5 ways to turn your gaming hobby into a professional career

How exactly do you turn your passion for video games into a job? Listed below are five ways that might be exactly what you were looking for.

Every gamer has thought about how cool it would be to turn their hobby into a career. Not so long ago, this would be practically impossible. However, things are changing and the gaming world continues to grow. The industry is doing amazingly well at the moment and it seems like we’ll only see more from it in the future. That’s why it’s now possible to pursue a career in gaming. But how exactly do you turn your passion for video games into a job? Listed below are five ways that might be exactly what you were looking for.

Stream your gaming sessions

Live streaming has gone a long way in the last decade or so. Twitch started out as Justin.tv and it took just a few years to turn into a huge streaming service designed specifically for gamers. Now, streamers are basically celebrities of our age. If you’re not convinced, just look at the approx. $30 million Ninja got after the Mixer shut down. The best part of it is that anyone can take a chance with a career in streaming. If there’s a game you believe you’re good at, there’s no reason not to share it with everyone online. All you need is a strong PC or a console and a good web camera, and voila. Of course, it takes a lot of time and hard work to get to the point where you can make money off of it. However, once you do, things can look great for you. Streamers who manage to form entire communities online and develop a relationship with them are guaranteed to succeed.

Become a gaming coach

If you need proof that gaming is huge right now, just look at all the gaming coaches online. These people make money by teaching other gamers to play their favorite game. In case there’s a game you believe you’re extremely good at, this might just be your dream job. There are companies online you can get in touch with and land yourself a job as a gaming job. Just bear in mind that they only accept the best players out there as coaches. So, if you feel like there are some areas you could improve at, practicing before you apply is a good idea. If you land the job, you’ll get to play the game you love every day and you’ll be paid to do so. Another thing we have to mention that attributes such as patience are the key to being a good gaming coach. Any gamer who’s ever imagined themselves working from home might want to consider the idea of becoming a coach.

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Become an eSports player

Becoming an eSports player isn’t easy but it’s exactly what every gamer wants. eSports players get paid to play their favorite games on big tournaments and they’ve become athletes of our age. Major gaming events are promoted across the globe and they attract millions of viewers. It looks like sky is the limit for the industry as more and more young people are into gaming competitions. If you’re unaware of how big eSports is, just check out Worlds championship. Worlds is short for the League of Legends World Championship, the biggest eSports event in the sector. The 2019 Worlds game between G2 Esports and SK Telecom T1 peaked at 3,985,787 viewers from across the globe (excluding China). Obviously, to become an eSports player, you have to be among the best players in the world. In case that’s the career you decide to chase, your safest bet is to practice as much as possible. Keep in mind that when practicing, you shouldn’t look at your score. Instead, focus only on taking your skills to the next level each time your play.

Participate in tournaments

Above, we talked about eSports events and becoming an eSports player. Many will feel that that’s a bit far-fetched and if that’s the case with you, prepare to be blown away. You don’t have to be an eSports player to compete in video games and get paid to do so. There are various gaming tournaments taking place no a regular basis. Even if they don’t have millions of viewers, these tournaments can be a great source of income for gaming enthusiasts. Browse the web for tournaments you believe you can participate in and get ready to sign up right away. Before you do so, make sure you become familiar with how each tournament you want to take part in works. For example, it’s a good idea to learn more about slot tournaments if you plan to participate in an iGaming tournament. Also, work on your skills and get ready mentally as there will be viewers watching every match.

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Start your own blog

It seems like there are countless blogs available on the web. Even if that is the case, there’s still plenty of room for new bloggers to emerge. It’s just that everyone is online these days and there can never be enough content. With that in mind, starting a gaming blog might just be what you were looking for. If you don’t feel like you’re good enough or you simply don’t like competing, this is a great way to start a career in gaming. Especially when you take into account that there are platforms like WordPress you can use. These things can deal with the technical side of setting up a site, and you can focus on producing content. Whether you choose to write game reviews or guides for new players is up to you. If your blog goes viral, ad and sponsorship deals will start emerging at a rapid pace. Before you get started, consider taking a writing course and researching what sort of content gamers want.

Over to you

Starting a career in gaming is a lot easier than it was just a few decades ago. Still, this doesn’t mean that everyone can make it. Decide on what it is that you want to do in the sector and stick to it. Work on your skills and opportunities will come up. If everything works out well, you might be looking at a long-lasting career in gaming. 

About the author

Jessie Connor Jessie Connor is a passionate writer and researcher from Brisbane, contributor at several business and lifestyle blogs, hooked on yoga and healthy living. She loves to spend her free time travelling, reading and of course – shopping!

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