Earning money while playing games seems like a dream come true for many of us. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to remain a dream, since there are plenty of possibilities out there to do exactly that. That doesn’t mean you will be making millions of dollars like some of the best players do as soon as you start, naturally, since many of these games takes years to master, let alone play at the level needed to compete in tournaments, but if you are good enough, you can make a comfortable living out of it.
League of Legends
The popularity of League of Legends among players is a global phenomenon that has forever changed the gaming industry. One of the most popular, if not the most popular, esports title, LOL has been around for years, yet haven’t lost any of its charms. That same popularity can be detrimental to newer players, especially those who seek to play the game professionally since the competition is fierce, but not invincible. Just like any other sport, making a name in League of Legends requires dedication and countless hours of practice, but the prize of joining a professional team is well worth it.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is another hugely popular esports title, drawing in millions in revenue through the tournaments played by some of the legends of the game and watched by a dedicated fan base. Playing the game competitively on a level that would provide you with a steady income is a tall order and some of the best players have made huge sacrifices over the years to get there. Any aspiring professional would have to sink a lot of their time into practice before even attempting it.
iGaming has been incredibly popular ever since it was conceived and millions of people play every day, many of whom are making a decent amount of money doing it. One of the reasons for its popularity is that there are plenty of options and a myriad of games to explore, meaning you will never be bored with it. Some games are against the computer, like paddy power games, while others can be played against other players. Whichever you prefer, there is a potential to earn some serious cash playing.
One of the youngest titles on our list, Fortnite has taken the world by the storm. Its popularity has prompted the producers, Epic Games, to invest a huge chunk of the money they earned from the game into making it a staple esports title. The tournament prizes often reach 6 figures, with best players earning hundreds of thousands per tournament. Unlike other games, in order to get an invitation to one of them, you need to rely on your social following, not just your skill in the game. The good news is that your skill can compensate low numbers of followers and it isn’t unheard of that player with just a few hundred Twitch followers receiving an invitation.
Finally, we have DOTA 2. This is the hardest game to break into competitively for new players, but if you manage to pull it off, it will be more than worth your time. The International, the biggest DOTA 2 tournament held each year, had a purse of more than $25 million. The winning team walked away with $11 million. The runners-up team earned $4 million, while the 3rd place had a prize of $2.6 million. This is comparable to what NBA and NFL stars are getting paid. Not all of that money goes to players, of course, since there is a large team behind them, but still, that is a lot of money just for playing a video game.
Just like any other professional athlete, esports players don’t earn money just from tournaments. There are lucrative sponsorship deals to be made, as companies that manufacture gaming equipment race to promote their products and are willing to pay handsomely top players to do it for them. If nothing else, at least you have an argument to use when your parents start nagging you how playing video games all day is a waste of your time.