If you were a kid who was into videogames, then at some point you undoubtedly had the dream of being paid to play games. It’s a dream that, unfortunately, most of us grew out of at one point or another. However, it might not be as unattainable as you may think. Here are some of the ways that playing games and making money can go hand in hand.
Twitch like the best of them
Streaming video games is a competitive market, but it’s one that a lot of gamers have been able to find success with. Twitch is the net’s largest platform for watching and streaming video game content. Bring the right games, a bright personality, and get engaged with your chat room and you can enjoy a communal gaming experience that can be lucrative if you’re lucky.
Start a gaming YouTube channel
Ever since YouTube was founded, video game channels have consistently been amongst the most popular. Let’s Plays (start-to-end playthroughs with commentary) used to be the most popular, but now influencers tend to do more deep dives, sharing opinions and analyses on certain games or bringing hidden gems to the spotlight. An ability to create engaging video content is just as important here as showing insight into gaming.
Play games with real stakes
Some games can earn you a little more money than others. Competitive gaming tournaments tend to come with prizes and there are, of course, online casinos aplenty to try your luck in. With free bet websites, you can game the system to make as much money as possible without having to spend, too. Of course, there are no guarantees when it comes to putting money on the line.
Become a tester
A lot of us might have dreamed of being a video game tester which is getting paid to play video games in its purest form. However, being a tester is real work. You may have to intentionally perform and repeat certain actions in order to find bugs and issues the developers can then repair. However, if you don’t mind a little monotony, it can serve as a good way to get your foot in the door of the gaming industry, and even get a sneak peek at some upcoming games.
Share your thoughts about it
The new media of gaming Youtube and Twitch channels has been challenging it to some degree, but traditional video game review outlets are still popular. As such, becoming a video game reviewer could be a good step for those who have a talent with the written word and plenty of opinions and insights to share on games. Many publications will accept submissions from anyone, so you don’t need formal training to become a reviewer.
It’s not exactly easy to make money playing games, even with the paths above open to you. Often, there are a lot of people trying to do the same thing so, in testing or streaming, for instance, you need to make sure you have some selling points to help you stand apart.