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Ways to Make Money Playing Video Games

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I think it's quite interesting that there are ways for video gamers to make money from playing the games they love. I've collected some ways that you can do this below and would love your feedback!

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Become an Online Coach
Video game coaching as a career is on the rise. People are paying a lot of money to get to the next level of play and one of the best ways to do that is by hiring a one-on-one coach. Video game coaches can help players improve by offering collaborative play and giving live commentary on the client’s performance. Usually they are paid for their services through PayPal or another payment service.

Create an Online Gaming Presence
Broadcast your gameplay on Twitch.tv and YouTube and build up your fan base. You can eventually start earning ad revenue from these channels and potentially get sponsored as well. Minecraft and League of Legends players are constantly looking for new tips and tricks, but make sure you bring something unique to the table in order to retain your fans.

Become a Boosting Professional
There is some controversy around boosting accounts, but you can help players that either lack the time to advance their play or are simply stuck on their level of play. League of Legends players hire these experts to help with an elo boost, where the expert plays on the users account and gets them to the tier/division that they want to be at.

Win eSport Tournaments
Of course, if you are good enough to make it to the top, there are large sums of money to be made in eSports. Top gamers get to travel the world for these competitions and they have the potential of winning million-dollar prize packages. Another perk is pro gamers can also make money through corporate sponsorship. Being a pro gamer takes a lot of time, commitment and talent.

What are some other ways that you can make money from playing video games that you would add to this list?

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Two other ways to make money playing video games is to become a professional beta tester, or to write about video games. I've taken the latter path and love how writing about games always give me an excuse to share the games I love and to explore new games that I otherwise probably would not have tried.
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