You can make good amount of money by just playing video games. Video games forums are awash with what are perhaps somewhat embellished tales of the financial rewards available, but there can be more than a few pennies to be made if you are shrewd. Everyone knows there are prizes galore to be won if keen gamers decide to take up the slightly bizarre title of professional gamer with competitions offering large financial rewards for the very best.
Exchanging virtual goods
The buying and selling of virtual goods is nothing new, but with some games operating a sort of in-game auction house, there is money to be made. This method arguably exploded with Diablo III’s, the action role playing game in which characters choose one of five classes such as Witch Doctor, Barbarian, Wizard, Monk or Demon Hunter, and are tasked with defeating Diablo, the Lord of Terror. Blizzard take $1 out of each sale, as well as another 15 per cent when you pay via PayPal, but some players have claimed they have made much money through the process.
Game testing or play testing is where large video game companies employ video game testers, who test games in development and report any problems or glitches they discover. Although this may sound like a perfect job, approach this money-making scheme with caution. All video games testers sign non-disclosure agreements, so bear this in mind as well as some of the anonymous comments below before embarking on a job as a play tester. They flat-out tell you that what makes a good employee is the number of bugs you find and it is this number that will determine if you are kept on or not.
Playing Game videos
Although this is probably overdone, recording videos of you playing games, putting them on YouTube and then monetising them is a possible source of video game income. However, one thing to watch out for is that for YouTube to allow you to monetise your video, it has to have a running commentary over the entire video, not just snippets or you silently playing the game. Videos simply showing a user playing a video game or the use of software for extended periods of time may not be accepted for monetization.
Training for gaming career
This procedure is quite unique and can get you enough cash but in a tiny number of cases it is possible to make the jump from the virtual world to the real world, and make money that way. Quite frankly we were of the opinion your tenure with us would have been short-lived, as your undoubted talent would result in one of the big European Clubs seeking your services.