Are you a winning gamer? We’re not talking gambling, of course, but good old-fashioned ‘develop your skills’ games. If you’re one of the people who always comes out on top when you tackle a computer game, you may just be able to turn your skill into a sum of money. A word of warning: there’s a lot of false info on the money to be made for gaming, so don’t absolutely bank on it!
Sell your characters for bucks
Have you built up a powerful character in one of the big games out there? A World of Warcraft character was once sold for $10,000. Although you’re unlikely to repeat this performance, you could still make a tidy amount if you have a particularly good character to sell. Armory bids and Player Auctions are among the websites that help with advertising and selling characters.
Play someone else up to the level they want to be
You’ll have to visit gaming forums for this, but some people don’t feel like playing a new character through earlier game levels. If you can get them where they want to be, you could get bucks for your efforts!
Become a YouTube Star
Believe it or not, there are people who will watch you play games online. If you get paid advertising, you can make bucks with your monetized channel. However, the competition is tough. You need to keep up a running commentary that helps other players, and it has to be hilarious and interesting before you get the kind of traffic that attracts top advertisers.
That said, people like PewDiePie and MarkiplierGAME are getting millions of hits on their YouTube videos, and PewDiePie has an incredible 16 million subscribers. He makes about $4 million a year from advertising according to Forbes. Do you fancy yourself as an entertainer? You might just become a gaming star and get rich into the bargain.
Sell game weapons or game money for real money
A lot of games depend on players being able to find good weapons or game money. If you don’t find enough of these items, it can seriously cramp your style as a player.
Many players are willing to buy that awesome magic sword or the extra swag you don’t need, provided there’s an in-game way to transfer the goods.
Talk to fellow-players in-game or on a forum. You might just make some real money from selling imaginary money and imaginary goods. Although Blizzard Entertainment no longer facilitates transactions, you can still swing a deal off-platform.
Write an eBook
If you know all the tips, tricks and cheats that can get someone through an otherwise tricky game, you can share your secrets for cash. Just make sure that the info you’re offering really is valuable enough to be worth paying for, and plan your marketing before you begin.
Yes. It is a bit of a spoiler, but some people don’t like the trial and error approach the rest of use, and will pay for an inside edge.
Be a game tester
It may not be as much of a cool job as you hoped it would be. The pay’s not brilliant, and you’ll have to play a lot of games you might not actually enjoy, looking for ‘bugs’. You also won’t be able to talk about your work to anyone because you sign a non-disclosure agreement. But if you don’t mind hard work for pretty low pay and have lots of patience, you can make a little on the side.
Play free games and win cash
It’s not altogether as easy as it sounds, but if you love gaming, you may as well turn some of the time you spend into money! CashDazzle, Lala Loot and Swagbucks are examples of games that could actually make you a few bucks in real life. GSN Games also offers cash prizes to top players.
Join a tournament for a cash prize
Are you always a winner? If you’re one of the people who plays games until you’ve become a master, you can enter tournaments with cash prizes. Check out HowCast to find out more about how to turn your passion into pennies – or even big bucks! Houston resident Michael La Belle says he’s won as much as $10,000 from a single tournament.
Tournaments are often organized by the games provider, and once again, World of Warcraft offers lucrative options for super-hot players.
Use your writing skills
Online job platforms often offer writing projects to experienced gamers. You could be scripting the game or even reviewing it online, and you can get paid. It’s not usually a massive amount, but if you’re a passionate gamer, it’s still better than nothing.
How about setting up your own blog site? If you get enough traffic thanks to your entertaining games reviews, you can monetize through advertising, or get people paying you to be a guest blogger on their sites, or even for just inserting links to their sites on your blog.
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