Anyone who regularly enjoys playing video games will have been told at some point that their wasting their time. The people that tell you this have failed to realize just how huge and profitable the industry is. People all across the world play the same games on the same consoles and the biggest titles can gross billions of dollars. If you’re passionate and knowledgeable about video games, there’s no reason why you can’t grab a slice of the money!
Here’s the top five ways that anyone can turn their passion for video games into profit:
5. Become a Pro Gamer
If you’re an outstandingly good gamer, you may want to consider packing up and moving to South Korea. Pro gamers there compete in tournaments with big cash prizes and the events are even televised. You’ll need to be a really exceptional gamer to pull this off.
4. Become a Games Developer
There are plenty of university and college courses dedicated to giving you the skills necessary to carve out a career at one of the big games developers. If you can get your head around computer programming, you could wind up working on the biggest titles for consoles like the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
The proliferation of games and apps for platforms like the iPhone has made it possible for anyone to develop games and sell them from the comfort of their own homes. If you’re idea is good enough, you could become one of the many developers to make huge sums creating and selling their games.
3. Sell Tips, Cheats and Strategy Guides
If you’ve got a particular game nailed, you can turn your expertise into cash. You could write an eBook outlining strategies and walkthroughs for the game, or you could even offer up saved game files with all accomplishments unlocked, either through your own web site or eBay.
2. Write about Video Games
This is one of the areas of making money from video gaming that has a very low barrier to entry. If you can string a sentence together you can write reviews and articles on video games and sell them on online article sites. If you’re good enough, you can try and get a job with one of the many video games magazines and turn writing about video games into a real and lucrative career.
1. Become a Games Tester
When video games developers invest big sums into their latest titles, they want to make sure that they’re going to actually work. All the big developers need committed gamers to test out their latest titles and there are a number of sites dedicated to helping you find the jobs available with these companies.
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