I have a friend Lawrence who spends way too much time at home playing games. I told him he needs to get a life. He told me “I’m a gamer, I have lots of lives”. That was a pretty cool response. The question is, how can he make money from his love of gaming? So let’s get straight into this, he could:
Become a video game tester
Game Testers is an online platform where you can earn money by testing games for game developers.
They have different tests that they offer like:
- Language testers. These are people who will correct all mistakes in spelling.
- QA testers - For experienced gamers. They will look for any bugs or glitches in the game software.
- Compatibility testers. They can reveal and report about the computer characteristics for your game.
Play for cash
Before I get into the list, let me make it clear that none of these gaming options will provide significant amounts of income. However, you can make some extra pocket money while you are having fun through games like:
Sportsplay.com is quite unique. It is an online platform that allows you to make real sports picks for free. If you win and reach the minimum cash out amount, they pay you cash. If you lose, they'll give you more play money with which to play. You have to do really, really well though to reach the minimum cash out balance of $200 as you start playing with a only single dollar.
Review games on Youtube
While this is not a sure fire way to make money, it had to be included as an option simply because the top earner on Youtube in 2015 earned $12 million reviewing video games. What has this world come to? Doctors who saved many lives throughout the year don't get rewarded like this. Oh well, maybe if you can't beat them, you should join them.
Develop and sell online games and gaming templates
Chupamobile is a marketplace where you can sell ready-made apps and games for iOS and Android. They claim that top sellers in their marketplace make between $5,000 and $20,000 per month selling their Game and App Templates.
The Binpress marketplace is another option for selling your gaming code.
Develop board games and more
The Game Crafter (TGC) is an online platform that simplifies the design, making and selling of tabletop games. It offers a print on demand game publishing service. You can make a board game, card game or custom playing cards. TGC offers templates, instruction videos and tools that will help you create a quality product.
Once you have uploaded your game, TGC will tell you how much it costs to manufacture your game. You then decide on a selling price. You earn 70% of this profit each time your game is sold through their online shop.
Sell gaming apps and templates
Write about gaming
WhatCulture is an online site that is willing to pay for gaming articles. You could also start your own niche blog reviewing new games. Or, you can connect to Amazon Associates or similar affiliate programs and earn money each time readers buy the games you chose to review.
Maybe my friend Lawrence can spend even more time at home playing games. If you like gaming as much as he does, he might even have some room on his couch for an extra player.