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In 2017, the video game industry hit $108.4 billion in worldwide revenue. And though free-to-play titles and mobile games did most of the driving, eSports is expected to surpass $1 billion this year. In the overall financials of the industry, eSports is a blip, but its continued growth means that big publishers like Activision, Electronic Arts and Riot Games are paying more attention.
If you’ve dreamed of playing video games for a living, becoming a pro gamer could be your golden ticket. Here are some ideas on how to make money playing video games. You may make millions or maybe one day win an Olympic gold medal off your hobby.
Twitch Streaming Lets You Make Money by Playing Video Games
Twitch may be one of the easier ways to make money playing video games. You don’t need to be on the world-famous team SK Telecom T1 to make money online gaming. Being a famous gamer can be as simple as playing games and streaming live on video platforms like Twitch. There, fans can interact with you as you play and pay to watch you show off your video games skills. Of course, it helps if you’re actually good at the game, and can talk strategy and character builds.
On Twitch, streamers with a few thousand followers and five-figure views earn an average of $3,000 to $5,000 per month playing 40 hours per week — and that’s just off subscriptions. And the pay can get even higher. For example, Twitch user and “Fortnite” mega gamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has more than 12 million followers and is making at least $500,000 a month on Twitch.
Posting Gaming Videos on YouTube Also Earns Money
If you’re not familiar with Twitch, YouTube is another viable option to earn big bucks streaming gaming content. However, it may be harder to make the big bucks YouTube Stars make — you’ll need a big subscriber base and lots of views.
In 2016 gamer PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, was YouTube’s biggest star and highest-paid personality on the social platform. PewDiePie made a cool $15 million thanks to his 50 million subscribers at the time. And although the Swedish streamer and gamer recently sparked controversy with racist videos, he still managed to pocket $9 million.
Do You Need Subscribers To Get Money?
Whether it’s Twitch or YouTube, you need subscribers to make money playing video games. It could take months to years to get there, but the payoff could be big. Video game content reached 1.2 billion views last year. And in order to get this gaming fix, people are willing to pay money to get the inside …….