The average American gives up 1,788 hours of free time a year to go to work. That is 75 days without a raid. It means eleven weeks away from Tamriel. For over two months a year the Black Ops must fight a war without their most important soldier. These fictional worlds are not the only ones who suffer: so does each American citizen that must give up 50% of his life to working a job he hates and the sleep necessary to perform said job. For gamers, there is a way around this tragic loss of life. It is called gaming for profit and there are several ways to do it.
Once a taboo thing to do, gold farming has seen not only a surge in popularity but also a much welcome endorsement from game operators. Players of massive multiplayer online games (MMOs) can obtain a huge amount of gold in a short amount of time. They can then sell this in game currency for real life money, using auction houses that the Game Developers have set up. Companies like Blizzard get a cut of the money for allowing players to farm gold instead of banning them. Some players have bragged of earning up to ten grand doing this. It is a great way to earn money while playing World of Warcraft or Diablo, with little extra effort.
The easiest way to make a profit from gaming is to stream games online. Video gaming websites like Twitch are perfect for this. Console streaming requires capture equipment that runs around $100 but is well worth the investment. PC streaming is as simple as logging into Twitch and clicking the stream button. On Twitch, viewers have the option to subscribe to streaming channels they like. Each player gets a cut of the revenue they bring into the site. The more popular a gamer is, the more money he makes. A lot of people are able to do this full time.
Help Other Players
Players who are decent at writing and even better at gaming can write blogs or guidebooks for their favorite games. Long gone are the days of wandering around fictional landscapes, wondering what to do next or how to complete the latest puzzle. When stuck, gamers turn to Google. That is where the player made blogs and guidebooks come in. Websites such as Finalfantasy15guide.com make money using ads or company endorsement. Companies love publicity. If they like what they see, they have been known to sponsor a gamer to continue writing. Some have even published hard copies of player made video game guides.
Another way a player can help publicize a company is by writing reviews on games. A well written review such as in can go a long way in boosting sales. A writer who puts out reviews consistently, has a reliable opinion, and can persuade a reader to try the game, can make a killing profit. Ad revenue is, of course, still a thing. The perks of attracting a company’s attention are so much better though. The big reviewer names in the industry are given video games before their release date, so that they can pump up the anticipation of the game. Publishers pay these guys to talk about their projects and they give them free games. Not only is this a way to profit from gaming, but it is also cutting costs of the hobby.
Produce A Youtube Show
Reviews can also be done in a format that is much more fun: a comical tv show that inspires while evoking laughs. Scratch the review part too: produce a Youtube show about video games. So long as it attracts attention, it will make money. A man who goes by the name JonTron has amassed an impressive fan following this way. He has a few different Youtube shows, all of which depict him insulting games. Companies actually pay him to bad mouth their product. JonTron is a hilarious gamer and that is truly all it took for him to become famous. Well, that and a stellar cast and crew to make his videos professional, edgy, and well animated. He has even gained some fame from a parody he did of a Lady Gaga song. He dubbed it “The League and I.”
Dedication and passion turn playing games into a full time job. Instead of logging 1,788 hours at the factory, gamers should be logging into a career they love.
Samiri Lauren is herself a stay at home gamer. She earns an income through Twitch streaming. Gamers can connect with her on Google+