Wish You Could Get Paid for Playing Games Online? Your Dream Could Become a Reality

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It’s a gamers dream – sitting around all day playing video games and getting paid for it. But how realistic is this scenario? The truth is there are thousands of people out there that actually get paid for gaming. Check out some of the ways people make money gaming and decide if this profession is right for you.

Video Game Tournaments

Playing in tournaments is how hard-core gamers earn the most money. Usually, they specialize in playing one game, and they play that game all the time. This is a very serious profession and requires massive amounts of dedication. We are talking about having daily schedules where you spend hours upon hours playing the same game. Professional gamers aren’t playing for fun – they are playing to be the best.

Becoming a professional gamer is almost like becoming a professional athlete. The chances of making it are very, very slim. There are people out there doing this, but it isn’t a common career and it’s not something you can stumble into. It takes hard work, dedication, and skill.

Game Testers

A more common gaming profession is working in the quality assurance and testing field. Games go through several rigorous tests before being put on the market. So, there are several people out there who actually get paid for testing these games. To get started in this field, you will most likely need to do some freelance game testing work

to build up experience before you can get hired at a big company. BeAGameTester.com is a great place to start freelancing.

Keep in mind, this doesn’t necessarily mean you get paid for playing the game, because quality assurance is actual work. You could spend hours doing meaningless tasks just to make sure every aspect of the game is perfect. Some of the tasks may be fun, but some are sure to be monotonous and time consuming. Still, you get paid to explore new games. It’s definitely not the worst job you could have.

Paid-For-Play Games

Several sites actually pay people for playing online games. This is something anyone can do, and isn’t really a job. With this option, you actually do get paid just for having fun playing online. The catch is you won’t get paid much. You really won’t even make minimum wage doing this. But, if you already spend time playing online games, there is nothing wrong with earning a little extra money for groceries or skin care products.

If you’re interested in playing online games for money, check out sites like Swag Bucks or The Game Show Network to get started. Just watch out for scams, which can surface in any work-at-home opportunity. Remember any site you play for should be paying you. Never pay them to let you play.

So there are ways you can make money-playing games. If you are just looking for some extra money, playing online games is a great way to supplement your income. If you’re looking for a serious career in the gaming industry, get ready to work hard and do lots of different tasks, not necessarily just playing the game. 


  1. Paul Sharpe says:

    Would be intersted to know how much the average gamer gets paid – the article doesn’t mention that. I could quit my day job! :)

  2. Twitter:
    This is a dream come true for a lot of gamers..however i feel too much gaming does end up getting stale and boring…Some gamers might disagree but that’s my point of view..
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  3. Twitter:
    Video Game Tournaments are quite popular here in Taiwan too. Same is the case in South Korea. The only problem is when Gaming becomes an addiction, which is already a big issue in South Korea. I know a few friends who working in testing. They get to play games and also need to fix bugs.
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  4. wow get payed for something you enjoy doing , well there is some good poeple in the world
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    I feels like a dream,
    I waste my time in playing games too much, if i would get money for that my momma gonna feel proud on me..
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  6. Twitter:
    Hello Shane
    Who doesn’t want to earn money with playing video games. This sounds like dream.I too want to take part in these online video games competition. Thanks for sharing this interesting information with us.
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  7. Torri Kruel says:

    The online media or the internet is offering you the hundreds and a lot of types of the online games, and these games are played by millions of people all around the globe. No matter what they are working or what ever may be their age and also this could help you much to have the great fun with the online games. These games also become the passion for most of the people and also this would help you to have the great fun and the joy which would be getting with the help of the online games. There are even many types of the games which are available online and so you can get the right choice for you. The online games like the puzzle is the type of the online games and also this is creating the great passion and also majority of people are liking this game as they are enjoying while they play it also it is enhancing the capability of the thinking and thus this is the best past time when you are playing the games ion the computers in addition to that to boot the mind is the most excellent in favor of fun and enjoyment. Thanks for your interesting information.

  8. Twitter:
    I think getting a job as a game tester at online is so easy and it doesn’t mean you sit around and play games. However it is a great way to begin work the game industry. But game tester’s incomes are comparatively low considering other jobs in game industry, as workers in most other gaming jobs, for example design, animation and programming, can get a high revenues. anyway … thanks for your contribution.
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  9. QA Testers have tedious jobs, you aren’t really playing games rather than running through and doing monotonous things over and over again to see if you can break a game.

    Being a pro gamer requires a lot of innate skill and then a ton of training on top of that.

    I think the easiest way to make money while playing games is to become a Twitch.tv streamer, if you have the personality and keep up a good broadcast schedule you could have a dedicated viewbase and that pays.
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  10. Twitter:
    Hahaha…Yes you are right, My brother is a couch potato..He loves playing games all day. He never listens to anyone and keeps playing. If there was a company to pay for playing games, we would have been ,millionaire.
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