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Top 10 Ways To Make Money Gaming From Home

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List Of Ways To Make Money Gaming From Home

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10 Ways To Game For Money At Home

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Many would attribute this quote this to the Stanley Kubrick horror classic The Shining, and you wouldn’t be blamed for doing so. This quote is actually centuries old, and its origin still remains unclear. This quotes existence and age provides a wonderful insight into human nature, we love games as much as GAME. With how many of life’s problems have been gradually solved, and how much we have automated the world we live in we now have more free time for play than ever. If you are one of the many people who love gaming why not have a try at earning a bit of cash during your fun? Here are a few ways that you can happily profit from your time gaming.

1. Become A Playtester

Have you ever been curious to see the process of how videogames are made? Maybe even wanting to be a part of that process? In that case, being a playtester might be right up your alley. You do not need to have programming or coding knowledge to be a playtester as you are not building the game, you are instead looking for problems that need to be addressed.

What it involves

You will be presented with a build of a game close to completion and be tasked with extensively testing the game’s areas and mechanics. You will be provided will some guidelines on where to focus your efforts and what you are looking for. As you progress with your testing you will need to be diligently documenting your findings. The reports that you hand in need to be extensively detailed and precise.

Issues you may face

Since the job fairly low skilled and many people want to do it, you won’t be earning a whole lot for your efforts. Additionally, you won’t have much choice regarding what you’ll be playtesting, there is a risk of you being stuck playing a game in a genre that you hate. Finally, many games being produced are mobile games rather than big-budget console games. The odds of you playtesting the next Mortal Kombat or Grand Theft Auto game are extremely slim.

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2. Write Articles About Games

If you want to tap into your creative side and have a lot to say, then become a games journalist or blog writer could be a great path for you to take. You could join a website or create your own and write about the latest and greatest games. Or you could even focus on retro games. You could also act as a freelancer and get paid on a per article basis.

What it involves

There are a lot of different article types that you can create with regards to gaming. You could write reviews for new releases, lists compiling and ranking various games against each other, blog posts about news surrounding games and companies etc. You will need to keep fully up to date with news and developments surrounding the industry. Devoting a lot of time towards playing particular games is also crucial.

Issues you may face

Getting off the ground and establishing a name for yourself will be difficult and tedious. You will have to work and write for quite a while before you can begin monetisation, and if you’re trying to be hired for a website you may need to spend months establishing a portfolio of work. You will also be a slave to current trends. To get people to read your articles you will need to write about popular subjects that everyone is paying attention to. It can be quite hard to write for subjects that you lack an interest in, so you may struggle during these crucial early months.

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3. Play Games For Research Companies

There are several online survey companies out there. Sites like Swagbucks offer reward points for completing various tasks, one of which is playing videogames. These points that you acquire through these services can be exchanged for various rewards including cash.

What it involves

Once you are signed up with the website of your choice you will have several options for tasks to complete, one of these tasks is playing videogames. These games will almost always be mobile games so you will need to have a device that can run them. You may be asked to do certain things within the game. If you want to earn extra money on these platforms you can also fill in surveys and product reviews.

Issues you may face

These games won’t earn you a lot of money unfortunately, these services never pay particularly well and as such, they can’t adequately substitute for the income you would receive at a job. You will also be playing a lot of mobile games rather than larger console and pc games. They can get quite repetitive at times.

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4. Become A YouTube Content Creator

YouTube is one of the largest online platforms for user-created content in the world, this has been especially true ever since they were acquired by Google a few years ago. One of the largest sections within YouTube is gaming. Various forms of video content related to videogames are popular on the site including Walkthroughs, guides, montages, discussions, speed runs, playthroughs (sometimes dubbed “let’s plays”) etc. In fact, one of the current largest YouTube channels, PewDiePie, built his enormous following of over 90,000,000 subscribers from playing videogames.

What it involves

To succeed on YouTube, you will need a lot of things. You will need a way of capturing your footage from your game, you need to be able to record at 720p minimum in order to meet high viewer expectations. Depending on what type of content you wish to make you may also need a microphone to record your voice and a camera to record yourself. Once you have the equipment sorted to record yourself you will also need an effective brand for your channel, something that catches attention and can be easily remembered. Finally, you will need editing software and some expertise using that software.

Issues you may face

YouTube rewards consistent daily uploads, in order to meet this goal and get the YouTube algorithm on your side you will need to put in a lot of work. It has become much harder to succeed on YouTube ever since the Google acquisition, various copyright detecting algorithms on the site can result in videos randomly being taken down or demonetised. The intense competition can also make it quite hard to stand out amongst the crowd and develop an audience.

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5. Become A Competitive Player

Many games today have either a heavy online focus or are entirely played online. These online games usually spawn intensely competitive communities. By becoming a competitive player, you can start participating in tournaments for cash prizes.

What it involves

You will have to start small time simply by playing the game for several hours every day to practice. You may also need to consult outside resources created by other players to find new strategies and tactics. After this, you can begin working your way up the ranked ladder of your chosen game to reach more difficult competition and improve further. As you join and place highly in large tournaments you will begin earning cash from the prize pool. Many different games including Magic Arena, Dota 2, Counterstrike Global Offensive, Hearthstone and League of Legends all have high stakes tournaments with big cash prizes. It may be best to pick a game that isn’t team-based so you don’t have to rely on others.

Issues you may face

The sheer volume of time that you are required to invest in practice cannot be underestimated. You will have to always be playing to win and pushing every advantage and tactic you have. Closely following the changes and patches of the game in order to prevent yourself from lagging behind the competition will also be important. You will most likely have to forsake playing other games and wholly dedicate yourself to one game. Even after all the dedication and satisfaction you have made, it will still take months or maybe even years to see the fruits of your labour.

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6. Become A Live Streamer

live streaming is a trend that has gradually gained popularity over the years. Platforms like Twitch and YouTube allow users to post their content on the web live as its happening. This creates all kinds of avenues of opportunity for creativity and audience interaction. As the audiences for these services continue to expand and large companies begin to take it seriously (Amazon purchased Twitch a few years ago) many people take the chance to become streamers and work doing what they love. One of the main forms of content that come from live streams is videogame playthroughs.

What it involves

Just like YouTube, you will need equipment to record your gameplay, in addition to your voice and face. Streaming is substantially easier than creating videos, there is no editing involved, you just broadcast yourself as you play the game. As you broadcast people will join to watch you, they can donate money to you and type messages in your chat. Engaging effectively with your chat is critical to your success as the live chat feature is one of the main draws of the platform. Streaming at the same time consistently as many times a week as possible is important to building your audience. You can gain sponsorships from companies if you are big enough.

Issues you may face

There is no guaranteed formula to success, it can take a very long time to actually build up an audience that wants to watch you consistently. Picking a time zone that’s suitable for you and your intended audience is important. Some viewers are very fickle and may leave at even the slightest inconvenience. Making money this way will not be viable for a while so be prepared to invest a lot of your time to building up your stream. Even when you do get a large following your earnings can be wildly inconsistent due to how much the average streamer relies on donations.

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7. Creating Guides/Walkthroughs

This has several overlaps with writing articles. Some people don’t have the time or desire to find everything in a game by themselves and some people lack the ability to finish some videogames. These people often consult the use of walkthroughs and guides to find the information they need. By creating content for these people, you can build a reputation as a great resource for less experienced gamers and get a lot of traffic.

What it involves

There are a few ways that you can create your walkthroughs. You can create video walkthroughs, text walkthroughs, image walkthroughs or even combinations of them. It will be necessary to create multiple types of walkthroughs, full game walkthroughs, walkthroughs for specific sections of the game, or you can cover how to complete challenges like trophies. You will need ways to capture footage and images from the game in high quality. Depending on the direction you choose to take you may also need to record your voice. This will allow you to talk through your process in real-time with the footage. Editing software and writing skills can also improve the quality of your content and lead to you getting more revenue.

Issues you may face

This is a competitive market and you will be at a severe disadvantage at the start. Often times established websites receive pre-release copies of games before the public do. This grants them a head start over you and they may have guides out before you can even acquire your copy of a game. Creating this content can be extremely difficult at the first step because you yourself may have difficulty with the section you want to write the walkthrough on. Formulating and perfecting strategies for games in a short span of time all by yourself can be unbelievably difficult and your work output may suffer because of it.

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8. Farming Items In Games

This might sound absurd (and to be honest it might be) but you can actually make money selling items that you unlock during your time playing games. Cosmetics and items are a very common method that game developers use to monetise their games, sometimes these games even have player-driven secondary markets and economies. This tends to drive the prices of high demand items through the roof. In certain games you can gradually unlock bonus items just from playing, selling these items can sometimes be incredibly profitable.

What it involves

First of all, you need to play a lot in order to get a steady supply of items. Hopefully, you’re prepared to dedicate several hours every single day to get your items. Once you have your items you need to put them up for sale and wait for them to be sold. If the game uses an auction house system, then players will bid on your items and the highest bid will win. Just like selling something on eBay. If you are using a different platform like the Steam Marketplace, then you can just set a price and wait for it to be sold.

Issues you may face

Unfortunately, there is a lot that can go wrong. First of all, the items that you get from playing are random, you have no way of controlling the quality or value of the items that you get so a lot of what you get will most likely become useless. The markets that you will be using can be volatile and prices can shift abruptly and cause you to lose out. Lastly, it cannot be understated just how much you need to play to improve the chances of getting better items. Expect very long days grinding away.

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9. Selling Your Accounts

Building up an account can take a long time and dedication that some people just don’t have. Especially in MMO’s where the really interesting and challenging content is at the end game hidden behind dozens of gameplay. A lot of players want to skip out on the early sections of a game and get right to the later parts, and they’re willing to pay to do so.

What it involves

This mainly involves just playing a game. If you are really good at a game or know tricks to skip sections and progress quickly then this may be very easy for you. Usually getting to max level is all you need to do, if you can get special time exclusive bonuses then the account will have increased value when those bonuses are no longer available. Additionally, you can do this in competitive games by getting the account to a high rank on the competitive ladder.

Issues you may face

Finding someone who would be willing to buy your account at a reasonable price could be tricky and there aren’t any official channels to help you sell it. The repetitive nature of constantly playing and restarting the same game constantly can make the experience quite boring. Additionally, the time investment required to get the account to a place where you can sell it is extremely high considering how little money you are actually going to get by selling it.

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10. Start A Podcast

Podcasts are another popular form of increasingly popular user content. A podcast is basically a discussion show that a few people get together to do. Podcasts can be done for a range of subjects and games are one of those subjects. You can talk about a wide range of topics in videogames such as new releases, classic games, videogame developers and publishers etc.

What it involves

You would need at least one other person with you to discuss your topics with. You will also need high-quality equipment to record your voices and possibly your face depending on what you want to do with your podcast. Brand identity is crucial to your success, so come up with a name that is easy to remember. You can live stream your podcasts as well for direct discussion with your audience. You can sell your podcasts on iTunes and get sponsorships to earn money. To create an engaging show, you will need to be well researched in order to find interesting topics of discussion and talk about them for a lengthy period of time. Forming a consistent schedule is also important as well as getting guests to appear on your podcast.

Issues you may face

Your issues are mostly going to come from other people. Finding a co-host that you can rely on to consistently be available to record with you. Getting guests to appear on your show can also present a challenge. Finding and developing your audience is also a struggle at the beginning, just like it is with all user-created content. Monetising your podcast will not be possible until your audience is established. Be prepared to do a lot of unpaid work at the beginning. Convincing other people to also do unpaid work can be difficult unless they are very close friends.

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