Need or want to add a little income to your favorite hobby of gaming? There is more than one way to make money gaming. However, they all require work. At least you’ll be involved with something you love though!
You can make money by having people watch you as you play games. The biggest and best place to do this is on Twitch. If unaware, Twitch is a live streaming platform intended for video gaming specifically. There are numerous ways to make money streaming yourself playing games on Twitch.
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The first way to make money steaming is asking for donations. This is pretty easy considering Twitch lets you add a donation button to your page. That way it is super easy for your viewers to send you some cash.
The second way is through ad revenue. There is a Twitch Partner program that can earn you a nice little steady amount if you have enough viewers. It’s true the majority of people have ad blockers these days, but not everyone does, and that can bring you real money without any extra work.
The third way to make money on Twitch is through the Bit system. Bits are an online currency that viewers can choose to gift their favorite streamers. Viewers gain these bits through watching 30-second ads on Twitch. If you get gifted Bits, then you can exchange them for real money. For example, 1,000 Bits equal ten dollars.
The last way to make money on Twitch is the biggest: getting subscribers. Once you’ve collected 500 subscribers that is when you can become a Twitch Partner, like a mentioned above. You get the benefit of making ad revenue when you do so, but you will also get paid for each subscriber you gain!
Youtube! Now let me just mention right off the bat that combining several of these money making suggestions will only help. For instance, you can use Youtube to promote your Twitch account. Do that by posting highlights from your streamed gaming sessions.
However, you don’t need to stream to become a Youtube gaming personality. Make walkthroughs with or without commentary or create video reviews of games. Both are great options for gaming YouTube videos. There is a lot of competition out there so be prepared to fight for the attention of viewers.
There are a couple ways to make money with YouTube. The first I mentioned above. That is to use it as a platform to advertise other ways you are making money. Guide YouTube viewers to your Twitch account, or a web page you have. The second way is ads. Ads make the internet go around.
#3 Gaming Journalism
Want to share with other gamers what is new in gaming? Well, you can do just that and earn money while doing it. Write reviews, find gaming news, do interviews, and share new games.
The easiest way to go about this is building up your skills and applying to companies that already do just that. There is the option to make your own website like I mentioned. That is a significant amount of more work, but the earnings could be greater. Though, if you ever hit it big, you can hire people to do some of the work for you. Before all that though, you would have to run an entire website–including promoting, website creation, and the journalism itself. Plus, it’s a competitive market.
#4 Walkthroughs/Gaming Guides
If you know a game completely, every nook and cranny, then writing a walkthrough or guide is just for you. Lots of people love them and will even pay money for one.
Once you’ve written your walkthrough, you should consider it an ebook and sell it as such. That means you can self-publish on Amazon or Killer Guides. Your game guide could sell for $15 or more! What I absolutely love about this choice is once you’ve completed the initial work there isn’t much left for you to do but collect money for years. However, you do want to get in quick. Being the first guide will really help with sales.
#5 Farming Gold/Items or Selling Character
Farming gold and items in some games are banned (like World of WarCraft), but in other games it is a-okay. Counter Strike: Global Offensive is one of the games that actively promote it. This option for money making is unfortunately very time consuming and not particularly attractive. However, you can make some real cash.
Perhaps the easiest way to sell goods is through Steam. Use their community market to sell items and gold for money.
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You can also sell your MMO character, instead of gold or items. Now, this is strictly banned in a lot of games so you should definitely check up on that before trying to sell a character. Once you have all that sorted out, you can auction off your character at Player Auctions. Just remember, people want the best, and if that isn’t your character then you may not make much money.
#6 Game Testing
Not all it’s cracked up to be, but bragging rights are still a plus. The biggest complaint about this one is you’d think it’s great but it’s actually pretty boring. Possibly more entertaining than farming gold and items at least.
The better paid and more reliable way to do this would be to be hired on as in-house gaming tester for a company. However, you do not need to do that. There are several places online where you can sign up to play some games and make some cash. Some places to check out for that are PlaytestCloud, BetaFamily, MyAppAware, BestReviewApp, and ErliBird.
#7 Professional Gamer
Become a professional gamer in esports is not for any old player. This is for the experts among us. This is the hardest thing to accomplish on the list but if you have the skills that set your sights on this goal!
#8 Gaming Coach
With a whole mess of people who would like to be professional gamers that means there is a need for gaming coaches. You can sign up at Gamer Sensei and make $25/hour to tutor others in a game. Hey, and get good enough maybe you can even aim to be a gaming coach for a professional or collegiate team!