Esports or video game tournaments have now evolved into a new industry, professionals video gamers and teams now compete to win thousands of dollars of prize money that is offered by different video game sponsors.
As per market research, the video game tournaments or Esports industry is going to be worth around $ 1.5 billion within the next few years. Even if you are not a full-time gamer, and only play games as a hobby, if you are talented, you can earn from small to a large amount of money while doing what you love.
Below we have compiled a list of different methods through which you can earn money while playing video games.
Sign up on sites like Swagbucks and Mypoints & play different video games.
Many sites offer money just for signing up for free and doing different tasks, while include playing video games. On these sites, the users are offered points for playing games, which in turn can be cashed out using different methods like through PayPal or Amazon gift cards, etc.
This won’t be big money, but you will still earn something in return. Swagbucks single headedly has paid out more than 300 million dollars to its users.
You can work as full-time or part-time Game Tester.
If you spend a lot of time playing video games and have deep knowledge of this industry, you can make some serious money by testing different games even before they are released. Average beta game testers easily earn around $10-$20 per hour, while famous and advanced level gamers can get as high as $100 per hour to find loopholes and glitches in different games.
This industry isn’t mainstream yet, so you have to make a reputation for yourself to get offers for testing beta version games. Quality Assurance companies like VMC would be a good place to start looking for playtester jobs, other such places include Playtestix and PlaytestCloud.
You can sign up at these sites and keep a tab to find new positions as soon as they are available.
It can be really fun to get access to a game before it hits the market, on the other hand, it can be very boring if you have to play and test a game that is out of your niche.
Professional beta mode video game testers make a lot of money by getting rewards for finding flaws in the games, big video game companies are ready to pay a lot of money for making their game bug-free before launching them into the open market.
A loophole or flaw found after the game is released can be very embarrassing for video game companies, therefore they employ a lot of playtesters to play and test their new products.
Farming game currencies, equipment, characters, and gold.
If you spend a lot of time playing video games, you can earn some decent money from different farming methods. While some game companies are against such practices, others promote it among their gamers.
You can do some research online and find games of your choice that offer such opportunities. Different video games have their marketplace where you can buy and sell your stuff for cash.
Increase the level of your game character and sell it for a profit.
Most of the games only provide access to new levels after a gamer has completed some tasks or achieved certain goals. Many newcomers to a game are too anxious to spend time and increase their character’s level, in spite of spending their own time they are willing to buy high-level characters from other gamers.
Depending on the game and levels, one can easily make 100s or 1000s of dollars by selling their gaming character to interested parties.
Writing and making video reviews, walkthroughs, and guides for different games.
Writing an E-Book and earning money by making a YouTube channel is among some other options, this marketplace is quite competitive, so you need to be very skilled for gaining subscribers and buyers.
Streaming or posting your gameplay online.
This option is indeed very lucrative as top game streamers are making insane money nowadays. It takes some time to find followers and subscribers, but if you are an extraordinary gamer your followership will rise exponentially over time.
Most newcomers to famous games subscribe to streaming sites like Twitch, they also look for gameplay and game through videos on different YouTube channels. If users find your gaming skills entertaining and useful you will be able to make a lot of od money by this method.