For far too long, we’ve all been told that you can’t make a career out of video games. Well, you know what?! I say that advice is totally and utterly wrong. In today’s modern age, there are all sorts of ways to make a full-time living out of this exciting hobby. As long as you’re willing to show commitment, passion and drive to achieve your goals, anything is possible. This is your first step towards obtaining your dream job. Let’s set this train in motion.
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In recent years, the eSports phenomenon has taken the world by storm. Now, players of the highest quality are being paid wages to compete in high-stakes tournaments. If you’re particularly good at any game, it’s worth finding out whether there’s an eSport community for it. eSports are set to grow in stature even further in the next few years, providing more dream jobs for gamers across the world.
You’ve heard of PewDiePie. You’ve heard of KSI. These are just two YouTubers that have achieved mega-stardom as a result of their gaming channels. Nowadays, there are a wide variety of gaming channels that make mega-bucks for the creators behind them. If you’ve got an engaging personality and awesome editing skills, this might just be for you. It’s an overcrowded marketplace, though, so be clever. If you want to get YouTube views, you’re going to need to find unique ways to target subscribers.
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If YouTube isn’t your thing, you could always move onto Twitch. Twitch is a platform for live streaming, allowing you to share your gameplay with the world. The key to Twitch is dedication and regularity. Once again, you need to have an engaging personality, but you also need to be online on a consistent basis. You’ll develop a loyal band of subscribers, but if they never know when you’re online, they won’t be able to find you.
Let’s get away from the camera and into the nitty-gritty of game design. If you’ve ever felt like you could make a better game than the ones you’ve been playing, this is for you. You can study games design and obtain a degree in the process. If you can’t afford to do that, why not start with basic design courses online? It doesn’t take much to create an awesome indie title that might just set you on the path to greatness.
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If none of the ideas have taken your fancy so far, you might be feeling a little underwhelmed. Never fear! You love playing video games, right? If you don’t want to engage with people or get too creative, this is your next best option. Major video games companies are always looking for testers to iron out the bugs in their upcoming games. You don’t need much (if any) experience, and your job is to literally play video games all day. Does it get better than that? I don’t think so.
There has never been a better time to get involved in the video games industry. As a certain Shia LeBeouf once said, “don’t let your dreams be dreams.”