The idea of making money by doing something unique and that you love is by no means a new one, but in today’s tough economy, people seem to be growing more and more innovative in the ways that they pay their bills. Talented cooks are opening food trailers or becoming caterers; photographers are advertising unique photography packages and deals through discount networks like Groupon; artists, jewelers, crafters, and carpenters alike are writing blogs and creating a bigger presence on social media. The rules of the game have changed dramatically in the last few years.
And yes, among these creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial go-getters are people, just like you and me, who have a passion for playing video games.
Whether you like it or not, video games do play (pun intended) a major role in our world today. 183 million people in the United States alone spend at least one hour a day playing video games, and in the world, we spend a whopping 3 BILLION HOURS A WEEK playing video games (Jane McGonigal, author of Reality is Broken.)
So it only makes sense that some of the more expert players would cash in on their passion. From becoming professional video game testers to entering into tournaments, gamers all over the world are not only earning some side cash, but also in some cases, earning a living with their skills.
Video gaming is just one of many options to make money doing what you love. We’ll follow up with some more examples in later posts, but for now, ask yourself this: What are your talents? What are your passions? Try to come up with an innovative andcreative way to combine these skills, whatever they may be, with a way to make a profit.
And if you’re stumped, check out our post on Side Hustles for some inspiration!
5 Innovative Ways Some Gamers are Cashing In:
1) Tournaments: Once upon a time, professional gamers ruled the videogame tournament world, but that seems to be changing these days with a handful of companies that allow individual players to challenge friends and strangers with similar levels for cash.
2) Warcraft: World of Warcraft adepts are making a profit these days by leveling their characters above 70 and simply selling their “gold.” You WoWers out there will know what that means—and you’ll know that it isn’t as “simple” as it sounds!
3) Second Life: In this virtual reality game players can take on jobs to earn “Linden dollars,” which can be converted into US dollars (one Linden is worth about half a cent.) Some more experienced players out there take on more intensive jobs to earn more money, and in the case of Anshe Chung, even earn millions (of dollars!)
4) Starcraft: There are a few ways players are cashing in on Starcraft. They’re entering tournaments (as seen above); they’re offering their services as coaches for other gamers; they’re becoming “casters” for tournaments or on YouTube; and companies are even earning a profit by advertising within the game.
5) Professional Testing: Remember in the movie Big when Tom Hanks gets paid to play with toys? Well, as a full-time tester, people are doing just that (except with video games, of course!) Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
What passions or skills could you put to use to earn some extra cash, or perhaps even a living? Share your idea below—perhaps you’ll even see it in an upcoming post!
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