So you love gaming? But did you know it could be more than just a hobby? Yes, that’s right, you can actually make money from being a gaming extraordinaire. If you’ve been looking for a business idea to start bringing in some side money at home, here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Gaming Consulting
Your expertise in all things gaming is valuable. You can help other games, especially those just starting out, with your tips and knowledge. As gaming becomes more popular thanks to boom in gaming culture and advanced graphics, the need for gaming customer service is growing too. And the key to providing the best support for players is by having someone on the other end who actually knows what they’re talking about. After all, we all know how frustrating poor customer service experiences can be.
If it sounds too good to be true, we can assure you it’s not. In fact, take a look at nearly any job board and you’ll see gaming customer service positions with credible companies.
- Testing New Games
Many gaming companies hire people to test their games, which are commonly referred to as play-testers. If you want to have the opportunity to try the newest games, before anyone else, this is probably your dream job. And, you’ll be influential in the final version of the game when it’s released. In this role, you’ll be expected to play pretty heavily, so this is only a good option for those with a lot of free time on their hands. You’ll also need to help identify any issues and provided general feedback about gameplay.
If you’re going to become a play-tester, you should look into upgrading your device. Fortunately, there are plenty of high-quality laptops for video games that can take your gaming experience and performance to the next level. But the expense shouldn’t be too much of a burden because the average salary for game testers is currently over $67,000.
- Video Game Development
If you’re proficient in programming languages and have a deep knowledge of gaming, becoming a video game developer is a lucrative way to put your skills to use. If you want to work for a major gaming company, you should keep in mind that they typically require a degree and often demand long hours, even during the holidays. And, you’ll also need to be on top of all the latest gaming trends to remain ahead of the curve.
Another route is to freelance by starting your own business. As an independent developer, you’ll be on your own boss and on your own scheduling, meaning you can sleep all day and work all night if you want to.
- Starting a YouTube Channel
If you enjoy being in front of the camera, you might be able to strike up a following on YouTube. As a gamer, you have a good idea of trends, common problems, and other content other gamers would be interested in. Your YouTube channel could be focused on reviewing games, troubleshooting or you could even stream yourself playing games for viewers to watch.
To earn money, you’ll need to set up your channel for monetization which you can do once you’ve reached 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours watched. You can also make money through YouTube Premium. If your account becomes popular enough, you may even be able to make money off of branded merchandise.
Twitch is another option if you’re not into the YouTube idea. However, earning money on Twitch requires quite the commitment including broadcasting 500 minutes a month over at least seven separate days.
- Professional Gaming
If you’re especially skilled at gaming, why not make your hobby your full-time profession? Many professional gamers bring home a good amount of money, some even raking in millions. From YouTube to competitions there is more opportunity than ever for professional gamers to make a living.
Whether you’re more of a people person or prefer to work on your own doing analytical tasks, there’s a way to make money as a gamer. While the part-time positions are better for college students and those looking for some extra money, putting your all into one of these positions could prove to be a full-time career that you can support yourself with.