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3 Ways to Make Money from Social Online Gaming

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Make Money from Social Online Gaming

 

Making a living from playing computer games seemed like just a dream for children and teenagers in the 1990s. Today, it is a reality for many.

Though historically they were considered popular only among boys, many females today are making a living from playing computer games. They are often considered role models among the younger generation, who will one day hope to follow in their footsteps.

For those looking for inspiration today, here are three modern ways to make a living from online gaming:

 

1. YouTube

Pewdiepie, El Rubius and Fernanfloo may be familiar names to you depending on your age demographic and interest in online gaming. These are just three YouTubers who make a living from playing games on their channels.

 

Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, is a Swedish gamer, who only turned 30 last year but has over 100 million subscribers to his channel and has made at least seven figures from YouTube alone.

 

This is just the top end of the market. There are several other gamers with a smaller number of YouTube subscribers who are making a comfortable living or on their way to doing just that. There has been an increase in the number of popular female gamers too, creating role models for young girls to make a living from online gaming.

There’s a whole range of games that get covered and certainly not just the most popular ones on the latest games consoles. PC games, mobile games, even free slots games get covered, as well as old school games from the last millennium, including the SEGA Master System, original Nintendo and more.

2. Twitch

Perhaps YouTube was the originator of people watching others playing computer games, but that was originally done on pre-recorded and edited videos. Playing games live on Twitch in front of an audience is becoming more and more popular.

 

Although the figures are somewhat short of YouTube currently, with the biggest channel, Ninja, having 14.7 million followers, the system continues to gain in popularity. And whilst YouTube channels rely largely on advertising for their revenue, Twitch encourages users to pay a small subscription fee for each streamer.

 

Indeed, it has become so popular that many streamers also make a living from this too now. Whilst Twitch isn’t solely for computer games it’s certainly one of the more popular users. And although the system takes 50% of a users’ revenue, fans are seemingly willing to donate a few dollars regularly to encourage their streamers to continue entertaining them.

 

We’ve noticed this is particularly popular among female gamers, particularly with those who are interested in cosplay.

 

3. eSports

One industry that has seen a big boom in 2020 has been eSports. It had been quietly growing for a number of years but with more and more celebrities and athletes seemingly getting involved this year and ever previously, the popularity has grown exponentially.

 

Whilst many players will look to create a YouTube and/or Twitch stream to begin with, those who are really, really good and computer games look to become professional eSports players. Sasha Hostyn, player ID Scarlett, is leading the way among female players, hoping to become a role model as she continues to make a living from this.

 

The top players, most of them still in their 20s, have earned seven figures, with those at the very top surpassing the $10 million mark. And as mentioned in the opening paragraph, the growth in popularity in eSports in 2020, could lead to becoming sponsorships and therefore bigger paydays to the players.

 

Many football clubs employ eSports players full-time to represent their team in popular online tournaments.


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