A lot of people really love to play video games, but is it something that you can actually make a living off of? Well, the fact that so many people online have done just that, it seems pretty obvious that there are plenty of ways to actually turn your gaming pastime into a lucrative business. All it takes is a little effort, a lot of time, and the ability to figure what you need to do in order to get people interested in spending money on watching you play your video games. Here are just a few easy ways to make money off of your gaming online.
There are a large number of Let’s Players on the Internet right now, but still more come out of the woodworks every day. It is one of the most popular things in gaming right now, partly because watching somebody else play a videogame means that you do not have to spend the money to buy it yourself. Not only do people who do Let’s Plays make gaming entertaining for people who wish they could play those games, but they make it so easy for themselves to build up a sum of money. Because of the fact that people enjoy their gaming, they will often donate money to the Let’s Players just to keep them going. It is sort of like playing on the streets for change, but online instead and with a more expensive hobby.
If you are a witty sort of person who manages to throw out some great one-liners that people cannot stop laughing at, then you might have what it takes to make some merchandise that people will leap at the chance to buy. The key to merchandising with gaming is to take something that you may have said during a playthrough or a phrase you used to describe the game in your review and then place it on a coffee mug or t-shirt to sell. You should always be careful not to use anything that is copyrighted because you would hate to land yourself in some legal trouble, but it is not hard to find ways to make merchandise that is perfectly legal and will still earn you a good deal of money from your fans.
Speed plays are another great way to make money, though usually for a charitable purpose. Either way, you can still get people to pay for watching you play through a game at the fastest speed you can possibly manage. All you have to do is be really good at that particular video game and people will play to see you succeeding. If nothing else, it can always be more fodder for future merchandise that you might want to produce. All in all, it is still a great way to make some extra cash. Your viewers will basically be paying to be entertained by watching you play through a game that they would not have been able to beat so quickly themselves.