To find out, I did a little research. According to this article from MoneyPantry.com, there are six ways to make money playing video games:
- Test video games
- Sell “Gold” within a game
- Play in eSport tournaments
- Record “Let’s Play” videos
- Teach about video games
- Write about video games
I’m not sure if gaming aficionados have a fascination with the number “six” but the next article by Joel Lee also provides six methods to turn gaming into cash. What I appreciate about this article is the author is honest about the fact that making money at gaming is difficult, but he tells you his method, explains its challenges, and shows you how to begin.
Joel Lee’s tips:
In an article from howtogeek.com, Michael Crider outlines how to make money playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a game my son actually plays.
- Trade in-game items for cash
- Trade in-game money for real money
- Create items of your own
- Legitimate alternatives
- Less legitimate alternatives
Crider warns about the dubious nature of the “grey market,” selling game items outside the game for money.
All in all, it is possible to make money at gaming, but the caveat is that it isn’t easy. If my son really wants to make a go of gaming for bucks, he’s going to have to scramble, get good at it, and find his niche, which is what he would have to do in any other career. He definitely loves playing video games. If he pursues a career at it, I just hope he can do so and still maintain the sense of enjoyment from playing.