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Give Me Money: How Can I Make Money With Video Games?

Updated on January 14, 2013


Video games have become a widespread phenomenon in the last few decades. While most people see video games as just a hobby, in fact it has made quite a few people a lot of money. How can one make money with video games, you ask? Well, there are various ways. You've probably heard of some ways to make money with video games, but have yet to scratch the surface on the subject.

Well, that is what I am here to do. So, read on and see how a hobby can potentially make you a lot of money.

Become a Video Game Professional

If you want to make money with video games, you might want to think about pursuing a job in the video game industry. You could become a video game designer, in charge of the designing process of video games. Such a position usually does not require a lot of programming experience but has a lot of competition. Of course, a video game cannot be created without lots and lots of other people, such as graphics designers, level designers, and coders (aka. programmers). So, if you have a natural knack for programming, you'll probably be a highly solicited asset in the industry.

Whether this is the right choice for you is another topic altogether. Many established video game industry members complain that the hours are long, especially in crunch time (the three months or so before a video game goes gold). However, the pay is great and if you're passionate about video games, it could be your dream job.

Write Video Game Articles

I'm probably best qualified to talk about this subject, given that I write video game articles on this site on a semi-regular basis. Depending on where you write, you can make a steady source of money out of advertising fees or article commissions. I have tried several article sites and find that this site is the best one for making money if you don't want to worry about the hassle of creating your own video game review site.

Of course, if you can be bothered to make your own video game review site, you will find that it has the potential to make you a lot of money. However, the effort needed to break into the video game review site niche is legendary. Hence, why most people write for already established sites instead of make their own. The money is still good either way, after all.

Note: If you want to make money writing about anything, including video games, feel free to sign up to Hubpages by clicking on any part of this sentence. If you do so, feel free to message me if you need help. I'm not always available, but I promise to do my best to help you as soon as possible. Failing that, there are many other great Hubbers on this site that can help you in my absence.

Make your Own Video Game

If you're passionate about video games, you've probably thought of actually making a video game. I know I have. Well, making your own video game is a potential source of money. In this day and age, there are a myriad of development tools for a bunch of different types of video games, so you don't necessarily have to have much programming experience to pull it off. One engine I have used in recent times is RPG Maker VX Ace. It can be used to make 2D RPGs in the style of older Final Fantasy games. You don't need any programming experience to make a game with that engine, but having some programming experience will allow you greater power over customization of your RPG video game.

If RPGs are not your things, you can check out other engines such as Game Maker and Torque, which give you the ability to make various other types of games, such as platformers and shooters.

Become a Professional Video Gamer

You may be asking yourself: "Hey, didn't Winterfate write about this three sections ago?".

Well, the answer to that question is no. See, in that section I was talking about becoming a professional in the video game industry. In this section, I'm talking about devoting yourself to a video game (or a few video games) to make money as a professional video gamer (pro gamer).

Electronic sports (or e-sports for short) have been booming in recent years. If you have ever played League of Legends or Starcraft 2, you've probably noticed that there is a quite active tournament circuit for professional gamers. You won't become a millionaire, as of the time of this writing, but you can definitely make some good money if you have the skills in a particular video game.

However, the life of a pro gamer is not for everyone. Go check out some documentaries on Korean gaming ethic for Starcraft 2 at the pro level and you'll see why. If you want to be a top-level player, you have to put in the time. It ends up being a 8 to 5 job of a different kind. You might grow to hate the game you initially loved thanks to the fact that you're forced to play it, day in, day out. Or, you might enjoy the game enough that the hours fly by without you noticing. If you're in the second group, you might want to consider becoming a pro gamer.

Diablo 3 - The Real Money Auction House

This video game deserves its own section for coming up with a novel way of making money off for a hobby. While the gold economy of the Diablo 3 will likely be in shambles within a few months, there will always be money to be had, although it is a lot like rolling dice and hoping they land on your number of choice. If you want to read more about this subject, feel free to click on any part of this sentence.

Sell Video Game Guides

You have probably seen them all around the Internet: People selling their expert knowledge related to a certain game (usually, but not limited to, online games). Well, if you're good enough at playing a certain video game, you can sell your knowledge for good money as well. Given that a lot of those guides sell for upwards of $20, you can make money by undercutting the established guides or just make a guide so good that it is worth $20 or $30. It's your call!


In closing, there are quite a few ways to make money off of video games, so many in fact that I've probably missed a few. I hope that this hub has sparked you to figure out how to make money with your favorite hobbies. Feel free to post in the comments section if you'd like to leave feedback or just talk about this subject.

Until the next time, take care and have fun! ;)



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      sonison 5 years ago from Heaven 7

      It is wonderful to know that you can make money out of video games other than just playing them. Idea of selling video game idea sounds prefect. Good Hub.

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      Darrin Perez 5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hey there JohnGreasyGamer!

      Yeah, it's a sad state of affairs when you have to bite the bullet and join the corruption to make the most money in the least amount of time. :/

      I'd like to think I'll never succumb to such temptations.

      But, that's the world we live in nowadays, and it extends to everything, not just video games.

      Thanks for reading!

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Nice ideas there, and I would also recommend becoming part of a publisher team like EA or Crapcom. Yes, they're corrupt as all Hell but people still pay a fortune for whatever bone they throw out for us dogs. Plus, they make a fortune and it's up to them if a piggy from the designer team goes to market or not. However, that's more of the business side than the design side.

      And if you want to make money in-game, sell everything. From pig's ears to seaweed, you can make tons of gold! But I prefer real world monies anyday.

      Voted up, useful and interesting!