Is it possible to get paid playing video games? Absolutely.
Here are some of the ways you can make money as a gamer:
- Ads on your Twitch channel: This is how the majority of gaming “influencers” make their income. They create popular content, they build a following and then they run ads on their Twitch channel in order to support their continued content creation.
- Partnerships with brands: If you have a big enough audience, brands will pay to sponsor you (or pay you in products) for you to represent them online.
- Selling products: The entrepreneurial gaming influencers do a fantastic job branding themselves and their persona, and then sell products like t-shirts to their audience members.
- Marketing campaigns: There are some opportunities where the companies that build games like Call of Duty will team up with gaming influencers and have them create content before a big game launch, or the next game in the series comes out.
These are some of the main ways you can make money as a gamer. Then there are other tangential ways, like if you become a journalist within the eSports community and contribute content to big blogs or websites, etc. You aren’t necessarily getting paid to play the game itself, but you’re making money off your knowledge of the game and the industry at large.