Almost everyone who has been online in the past five years knows that you can make money playing online games. The stories you have heard about people making millions of dollars playing online games are true, although doing so is hard work and requires a lot of dedication. Even with how competitive it is, it is still possible to make money playing online games. Here are several options for those interested in making money this way.
Start Live Streaming
One of the most lucrative ways of making money playing online games is through live streaming. What you need is a game you love playing, a computer that can play and stream at the same time, a streaming platform, and an audience. When choosing a game, you can choose one that you already enjoy playing and that has a large community, or a trending game that will garner you a lot of attention. Just know that bigger streamers will also be playing the latest games so choose wisely.
For a computer, a gaming computer with a decent CPU (latest or last generation) from AND or Intel and a powerful enough graphics card will do. The biggest streaming platform is Twitch, although you can also stream live on YouTube and Facebook.
Once all this is in place, you need to cultivate an audience. A large audience will allow you to monetize through ads while a loyal audience will allow you to monetize through donations and subscriptions. It might take a while to build a large audience, but if you have a good personality, are entertaining, and are good at the games you play, you will attract an audience of loyal viewers in a shorter period.
Try Your Hands at Casino Games
It is understood that there is no guarantee that you will make money playing casino games. That statement is not entirely true because it depends on the games you play. For games like online slots, there is a chance of making money, but the potential is much lower because this is a game based on luck and randomised algorithms.
Where the potential lies is in table-based games like poker. Poker is a skill-based game where, with enough patience and practice plus the right strategy, it is possible to make a lot of money. Most online casinos have live dealer games where you can play various variations of poker.
Before you can do that though you need to find live dealer online casinos. You can read more here to understand how live dealer casinos work and the games available. You can also use the same site, Online Casino Reviews, to find the best live dealer casinos in South Africa. They also post information on the best promotions, bonuses and offers by various casinos so you can take advantage of them, plus guides on various games like online slots and poker.
Write About Online Games
You do not have to play online games to make money as there are writing opportunities that will give you great results. You can either write for existing publications or start a blog. Starting a blog is the easier option, although it is challenging to grow a gaming blog because there are other publications dedicated to this.
If you can find an underserved niche, you can monetize the blog and make money this way. We know of websites that are dedicated to games like FIFA games or the 2K series of games. The types of content you need on your website include reviews, interesting news, and interviews. You can choose to focus on the industry, specific game, or genre.
You will also need to know how to source news and information and how to get in front of an audience before anyone else does.
If you are to write for an existing business or blog, you will need to be a great writer and understand how to source stories. This is the better option for most people because you do not have to think about sourcing and writing the content while managing a website at the same time.
Create Guides and Tutorials
Guides and tutorials are highly sought after especially after a studio releases a new game. You do not have to only create guides and tutorials on the latest games as you can also create ones for older games that people are interested in. There is a massive market of people who want to learn how to play a game, see if it is worth buying, or learn how to pass a certain stage.
The two types of guides and tutorials are video and written tutorials. The former works well for guides and walkthroughs while the latter works well for tutorials. You can then post the written content on your website or other blog and post video guides and walkthroughs on YouTube and make money that way.
A pro tip to consider is creating videos out of your written tutorials so you can monetize on both ends.
To get started, find a game with a sizable following, see what players are having trouble with, find a solution, and create content surrounding that solution. There is no limit here as you can cover everything from basic rules and gameplay to detailed level walkthroughs, strategies and raid guides.
Get Paid to Test Games
The game development pipeline involves various stages, one of which is testing. Developers need people who have not seen the game before to play the game, find loopholes, see if it has bugs and errors, and sometimes try to break the game. Game developers give testers all this leeway because you never know what will happen to and with a game once it is out in the public.
These days there is a lot of work testing mobile games as this sector becomes bigger, but there are still amazing opportunities to test PC and console games.
As you can see, there are various ways of using online games to boost your income. You do not necessarily have to play games, but can transfer the skills you already have to an area they are needed in the gaming industry and make money that way.
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