TUESDAY AUGUST 22, 2017
 
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CAN YOU REALLY MAKE A CAREER OUT OF ONLINE GAMING?
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Over the past 30 years, the video game industry has grown into a behemoth within the entertainment industry. What started with the personal entertainment systems of the 1980s has morphed into a multi-billion pound industry that competes with more traditional forms of media. With the invention of online gaming, countless millions have sought refuge in the world of online entertainment, making it a key driver of the industry's growth. The evolution has been so vast that mini-industries have now popped up relating to online gaming as a spectator sport, with endorsements, contracts and followings that rival that of sports teams.

An increasing number of online gamers are finding it possible to earn a living while playing their favourite online games. This begs the question: can you make a career out of online gaming, and who can expect to be successful by doing so?

DIFFERENT GENRES, DIFFERENT OUTCOMES

Online gaming is a massive entity that encompasses players from all walks of life. Likewise, there are a myriad number of niches in which players can earn a reputation, be successful and inevitably earn money.

ONLINE BONUS GAMES

One area in which online gaming is generating plenty of buzz – and huge payouts – is in the world of online bonus games. Many self-professed sweepstakes players earn livings through websites like Sun Bingo, where a variety of both skill and chance games like bingo and slot games attract plenty of people's attention.

ONLINE POKER

Comparable to online bonus games, another area where you'll find career gamers is in the world of online poker. Many of the world's best, most recent poker players were originally discovered through online tournaments and championships such as the World Championship of Online Poker. Despite the online nature of the game, the stakes couldn't be larger: prizes awarded in individual contests can often reach £5,000,000 or more.

MMORPGs

Perhaps most commonly imagined when discussing the world of online gaming, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) are increasing attracting the attention of sponsors and spectators alike. Through web services such as Twitch, players and fans from all over the world can watch their favourite players compete in real time via video streams.

METHODS OF EARNING A LIVING VIA ONLINE GAMING

Now that you're familiar with some of the broader types of online gaming that can help players make a career for themselves, what ways do these players actually derive income from doing so? There are several different methods, each of which are perfectly legitimate.

FARMING IN-GAME ITEMS

If you are focused on a MMORPG or a similar online genre, then you may very well be able to earn a living through farming various items in-game and selling them for profit. Through services such as PlayerAuctions, buyers and sellers can connect to trade in-game items for real-life currency. Depending on the specific game and the item(s) in question, this may not be allowed by the game's Terms of Service. However, many players use multi-boxing and other tactics to earn full-time incomes.

SOLICIT CONTRIBUTIONS FOR CONTENT

If you are a great gamer and can provide other players with awesome advice and content, then there is money to be made. Besides the use of Twitch, many online gamers set up accounts via Patreon, YouTube and other services to solicit donations in exchange for the great content they're providing. Many gamers earn sizeable incomes from doing so.

EARN SPONSORSHIPS FOR A TEAM

If you're playing online multi-player shooter games – or a variety of other genres – then there is money to be made in sponsorships. Many game-related businesses will sponsor various teams, guilds and in-game corporations who compete in a variety of tournaments. As you become more notable and influential within a game's community, your ability to solicit – or receive offers for – sponsorships will become more potent.

There are countless thousands of gamers who have earned a reputation and reliable income through their online gaming skills. Many gamers are creative and have created their own customised plans for building their online careers. If you know a story about an online gamer who has made a career for his/herself doing what they love, then tell us below about it.

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