Gaming for Money?

gaming for money dollar cash notes greenLately I’ve been wondering if I could make a successful living by playing video games. These thoughts are due to the amount of video gaming I’m doing and the amount of paid work that I’m not doing. Is there a way I can combine the two and make a healthy living out of it.

Second Life

Second Life is a virtual world that allows you to earn money and convert it into real money. Woohoo! Unfortunately, the exchange rate is pretty poor, standing at 268 linden dollars for each real-life dollar. There’s also a lot of work in actually getting far enough in Second Life to get paid at all.

Mobile Casinos

The 21st century has brought many changes to the gaming industry and mobile casinos are one of those changes. Now you don’t have to go all the way to your local casino or arcade, you can get all the casino games you want as mobile apps. There are plenty of sites out there, such as that give you access to all these different games and the chance to win real money just as you would in a real casino. However, technically it’s not playing video games and these games do rely on luck.

Gold Farming / Selling

Gold farming, for those who don’t know is the act of a group of people usually working for a less than reputable company gathering and selling goods to the various MMO’s (World of Warcraft, Rift etc.) online economy, and then selling this game currency for real money to people who need it. However, gold farming ruins online economy’s so as far as gamers and software developers are concerned gold farmers are a scourge and should be eliminated

Video Game Testing

Working for a software developer and being legitimately paid to test new video games. I can almost hear angels singing in approval, this is certainly the way to go. What do I need to do? Well, as it turns out, even games testers need to be either qualified up to the hilt or just lucky as it is a very popular area. Also, testing a video game might be boring. You may be asked  to play the same level over and over again, or die in every way on level one.

So, there is a way to make money from video games, but you need to be lucky, qualified, willing to put crap loads of hours in to make it work, happy to perform huge amounts of repetitive tasks or be hated by the gaming community at large. Looks like I’ll have to keep job hunting.

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin is a freelance writer, living in Derby UK with his wife. When time allows he likes nothing more than losing himself in a multi-hour gaming session. He likes most games and will play anything but prefers MMO's, and sandbox RPG's.

So what do you think?

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