How to make money as a professional video gamer

Do you love playing online games? Are you like a really good gamer? If so, you could make a lot of money by turning professional. 

Some of the well-established professional video gamers make up to one million bucks annually from their video gaming exploits.

You are probably not going to earn a million bucks this year if you turn professional now but I can promise you that it will be worthwhile.

There are several ways you can make money as a professional video gamer.

  1. Winning cash prizes

The easiest and most stress-free way to make money as a professional video gamer is by winning cash prizes in competitions.

There are so many online leagues and tournaments that you can participate in to win cash prizes. 

The very best tournaments, especially the ones that are live streamed, can pay players hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes. 

  • Getting a salary 

Ever heard of eSports? There are dozens of online e-sports events out there that you can register for as a professional gamer. 

In some cases, based on your performance you can get recruited/ included into professional e-sports teams. When this happens, you will qualify for a salary of the team is owned by a corporate company. This is money that you will be paid per event, monthly or annually for being a team player. 

Some of the corporate companies that have bought or sponsor professional e-sports teams include Mercedes Benz, T-Mobile, Airbus, 

Some e-sports teams pay their players as much as seventy grand every year. Some teams/ events pay much more than this.

  • Registering to become a partner on is a streaming platform and a great way for professional video gamers to make money online. Anytime you log onto the platform you will find dozens of players going live playing games in front of hundreds or thousands of viewers. 

So if you are a real good player you will soon have a good number of subscribers. Once you have a decent following, you can apply to become a partner. When verified, you will start earning thousands if not tens of thousands of bucks from 

This is because pays about $2.5 per subscriber per month. 

But you must stream regularly to earn good money. 

  • By posting videos of yourself gaming on YouTube 

There are two ways you can earn money posting videos of yourself gaming on YouTube. 

First, you can earn money by starting a YouTube channel and then later registering for the YPP (YouTube Partner Program). Your channel will need to have a good following and to meet other requirements to be accepted by YouTube as a partner.

But once accepted, YouTube will pay you a good amount of money for every 1000 views. It is assumed that they pay between seven to ten bucks for 1000 views. The company does not publish official figures. 

The seven to ten bucks can amount to a pretty tidy sum if your videos go viral (get thousands or millions of views). 

Second, you can earn money by directly asking your subscribers and viewers to donate money to your PayPal, Patreon or CashApp account.  

You can ask them at the end of your videos or at the end of your YouTube channel description. 

I know many gamers who get hundreds of dollars per month by asking people directly for donations.

Final Word

Now you know how to use your gaming skills to earn money for upkeep or buying that thing you’ve really wanted. Do not be afraid or embarrassed to use any of the means above. You may not get anything the first few months but gradually you will be able to increase your income to something enviable.

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