Can I Make Money Playing Video Games? A Short How-To Guide

A decade ago, the sole thought of playing video games for a living would’ve landed you in a mental institution. Back then, esports was still a term in the making, with the industry being everything but promising, and people fantasizing about it being dubbed as nerds and geeks.

Nowadays, the situation is totally different. The esports industry has developed into a behemoth featuring plenty of career opportunities. Well paid career opportunities, mind you!

Making Money by Playing Video Games | A Dream Come True

Most of them, however, aren’t directly tied to playing video games. When talking about that, specifically, there are two flourishing career opportunities that can make you rich while allowing you to play video games all day long.

Professional Esports Athlete

Professional esports athletes get to play video games all day every day! It’s a career unlike any other, right? Well, wrong – being a professional esports athlete means you have to dedicate your life to a single game. You have to thrive on being the best at it, dedicate all your free time and potentially live far away from your family.

Being a professional esports athlete is a demanding career choice. However, it can be a fulfilling one, especially if you’re passionate about the esports industry. And don’t even get me started on the money these players make. Year after year, we see salary increases on top of more and more lucrative prize pools on esports events. But, is a ton of money worth the aforementioned sacrifices? I leave that for you to decide…

Streamer/Youtuber

You saw this one coming, didn’t you?

Of course – who wouldn’t want to be a Twitch streamer or Youtuber in this day in age? A popular Twitch streamer or Youtuber, to be precise. There’s big money involved in this career, as long as you can create a proper brand, that is.

On the bright side – you can play whatever you want whenever you want. The biggest downside – getting a fanbase that’s large enough to support you. Plus, there’s more to being a streamer/Youtuber than meets the eye…

Obviously, it takes much more than playing video games to succeed. You have to be tech-savvy, be on point with video editing, and be a natural in front of the camera. If everything aligns properly and you got the persona to entertain the masses, you might just become the next big thing in the streaming business!

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