You can make money by being a professional gamer, and here’s how

Many gamers dreamed the could turn their teenage hobby into a way of life. Being paid to slay dragons, win world championship races, take down an entire army of undead demons and saving the world are all just in a day’s work for a professional gamer. Many gamers have managed to turn the dream of being paid for their favorite pastime into a job, one that pays very well for those that are good at it. Here’s an introduction into how you can make money from being a professional gamer.

Practice, practice, practice

As a comparison, think of a professional sportsperson. How many hours upon hours have they spent training? Probably too many to count, but the answer is a lot. That principle is the same for gamers, you’ll need to practice to make sure you are as good as you can be at the game. If you want to make it in the world of professional gaming, then you are going to have to dedicate an awful lot of your time to mastering the games you are playing.

Where to start

So you love playing games, that’s a great start! To really excel at a game it will need to be one that you personally really enjoy because you’re going to be spending a lot of time playing it. Find a game that you really love and put in plenty of time to practice, at least if it’s a game you love you won’t have a problem spending so much time getting good at it. If you aren’t emotionally interested in the game, you are going to find it hard to dedicate your time to it, even if it’s one of the most popular games played across the world.


Imagine Roger Federer playing tennis with an old wooden racket, or the NFL still using pigskins for their footballs. It just doesn’t happen, the top sports stars need to use the best equipment on the market to give them a competitive edge over their rivals and the same can be said for gaming. You are going to need to invest in a high-end headset, monitor, mouse, keyboard/controller depending on the game you play.

So what about making money?

To make money as a professional gamer, you are going to need to get really good at a game then compete online against others. Becoming one of the best players in the world will open up the opportunity to play in tournaments for money. Professional gamers can make money from the tournaments they enter as well as the various sponsorship deals they can be offered.

Join a team

Team gaming events are a big deal, and many are broadcast all over the world to fans. The winnings can be huge, so finding a team of players to play with can increase your chances of making serious money at the events. The winning team of the 2017 International Dota 2 Championships shared over $10 million between five members. Getting good at gaming can pay seriously well if you use your talent wisely.

Consider streaming

Lots of gamers have been streaming themselves playing video games for the past few years to great success. They earn their money through people subscribing to their channel, paying them a small monthly fee that is split between the streamer and the service provider. Viewers of gaming streams regularly make small donations for good quality content which adds up to a lot over time. Some gaming streamers can earn millions of dollar per year in subscription fees, donations, and advertising revenue.

The video game world is now a lucrative one. No longer are people hidden away in games arcades, now it is celebrated for being the amazing art form that it is. If you are passionate about gaming, then there are ways you can turn your passion into making a living, all you’ll need is the dedication to make it happen.