Streaming video games becomes viable career option
Now that video game tournaments have become a major spectator sport, gamers have found a way to make a career out of playing games.
It’s no easy task to make money by playing popular video games, but those who have had success do it by live-streaming themselves playing the games.
Twitch.tv is the website most gamers use to stream themselves playing for either profit or pleasure. Some of the video games that have the most viewers are “League of Legends,” “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive,” “Dota 2,” and “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.”
Viewers can watch the streamers for free, without having to make an account. If the viewer does make an account on Twitch, they can receive email notifications when their favorite streamers are online and interact with other viewers in the chat.
Video game streaming on Twitch has proven to be a lucrative market after Amazon purchased the website for $970 million. The streamers themselves have also been making big money.
Popular “Hearthstone” streamer, Jeffrey Shih also known as TrumpSC, gets around 20,000 viewers when he streams on Twitch. Although it is unknown how much he makes from streaming, Shih believes that streamers who get 2,000 viewers consistently can make $2,000 every month.
Many popular streamers that have a consistent viewership in the tens of thousands make around $100,000 or more per year. There are a few different ways that these gamers make money through streaming on Twitch.
Viewers can donate money to the person streaming as a way to support their favorite streamers. The way to make the most money off of streaming is to apply to become a Twitch partner. To partner with Twitch, players need an average of over 500 viewers on their channel and must stream at least three times a week. Once a Twitch partner, ad revenue can be made in the duration of the stream. The person streaming chooses when to play the advertisements.
Partners with Twitch can also charge an optional $4.99 monthly subscription fee to viewers. This subscription offers special features, such as special emoticons that can be used in the chat, and the subscriber has their username broadcast on the channel.
Although there are plenty of ways to make money streaming games, it’s not easy to consistently gain thousands of viewers. It takes hard work, a personality that draws viewers in, and a high level of skill at the game you’re playing. Video game streaming is still in its infancy, but with the revenue being put out so far, more gamers can try and cash in on the trend.
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