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How to Turn Your Gaming Hobby into a Career

How often have you tried to calculate how rich you’d be if you were paid to sit and play Red Dead Redemption 2 all day long? Few people are fortunate enough to have a career that they love, but those that do did not get there by accident. Doing what you love can almost always be turned into a lucrative career, and gaming is no exception.

The global gaming economy is booming, with estimates that the industry will be worth a staggering $125 billion next year, putting it higher than any other entertainment industry. This means that there are now countless avenues for people to join the sector and follow the career of their dreams. Here’s how you can turn your gaming hobby into a career. 

How to Turn Your Gaming Hobby into a Career

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Become a YouTube Gamer 

Only a few short years ago, the YouTube gaming community was a niche market. These days you don’t need to be the next PewDiePie to make a mint from gaming. There are thousands of gamers who make seriously big salaries just from filming themselves playing the latest games. On top of the mountains of free goodies you can receive from gaming companies, a popular YouTube gamer can expect to rake in six-figure salaries just from doing what they love. Playing online casino games can also be lucrative while having fun.

Join a Gaming Company 

If you’re looking to turn your gaming prowess into a salaried office job, your best bet is to find a reputable gaming company to start your career with. You don’t need to be an expert developer to rise through the industry – you can also get a job in customer service, testing, marketing, or a thousand other fields. One area experiencing the fast job growth right now is the online casino industry, with top employers like Mr Green offering promising careers to people of all skill sets.

How to Turn Your Gaming Hobby into a Career

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Play Competitively 

If you think you have what it takes to go head-to-head with the best gamers in the world, then it’s time to enter into a competition. The eSports industry is booming, with major tournaments such as The International offering millions of dollars in prize money to anybody who can prove themselves to be the best at multiplayer combat games. If you simply invest enough practice hours into the right game, you could see yourself becoming an overnight millionaire. 

Become a Game Tester 

Did you know that major game companies like Valve actually pay people big money to test out beta versions of their games before release? With major video game titles now being some of the most anticipated release events of the year, developers want to make sure that everything is running perfectly before release, as a bad review can easily ruin a company. Experienced game testers make on average around $50,000 a year for simply playing games and giving their much-needed feedback, so get started with a company and soon you could be making a pretty penny. 

In the modern digital economy, anyone can pursue their dreams and get paid for it. These are just some of the options available, but they show how easy it is to get paid for doing what you love in 2018. 

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