Can you turn video gaming into a career?

There aren’t many video-game lovers who don’t dream of getting paid to sit and play videogames all day. As you play a videogame, you constantly build strategies in your mind to win and if the game is entertaining enough, you’ll find fun ways to promote it to your friends, so they will play too. These simple, every day moves for gamers can earn you a significant income, plus a full-time job. Here are three ways to make your dream job happen through videogaming.

Live Streaming

To actually make a career out of playing videogames, you either have to know someone in high places or you have to get extremely lucky and meet someone who knows their game. However, there is a third option that is fairly new and helped several gamers turn their dream job into a reality. Remember in the early 2000s when people were wearing cameras on their helmets and hats to stream a day in their life? Live streaming is similar except no one is watching you cook breakfast. Viewers tune into Mixer ten and Twitch to watch their favorite players and personalities play a variety of video games.

Interaction between the player and viewers is huge in live streaming. If you have the skill set to communicate and play an amazing game, then you could potentially earn $300,000 a year or more. The good news is that streamers can earn money in several ways such as through tips, ad revenue and sponsorships.


eSports is a form of competitive, multi-player gaming system that takes a little more focus and time to actually get into a paying position. First, you need to know what type of games you like, and you are best at. There are first person shooters, real time strategies such as StarCraft, fighting games and even card games. Once you choose your genre, you find a suitable platform and study it like you do an exam. Once you’re in, you communicate with other played, you train, you attend camps, join teams and leagues and eventually participate in online tournaments to increase your online gaming presence. There are also a variety of positions available through eSports if you find that pro gaming is not your ideal job. Maybe you’re more interested in the software and technical side; the possibilities are endless if you’re a true game-lover.

YouTubeGame Channels

If you keep up with the gaming industry, the names Logan Paul and Mark Fischbach (Markiplier) may sound very familiar to you. Maybe it’s because they are the fourth-place winners on Forbes 2017 world’s highest-paid YouTube stars. How much money have these individuals made just from streaming on YouTube? Paul’s officially earnings were never stated, but he famously purchased a $6.55 million estate in Los Angeles in 2017. Fischbach reported making $12.5 million in 2017 and currently have over 19 million subscribers and is most famous for his horror video games such as “Five Nights at Freddy’s.”

In order to truly succeed in a paid video-gaming position, you have to be passionate about videogaming. You have to conduct research and gather the right tools you need to succeed. Profits may start slow, but with a little extra knowledge your bank account could be on an upward increase just from video gaming!

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