Many parents seem to think that video games is a waste of time. They would much rather see their beloved offspring studying hard so that they can get a well-paid job in the future. However, there is no reason why you could not make a job out of your hobby. There are in fact plenty of ways to make money by playing video esports games. In fact, plenty of gamers are actually millionaires.

Here are seven ways to earn real money by playing games.

Become a professional e-sports player

Anyone who is into video games and e-sports in particular knows the earning potential of pro gamers. Popular games like Dota 2, CS:GO and League of Legends have international tournaments with gigantic prize pools. Meanwhile smaller games like Call of Duty and even mobile e-sports like PUBG mobile are also growing, meaning all you need to become a pro esports player these days is a smartphone.

Most e-sports have open leagues with tournaments where anybody can join, while some of the major e-sports have professional leagues with set teams. If you have the talent and enough dedication, try contacting professional team in your area to see if there are any options.

Learn more about mobile esports here.

Become a content creator

Another way to make money playing video games at home is to become a gaming content creator. There are many types of gaming content, and content can be monetized in different ways, from ad revenue to affiliate marketing or direct sponsoring.

Become a YouTuber

YouTube has been around for a while and we all know how much money the most popular YouTubers make. Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg makes around $4.85 million per month. The Swede started out making simple gaming videos back in 2010. These days he makes content about virtually any topic, even though games like Minecraft feature in many of his videos.

Of course, you do not have to imitate PewDiePie. You could produce many types of game-related content, from game reviews to commentaries, strategy guides, tutorials or even simply raw footage.

YouTubers make money from ad revenue, as Google will pay creators a portion of the revenue generated by ads displayed during their videos. A rough estimate of ad revenue would be $1,000 per 1,000,000 views. However, YouTubers can make money in plenty of other ways. These include sponsored videos, or commission on sales via affiliate links.

Become a Twitch streamer

While PewDiePie is the number one YouTuber, Ninja is the number one Twitch streamer, making an estimated $500K monthly. Ninja plays games like PUBG, Fortnite, Valorant and Warzone. Unlike YouTube, Twitch is primarily gamer-oriented. Just like YouTube, Twitch gives some of its ad revenue to its streamers, though they can also earn money from Subscribers and Bits (Twitch users can buy Bits to “Cheer” during the stream.

There are streamers for probably any video game, from streams from classic games like Warcraft 3, to League of Legends streams or Fortnite streams.

Read our full article on esports streams here.

Create other types of content

Of course, video content is just the most prominent type of video game content. There are plenty of gamer journalists, game reviewers, etc. working for various magazines or websites. If you have basic writing skills, getting a job in the industry should not be too hard.

Real Money Betting

If you have excellent gaming knowledge and follow esports, you could consider real money betting. Most esports betting sites offer odds on major and smaller esports tournaments. As long as you know what you are doing, you could make a bit of cash on the side.

Esports betting is available at major international (and licensed) bookies such as bet365 esports, Pinnacle esports, William Hill esports. These websites let you engage in LoL betting, Dota 2 betting, and CS:GO betting, along with their regular sports betting options.

There are also specialized esports betting sites such as Arcanebet esports, which dedicate themselves exclusively to esports and offer odds on almost any esport. Here you can bet on the biggest esports, as well as smaller esports. PUBG betting, CoD betting, Fortnite betting and Garena Free Fire betting are all on the rise.

Here at, we offer plenty of betting tips and predictions to help you make money. You will find analysis for all the esports major tournaments, such as IEM Katowice, Singapore Major Dota 2, LEC LoL, Lol LCK and many others.

Esports betting has plenty of options, you can bet on map winner, match winner, outrights and more. Live esports betting is even available for most major tournaments. If you want to know more about possible bet types, visit out betting academy.

Bet on Yourself

If you are a very confident gamer, you might want to bet on yourself. Betting site UNIKRN has Umode in which you can play games like against an AI and get paid out according to fixed odds. You can play your favourite games for a chance at real money. These games include plenty of your favourites, including Dota 2, Call of Duty, CS:GO, League of Legends, TeamFight Tactics, Fortnite, Overwatch, PUBG,  Halo 5 and Starcraft 2.

Become a tester for games

Of course, Video games are difficult to produce. Getting the program to feel right, look right and be fun and challenging to play is very important. Most game design companies hire independent gamers to help them improve their product.

QA testers play various designs of the game and give their feedback to the developers. Game testers also look for bugs or other inconsistencies before the product is released. Independent game testers make about $9 – $17 per hour according to Glassdoor. Therefore, this is not going to make you a millionaire, though it could be a fun side gig.

Become a Gaming Coach

Instead of becoming giving gaming advice on YouTube, you could coach less-experienced players into becoming semi-pros like yourself. Sites like Gamersensei or Gamercoach allow coaches to charge any amount they wish per hour of coaching, and players with serious esports credentials can make a small fortune.

Play Online Poker

While Poker is not really considered an Esport, it is still a game of skill, which you can play online. A good poker player can make anything between thousands and tens of thousands a month, and depending where you live, there are usually plenty of poker sites from which to choose.

Apps that pay you to play games

Many apps advertise that they will pay you to play their games. Usually, they will give you a small reward for your hours of playing. This is usually a small share of the ad revenue they generate by you using their app. In most cases, you will collect points, which you can then exchange for small cash vouchers or other gifts.

The most popular apps for this are:

Of course, this is hardly a career, and you will be lucky if you make more than a few dollars for every hour played. Besides, the games on these apps are not nearly as fun to play as some of the free-to-play esports games.


As you can see, there is absolutely no reason you cannot make a career out of video games. Of course, it will not be all fun and games (pun intended). Making money usually takes plenty of time and effort, and we should not forget how hard pro gamers and content creators work. The best esports players practice every day and creators like PewDiePie spend hours coming up with interesting content for their followers. Of course, with enough dedication, there is no reason you could not follow in the footsteps of PewDiePie, Ninja or “N0tail” Johan Sundstein.

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The most popular apps that pay you gaming for are:

  • Swagbucks
  • MyPoints
  • Mistplay
  • Long Game
  • Givling

Here are 10 ways to earn real money by from video games:

  1. Become a professional e-sports player
  2. Become a YouTuber
  3. Become a Twitch streamer
  4. Create other types of gaming content
  5. Bet on Yourself
  6. Real Money Betting
  7. Become a tester for games
  8. Become a Gaming Coach
  9. Play Online Poker
  10. Apps that pay you to play games

In terms of esports earnings, Dota 2 is the number 1 game. The highest paid gamers are Dota 2 players, including the richest esports player in the world, Denmark’s “N0tail” Johan Sundstein, who has earned over $6.9 million to date.

Anything from a few dollars to millions. While there are apps that pay you to play games, this is hardly worth your time. Game testers make a bit more, while game coaching can be very profitable. Of course, the top earners from playing video games are the best e-sports athletes and the most popular YouTubers and Twitch streamers, who make millions.

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