Making money by playing video games
Believe it or not, you can get paid to do what you love. Here are 6 ways to generate income.
This post comes from Dan Schointuch at partner site Money Talks News.
When I was growing up, my parents thought the time I spent playing video games was wasted. And, for the most part, it was. But "kids" today can turn their gaming habit into a legitimate career.
Here are six ways to start making money from video games:
Yet there will always be people who want the reward without the work. And that's where your opportunity to make a little money comes in. A simple search for something like "sell world of warcraft gold" returns millions of results.
Typical rates for selling World of Warcraft gold are between 50 cents and $1.50 for 1,000 pieces. If that sounds like a lot of gold for not a lot of money, it is. The best players, with the highest-level characters playing as efficiently as possible, might take an hour to earn it.
So while we are earning money playing a game, we're not earning the kind of cash that can support a family. And besides, selling your in-game rewards for real world cash may get you booted from the game. (Some allow it, some don't.) But don't worry, because there are ways to make a lot more.
You can also own real estate, design clothing, open a casino, run a night club, model swimwear, or start a rock band. If you're good enough at any of these things, you can actually make a nice bit of real-world money.
Second Life minted its first millionaire in 2006 when it was announced that a woman named Anshe Chung had acquired more than 1 million real dollars' worth of virtual real estate. Since then, it has been revealed that several other individuals and in-game corporations have been cashing out in excess of $1 million per year. In 2010 alone, almost $119 million was traded between players.
- Bing: Second Life millionaires
But just like the real world, big rewards are often the result of lots of hard work, talent, and a little luck. Don't expect to become a millionaire in the virtual world overnight. Post continues after video.
Start a blog or fan site. Prefer working exclusively in the real world? Start a blog or fan site with information or tips for your favorite games. Not only will you enjoy writing about something you play, you might make a few bucks by placing ads on your site (like Google AdSense). But there are also those who've leveraged their fandom into a career.
Just a week ago, BioWare, developer of the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic online game, made its third fan site hire. Ken Hinxman, developer of TOR Syndicate, got a job doing Web Q&A with BioWare because of his obvious love for a game that has yet to be released (and his skills at creating a community around it). It's a real job, with real pay, from a real company, with real benefits, in the real city of Austin, Texas.
Earlier this year, another developer created a version of World of Warcraft he called World of StarCraft (a meld of Blizzard's popular games World of Warcraft and StarCraft) and posted a video of it on YouTube. Blizzard was less than thrilled and had the video removed, but competing developer Riot Games saw the work and offered him a job.
And if you're willing to dig a little deeper into these games, you'll find that many have in-game auction houses where players can buy and sell the items they receive for completing tasks or vanquishing foes. The same rules as any other market apply: Buy something like "King's Amber" when it's low, and sell when it's high.
Steal from other players. Legally isn't the only way to make money. The uber-complicated EVE Online has one rule: There are no rules. Seriously. Deceit and treachery are part of the game, and it's not uncommon to hear about a player who has swindled another out of a large sum of money.
In what may be the largest virtual heist ever, a user with the name "Cally" started an in-game bank in 2006 called the Eve Intergalactic Bank. The bank offered loans, interest and insurance like any real bank would. But unlike a real bank, after a few months of taking deposits, Cally simply withdrew everyone's money, keeping it for himself. Reportedly, he made off with 790 billion ISK, which at the time was worth as much as $170,000.
But the theft violated none of the rules set forth in EVE's EULA and, according to developer CCP, it's just part of the game!
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