Online Gaming is Becoming a Career
Imagine for those of you that are avid online gamers when you are good enough at playing a game that you get paid for playing. This is the case with so many games nowadays.
Some people become coaches and some become pro players; while, others become marketers specializing in the field of online gaming.
There are of course more obvious jobs in the field of online gaming such as programming, graphic and motion designing, algorithm coding as well as the actual coding that goes with designing a game.
The latter jobs within the online gaming industry that are based around the design of the game itself are fun for some. However, coding and designing is serious work and usually means a 9 to 5 office job working for a gaming company.
We will look at the more hands on side of online gaming careers here:
Becoming a Pro Player
Now this is no small feat to achieve. Usually for a computer game pro you are an individual or a team of 5 or 6 players. Currently sponsorship has not yet filtered down to the smaller regional competition in online gaming.
This means you need to be one of the top 100 players in the world to even become pro at your fav online game. Even then you are cutting it fine in being the in the top 100 – this figure is more aimed at team games like the growing list of MOBA games that are coming out.
Local Competition to Global Competition
In the past, and I am talking about before the internet, you would generally compete with your friends, school mates, other school and those visiting the local arcade. The competition was more secluded to areas. All the changes with the internet and the World Wide Web.
Now the competition has grown with the world connected to the same games. With this has come sponsorship deals, advertising and competition with huge prize pools. Take for example Overwatch. Check out the prize pool money that was involved in this competition.
The pro players in this game are earning serious amounts of cash. What’s more is that they are playing these games for a career!
Coaching Other Players
If you are a great player, but don’t seem to be able to make it to the pro leagues such as the example of Overwatch below, then you can always get some extra cash by coaching.
Again, like being a pro, you need to be good and really know your stuff. As Overwatch is a team game, you need to know which items you need to buy and strategy.
These items and tactics will not only help you coach your student how to make their player become powerful to contribute to creating damage and win the but you also need, need to be able spot where they are making mistakes.
Another problem is that you are going to get players that have no clue how to play and will not listen to your advice. This is almost like being a school teacher in many ways – except of course a lot more fun.
Some of the pro players even coach in their spare time, but you are looking in the region of $200 – $500 per hour. There are other sites out there where you will get decent coaching for a fraction of this price.
This means as a coach, you are looking at earning anything between $10 to $50 an hour depending on how good you are as well how highly recommended you come. Find out more about Overwatch Coaching here if you are interested in seeing how this works.
Also, you can look at Dota 2 and League of Legends coaching as these are also games where you will find coaches can be hired to help players raise their level of play.
Marketing in the Online Gaming Industry
There are plenty of game in the online gaming industry where there is money to be played without playing them yourself.
Become a gaming writer
Like our own website, you can write about games. As an avid game player, we love writing about different subjects all about online gaming. Game reviews, game tactics, careers in gaming and more. We do this as a hobby and we enjoy doing it because we get to reach out to the public and make our voices heard.
Becoming a gaming marketer
Marketing games is another fun way to make a career out of a booming online gaming industry. You can get paid for introducing people to games either via affiliate commissions, or through CPA marketing. For example, have a look at this SCR888 casino website in Malaysia. They market online casino sign ups for Malaysians. With their brilliant marketing, they have turned this website into a $10,000 a month return.
Becoming part of the Online Gaming World
If you want to become part of the online industry, there are many choices. You can become a programmer if you like the technical side of online games – in the end the reward of all your hard work is seeing the final result of the game being released.
Even hackers earn a living out of breaking into the strings of code and algorithms used to design games, but we have not really covered this because we don’t agree with it 100%. Maybe we will include something about hacking later on in another post when the time is right.
Another option whereby you get to see the benefits of your work in action is become an animation specialist or design specialist.
However, in our opinion, being a professional player or coach are by far the most exciting way to have a career in online gaming. Nothing can beat being a pro in the game that you love playing.
Finally, if you enjoy marketing and playing games, you can get out there and start to market your favorite games online and be rewarded with a commission for your hard work.