You can Keep reading to discover the top four ways you can earn a decent income through video games.
Participate in Tournaments
One of the simplest and oldest forms of making money off professional gaming is taking part in tournaments. Essentially, video games create communities, which become competitive over time. The competitiveness leads to tournaments and prizes. Therefore, if you’re good enough at certain video games, and you make an effort to engage in ongoing tournaments, you can make a lot of money. If you reach a certain stage in a tournament, you receive a share of the tournament’s prize pool. The prize pools are usually common in single-player-focused titles although the team competitions in the key tournaments usually share prize pools with players who represented the organization.
The best part is that you can join a team to increase your chances of winning the tournaments. OpTic Gaming is a good example of successful game teams available today. It’s known to win multiple awards, which can be as high as $10 million!
Become a quality assurance tester
Every video game you know is a result of coding. Game design companies often look for ways to make their games feel right and look as realistic as possible. Accomplishing this goal is not an easy task, and it often leads them to independent players to offer objective feedback about what is good, bad, or what works and what doesn’t.
Therefore, as far as video games exist, there’s always going to be a demand for quality assurance testers to “test” how fun or effective a game or certain upgrade is. As a QA tester, you get to play various designs and builds, and then report what you found. Generally, QA testers earn between $10 and $15 an hour.
Become a reviewer
You can also make money in the video games space by reviewing video games through online platforms, such as Amazon and YouTube. To be a successful reviewer, you need to establish yourself as a source of valuable information, build a following, and have people seek your opinion regarding various video games. As you can expect, you can generate cash by selling the games you review on an affiliate arrangement. Essentially, this means that the game’s manufacturer pays you a certain amount on each sale your website or video makes.
Just like blogging, how much money you make will depend on your content’s popularity, as you’ll be doing more advertising work. As a reviewer, you’ll need to stay up to date with the game space by playing and watching gaming highlights regularly to keep your content fresh.
Streaming is one of the most lucrative ways to make money as a non-competitive gamer. Twitch is the most popular streaming platform, and its average concurrent viewers is 1.44 million, according to Business of Apps. Since it entered the market in 2011, Twitch has become a preferred streaming platform among video game enthusiasts.
Twitch has a partner program through which its partners earn. As a partner, you can display ads on their channels and earn $3 for every 1000 ads viewed. On top of that, you get $5 per month for every subscriber you get.
You can also earn money off the platform through donations, as viewers usually have the option of donating money or a similar instrument through streaming platforms. For instance, Twitch has an instrument known as “bits.” 100 bits are equivalent to $1. Unfortunately, you cannot rely on donations alone as your source of income, as they usually coincide with random events. You may see a good influx of donations one month, and then have little or no donations over the next month.
If you want to make money through professional gaming, you have quite a number of options. As we’ve noted, you can start by participating in tournaments, become a quality assurance tester, become a reviewer or join twitch. Clearly, the game space is a lot more than just video games.