Are you a gamer or Eathlete?
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Are you into video games of any kind? Do you find the games you play simply irresistible and downright addictive? If you are a gamer then you have a lot of company. It is estimated that the number of gamers worldwide currently stands at almost 2.5 billion video gamers and eathletes.
These are mostly teens and 20 somethings, but there are also quite a few gamers in the 36 to 49 age group and believe it or not the 50 and over age grouping accounts for a whopping 18% of the total number of video gaming enthusiasts worldwide.
Can you make money with video games?
With so many video game lovers worldwide it’s only natural that ways would be found to make some money with video games, and since the development of the first electronic game back in 1947, companies that make and sell video games have grown the video game industry to a total worth of over a hundred billion dollars.
But the question today is Can YOU make money playing Video Games? I mean you the gamer, the eathlete or video game lover?
You’ll be pleased to know that the answer to that question is a definite yes. Yes, there are ways that you can make money from your video game expertise.
It may come as a surprise to you, but there are even some highly skilled gaming enthusiasts who have been able to earn millions of US dollars before getting to the age of 30, by treating their gameplay like actual full time employment.
Better than that, a 16 year old named Kyle Giersdorf won himself $3 million US dollars back in July 2019 when he came out as the champion among 100 world class players of the video game Fortnite.
Kyle, who goes by the name “Bugha” in the gaming world, says that he spent 6 hours a day playing games in preparation for that moment, and has been playing video games since he was only 3 years old.
That’s 13 years worth of acquired gaming experience. If you look at it in monetary terms, then that’s a payback of $230,769.23 for each year Kyle spent having fun and acquiring his video game skills.
Not too bad at all, right?
Another example of a video game millionaire is the very popular gamer on Youtube Pewdiepie. Pewdiepie who’s real name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg is said to be the most subscribed Youtuber worldwide and at the age of 29 has amassed a fortune of 30 million US dollars, mostly from his Youtube channel which he started back in 2010.
Now that we have successfully proved that there is in fact money to be made by people like you and me in the video game industry, your next logical question will be somewhere along the lines of.
How can I make money with video games?
So let us take a look at the different ways that you can make money in the video game industry.
Some of the ways i present below are great for the younger generations from the 90’s to 2000’s who grew up playing video games and are veritably experts at the games they love.
But those of you from the earlier eras who don’t belong to the 21 % of gamers mentioned in the chart above don’t need to worry.
There are still ways for you to make money in this industry too without you taking the risk of getting your asses kicked by the younger pro gamers and eathletes.
Read on to see the different ways that we all can benefit.
1. Create and sell your own video game related merchandise
As promised this is one way that you can make money without actually playing the games yourself. This is also a way for you to start your own online business and the possibilities for making money are limitless. There is basically no limit to how much you can make. It all depends on your own ingenuity and creativity.
As an example, take a look at what this person did. They decided to create an online store to market some call of duty merchandise. Then they either created this replica of the Ray Gun Mark 2 or paid somebody to do it for them. Now they’re selling in Etsy store.
This Ray Gun replica is now going for the price of $180 on Etsy. That’s probably a fair price considering the amount of work that must have gone into it’s creation. See for yourself.
This item was said to be hand crafted but if you want to utilize cutting edge technology to create your video game merchandise then you can consider the use of a 3d printer to create high quality real looking replicas, like the one below which is a Fortnite Heavy Sniper Rifle replica.
This one sells for $100 on Etsy.
And of course it doesn’t have to be all about Call of Duty and Fortnite weaponry or any other cool video game weapons either. You can sell Call of Duty Tee shirts, mugs, keychains and other sort of game merchandise on Etsy or any of the other top ecommerce platforms that you choose to do business on.
The second way to make money is the one that all you video games lovers have been waiting to hear about.
2. Earn money playing games
Play in Tournaments
If you think you’re a world class video gamer, then maybe it’s time you took the tournament test. See if you’re as good as you think you are or you’ll be a total washout when up against the best that the gaming world has to offer.
Maybe you could become an instant self made multi millionaire like Kyle AKA Bugha who beat 99 other players to earn himself the top spot and $3 million USD.
How hard could that be? I mean it’s only a stupid game right? Easy peasy!
Well, if you believe within yourself that you can deliver the goods, then by all means you should give it a try.
The video game tournaments business has grown by leaps and bounds since 1972 when the very first video game tournament dubbed the Intergalactic SpaceWar Olympics was held on the grounds of Stanford University in California USA.
These days there are multiple tournaments spanning a fairly large cross section of game genres. From action games such as the latest Shoot em up games (schmups) and the top of the line addictive Call of Duty game and Counter-Strike game franchises to popular eathlete games such as the Fifa eWorld Cup.
There are also tourneys for the fighting games such as Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, and Mortal Combat 11 among the popular games where you can compete for the top spots in the tournaments.
And of course, there are other genres as well, if you’re not into all the blood and gore stuff, or not too keen on using the latest and greatest virtual weaponry to maim and kill as many of the other player’s avatars as you can in order to come out on top of the pile and scoop up the prize money.
For conscientious video game players like that there are Mutiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) Games such as League of Legends, Warcraft 111 and Defense of The Ancients.
Pokemon fans aren’t left out of the fun either, as they’ve got the Pokemon World Championships to look forward to.
As you can see, there are a lot of games that one can play at tournament levels and earn lots of money. Some of the top tournament players
earn themselves millions of dollars each year just from playing video games for profit at the tourneys.
Pity that the regular 9 – 5 isn’t designed to be as much fun and as rewarding as a job playing video games in these tournaments.
Money making gameplay for the novice gamer
Luckily for guys like me who would just end up being cannon fodder for all those 9 – 15 year old video game Rambos online there’s still a glimmer of hope that we can earn a few dollars from playing games.
For people like us who have been wondering how to play video games and make money there are some websites where we can go to play games and earn some moolah. Some of these sites pay in cash, while others may pay in rewards points that are sometimes redeemable for cash.
If you’re like me then here are some of the places you can go to find video games you can make money off of as a novice player.
First up is MistPlay. This one is not a website that you go to. Instead it’s an app that you can download to play games and earn points for those games.
You can play by yourself (so you can feel like you’re an ace), or you can play against other gamers. If you don’t get your ass kicked in this multiplayer mode you can qualify for a place on the Leaderboards. If you’re good enough, that is.
When you earn points with the MistPlay games you can redeem them for gift cards to Amazon, StaBucks and others.
Other gaming opportunities that pay you in reward points include SwagBucks and InboxDollars. But, apart from just rewarding you to play games these two will also reward you for taking surveys, surfing the internet and watching videos.
Learn about other websites and apps where you can earn rewards like this right from your phone.
Exodus takes you on a ride into the future. 1.000 years into the future to be exact. In this imaginary future era our dear beloved planet earth has been rendered uninhabitable, and the human race is now resident on Mars.
Maybe the creators of this game spoke to the billionaire Mr. Elon Musk, who is currently working on creating a spaceship to take humanity to Mars. Partially as a contingency plan in case anything does in fact happen to our earth.
Anyways, in the Exodus 3000 game your aim is to explore the very alien Martian landscape, form alliances and also fight off your enemies.
You are rewarded for your efforts in the Martian currency of this time. That’s called the Martian Dollar, and you earn this by mining volcanoes, searching ruins and of course attacking other players. After all we are humans aren’t we, and war is one of the things we do best.
You can convert your futuristic Mars Dollars into cash rewards for use outside the game in the real world back here on earth in the present, but Mars dollars aren’t worth a whole lot. It takes 300,000 Mars Dollars to be able to convert to a $20 USD in cash.
LuckTastic gives you the opportunity to scratch for winnings, similar in a way to the way you do with the Lotto Scratch Off games.
There is one little annoying feature with this app though, but I’m assuming this probably how the developers earn money themselves. The feature I’m talking about requires you to watch quite a few ads before each and every scratch card game you get to play.
You earn winnings from the scratch offs in the form of cash, which you can withdraw using Dwolla or opt to receive via a check in the mail. You can also receive tokens which can then be redeemed via gift cards for some of the top retailers like Amazon etc, also for restaurants and the like.
There are many other games available for the novice gamer, and we will look in depth at these and many more in an upcoming post. So check back here in future to read that post and other related posts about how to make money with video games and other electronic games and online games.
Until then, let us move on to other ways to make money in the video game industry…
3. Earn money as a Video Game Coach
With so many esports and video game tournaments popping up worldwide these days as shown earlier in this post, it is becoming more and more common to find people teaching others how to play and win at their favorite video games.
Whether the game is one of the fast paced and difficult action ones such as PubG or Call Of Duty, or it’s a game such the MOBA games or even Pokemon, the demand for experienced gamers who can teach new gamers how to play is rising steadily.
As a Video Game Coach or Game Sensei you stand to earn in excess of $50,000 USD per year if you make this a full time gig.
That’s a really decent salary for teaching someone to play games and with more and more parents catching on to the possibility that their kid could be the next Kyle Giersdorf, things are only gonna get better and better.
So if you’re an expert gamer yourself and you’ve got a bit of time in the day to spare, why not take this on as a gig and make some decent extra cash.
If you’re interested in taking this on board, there are several websites that are actively seeking coaches to play this role. One of these sites is called GameCoach. You should look them up online and get in touch. Just make sure to put your coaching cap on.
4. Money Games On Youtube
Now we’re venturing into PewDiePie land. This is his domain and we give him his deserved respect as the king of Youtube gaming.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a space for you to come aboard and make some money from Youtube gaming as well.
Youtube is a community of billions of people worldwide. A large percentage of whom are young people so I’m sure that even a few would be appreciative of your distinct style and expertise as it relates to gaming.
We all know that some levels in our favorite games can be a bitch (so to speak) and sometimes no matter how much we play the level we can’t get past that darned Boss or whatever other obstacle those wicked game developers put in our way.
But of course there’s always a way to beat the Boss, and if you know how to do it and can share it on a Youtube Channel you could become an overnight success, beloved by a whole heap of frustrated gamers worldwide.
If this sounds like fun to you then you ought to fire up a new Youtube channel and film yourself beating down that dreaded boss. Then put it on your Youtube channel and watch the views roll in.
Gamers will be delighted, and remember you only have to do this once. So you only need to record yourself winning against that pesky boss one time. Put that on your Youtube channel. You can discard the other 99 times where the boss kicked your ass.
You can monetize your gaming videos by adding an affiliate link or two to some resource that can further help your viewers who are gamers themselves. Maybe a link to a new headphone that works like a charm or the best game controller on the planet.
Just the other day I saw a young gamer friend of mine buy a set of firing triggers for his Samsung Galaxy S9 phone (that’s the best way I can think of to describe them).
His name is Dane and he’s currently into the new Call of Duty game. Damn good at it too. Anyways whenever he plays from his phone now he just attaches these triggers to his phone.
Once he does that there’s absolutely no stopping him and I’ve watched him win quite a few tournaments online including ones where he’s up against 99 other players worldwide.
The man’s a virtual Call of Duty killing machine and I’m wondering if he would get anywhere in one of those world class tournaments I mentioned earlier in this post.
Maybe one day we will find out.
Another way to monetize your Youtube account is by allowing Youtube ads on your video content, for which you get paid. You qualify for this sort of monetization as soon as you reach a specified number of views or subscribers.
This is one of the ways that PewDiePie makes his money and there are many other successful Youtubers out there worldwide who earn real good money from these Youtube ads.
You could be one of the next generation of successes. So get on board.