Play the Game and Get the Cash – How to Earn Money and Still Play Video Games
Ever since you were a child, you were one of the biggest fans of video games. The earlier years of this digital fad were all about the emergence of a world where bright lights and playful sounds welcomed you. It was the land of video game arcades – where your allowance found its way into every machine that gave you a rush of pure joy and excitement. It was the world where your friend was one of the bulky machines that had a big “Galaxia” sign on it. You loved the small world you contributed to by playing.
The gamer in you eventually evolved. You became the gamer who lived within the confines of his own room, but not because you no longer enjoy the virtual world of the digital characters. You created practically the same world in your own turf. Various consoles stacked on your shelves. Cartridges, discs, and memory cards hold the fortress to stand still. You are now the full-blooded gaming ruler of your kingdom.
Budgeting was never an issue as long as you are able to complete your Final Fantasy collection. You always played all versions of each Pokemon. Time and money were just part of the deal. From the most basic Atari to the more compact and more dynamic PS units, your love for the game never waned.
Then you became an adult.
There seems to be a gap between being the carefree gamer you have always been, and the supposedly more responsible adult that you ought to be. Society forces the “should be” ways of an adult on you when bills start to pile up on your console desk. Whatever the world is saying, the young heart within begs to come out of you and keep playing another round of Grand Theft Auto.
Fortunately for you, the 21st century was able to meld the two personas together.
This is the perfect time to play your most favorite game, and get the cash you need. It’s time to make sure your gaming world is parallel to all the things your adult world requires.
Make Cash by Selling Online
Gamers may seem like a lazy bunch. However, they have means to get by with their creativity. Just like what Bill Gates says, there is hope to the “lazy” person as they hold within the creativity that is need to create wonders. With the societal, cultural and economic requirements to produce the dough to live a sensible life, gamers seem lost. Or are they?
Technology’s gift to the 21st century is the internet. You are now handed an outlet to start a business that does not require you to be constantly out operating and managing the traditional physical location of your business. This is the greatest tool for a thriving entrepreneur.
There is a share in the market for different physical stores that are starting to go online. This virtual growth can be tapped by the evolving gamer to fuel the fire of his real life. If you are the type of gamer that is currently dealing with this kind of situation, there are different ways for a gamer like you to be an entrepreneur.
Online shopping is the perfect way to go. You can practically sell anything, as long as you can properly set-up your site. You can sell clothes, jewelry, toys, your untouched video games, collectibles, and practically any other item in your house you are not using. You can even get cash for junk cars. There is a limitless opportunity for online sellers.
Since your website is doing your work for you, you can spend the rest of the time making sure you’re leveled up for the next boss.
Offer your Skills and Talents Online
If you are willing to work (on the side) while still wired to your game, outsourced services is your best friend. With the booming industry of outsourced service, finding your niche to this growing demand can pave the way to a balanced life of game and work, without leaving the comforts of your gaming throne.
Let’s say you are a talented writer. You can write a 500-word article in 2 hours. You can edit. You can surf the net for reference. This job is perfect for you since you can literally play while working. This kind of setup determines your earning to as much as you can produce.
You are good with graphics, and you can design logos and posters. You are good with numbers, and you offer auditing services. You are good with computers, and you offer technical assistance or online coding. All of these you can do while playing. You are in control of your time and earning.
There are numerous outsourcing sites to choose from. Outsourcely, O-desk, and Freelancer.com are some of the professional sites that can give you hundreds (if not thousands) of remote job opportunities. Furthermore, there are other companies, especially IT firms, which offer “work-from-home” set-ups. As a gamer, one of your main considerations is that you are not required to “go to work.” As long as you can do the job, you get the cash, you control your time, and you get to have your precious game time, you’re set.
Thanks to the power of the internet, these type of professional transactions are now possible. This path can take you as far as you want to go. It starts off with a pre-qualification process from a probable employer. Eventually, if you qualify, you undergo online testing. Once you’re in, you just need to follow your new employer’s requests, and you’re good to go.
That’s flexibility at its finest.
Be the Professional Gamer You Were Born to Be
The sporting world has evolved with the emergence of eSports. Alternately called competitive gaming and pro-gaming, this new line of professional athletics is taking the technological world by storm.
An eSport is basically a type of sport where the main aspect of the competition is facilitated by the electronic system (i.e. console and the video game program). Obviously, the e-athletes’ main skill set revolves around the depth of skills and knowledge they have about the game they are playing. Competitive games range from real-time strategy and first-person shooter, to fighting and multi-player battles. This gives a deeper dimension in professional gaming unlike the one-dimensional game of, for example, Pacman.
If you think pro-gamers are just kids who know how to play the game, and just play for fun, you might be surprised. These players rake in some pretty serious numbers with their winnings from various tournaments in the field. Saahil “UNIVeRsE” Arora, one of the most popular e-gamers in the world, earned $1,964,038.64 from 39 tournaments he joined in 2015. Arora’s game mastery includes DotA2, where he recently won in The International 2015. With his talent in eGames, he holds his winning at $1,326,932.14 in that one tournament alone.
If that amount of cash he got in one tourney does not excite the gamer in you, nothing else will. Well perhaps the upcoming Final Fantasy XV might do the trick.
Be a Game Consultant to the Lost Gamer
If your gaming skills do not qualify you for the international league, your extensively deep video game knowledge may grant you a spot as the go-to guy of video games. At this age of technology where practically everything is being changed by the minute, you can make a bigger difference to the video game culture and the society. With an unending list of games, there is an equally limitless demand for your expertise.
Imagine knowing what the first island Lara Croft landed into, and how she managed to solve all secret puzzles in the last installment of her adventures. You can create your own Tomb Raider knowledge database for the world to reference to. To think this is just one game… How about the stories of Snake, Cloud and Desmond Miles? Your options are limitless!
Aside from knowing the in-game history, the actual game play also requires documented assist for future hardcore gamers. In the past, video game magazines have been tapping into experts to create “walkthroughs” which help future (or currently stuck) players get on with their virtual life. The new age has witnessed the evolution of walkthroughs via the internet’s online support.
The in-game support usually appears on Youtube. The content varies from what is the best equipment to put on your avatar, the best way to defeat a certain boss, or even finding out how to solve the trickiest side quest in the game. These contents are continuously increasing in value. This creates more following in your site. This heightened traffic is a gold mine that gamers have to translate into a real-life money source.
Sharing game knowledge to other gamers while getting paid. What a perfect way to live out the gamer’s dream.
Society depicts gamers as a group of people who are trapped in world of sword fights, car racing, and virtual shooting. However, just like any other individual, you are just as passionate about your hobby. You are just like those who like playing golf, ping-pong, swimming, cross-stitching, and table tennis.
On the other hand, life is about balance. You are entitled to the world you choose to live. However, try asking yourself, “is this what I want?” If the answer is no, the best version of yourself is yet to be found. If the answer is yes, find the path that gives you the best of both worlds – the world of reality where bills and responsibilities exist, and the virtual world where the level 99 hero that you have become is the epitome of the true version of who you really are.