Is gaming a profession?

rockpen23

Member
Many of us probably have heard that you can't make a career out of video games and that is absolutely not true don't let anyone tell you otherwise now of course you may not agree that many of us treat gaming as a profession but making a benchmark in a specific games can be advantageous because of lots of promotions and opportunities. :p

It might not sound too inspirational but you can do anything you set your mind to and don't let people tell you otherwise yes of course making it into video games is really really hard but if you got a good idea some passion the willingness to work really hard and the will to develop the skill and never stop learning is already your asset. ;)
 

jpk0007

Member
Many of us probably have heard that you can't make a career out of video games and that is absolutely not true don't let anyone tell you otherwise now of course you may not agree that many of us treat gaming as a profession but making a benchmark in a specific games can be advantageous because of lots of promotions and opportunities. :p

It might not sound too inspirational but you can do anything you set your mind to and don't let people tell you otherwise yes of course making it into video games is really really hard but if you got a good idea some passion the willingness to work really hard and the will to develop the skill and never stop learning is already your asset. ;)

Well, i agree that one can make good money out of playing games these days. You can also earn a lot of money through posting videos on gaming on your Youtube channel. Many guys are earning huge amount of money trough there online gaming presence. However, i play games just as a hobby and for my own entertainment. I dont think i will bw able to earn through my gaming experience as i am not seriously into it like other guys.
 

Tonivir

Member
I think, not all can make money out of gaming, because almost all I know, they are the one spending money for a game. So it's more of a making money for those who are passionate of creating or develoving new games, or in any case there are games that are free to play but in return you can earn money. It's a matter of doing research nowadays.
 

junrose123

Member
Well personally I have never tried to play games for money since most of the time I am playing it for fun and entertainment but of course I am open for playing it to have some extra money if someone will offer me such a kind of opportunity to earn while at the same time enjoying. I had been trying to find some site that would give me some extra income while playing some games but sadly I cannot find any one of them.
 
Well, if you could do it why not? I'm going to congratulate you man if ever this is your reality. there is no better job than the one where you got to enjoy it while earning real cash. If I would be offered an opportunity like this, I would definitely take it man. This is like living the dream situation.
 

wallet

Member
In my opinion, the money comes to those who create games and not the ones who play the game. I earn money from different tasks and I searched on the Internet to find sites that pays for playing games but I could not find any.
 

GioMatos

Member
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I feel like you can make money out of practically anything these days, especially with the continous growth of the internet and social media. On the other hand, being a professional gamer is not for anyone. You have to be really good at it, you have to invest plenty of money on equipment and you need to have a big following/presence on social media beforehand. None of those things come easily. I think that making an income like that is pretty awesome though.
 

egghead

Member
I have not tried this, however, I hear that there are a game testing jobs available and the games can make money by testing games. I have seen a lot of videos on YouTube that basically deals with tips and tricks on games. These videos have a lot of views. If you can create tutorial videos, you can also make money as a gamer.
 

Jayson

Member
I think you can make a career out of anything - assuming you know the skill and can implement the business side of it (making a business, getting hired etc.). OK, this is the case most of the time - assuming there is enough demand.
 

beth466

Member
Do you think gaming is also one kind of profession? For me, yes because as we define profession, a profession is anything of which you can earn from it, and anything which you have the passion to do. Even though you didn't have the education to pass or to study but I guess the number of hours you actually played the game, all in all, will be the basis of your career if you try to pursue it in professional gaming path.
 

jpk0007

Member
Do you think gaming is also one kind of profession? For me, yes because as we define profession, a profession is anything of which you can earn from it, and anything which you have the passion to do. Even though you didn't have the education to pass or to study but I guess the number of hours you actually played the game, all in all, will be the basis of your career if you try to pursue it in professional gaming path.

Well, for me gaming has always been one of my favourite hobbies. I have never looked at it as a source of earning money. However , people are looking at gaming as a profession and are successfully earning from there online gaming activities.I would say that if you are good at it and if you are able to give time for it then you should try your hand at it.
 

phanuruch

Member
I know people who live by playing board games such as chess at a professional level. It looks and sounds like fun and I wish I had the time to develop such skills.
 

egghead

Member
I have heard of people making money by testing games or streaming games. I have also watched a lot of game tutorials and cheats on Youtube and these gamers are making money out of passion. For these people, gaming can be a profession. However, just by spending time playing games, you cannot call it a profession.
 

Bravosi

Member
It's a dream coming true, you might drink, but it's also a duty, nonetheless. You cant just quit in the middle. Personally as a gamer I made money once back in 2014-15, and it was fun. But very obligatory because I didn't make it through streams, but rather ESL contests.
 

chi92

Member
It definitely is a profession, and, for many, it is a dream come true. But the competition is very big and you really have to dedicate yourself to it. It is a lifestyle. To be a good professional gamer and to maintain a level of gameplay gamers play from 10 to 15-16 hours each day. That is a lot more time than people dedicate to some other "regular" professions. But, on the other hand, you are playing a game that you love (or at least used to love) :)
 

GioMatos

Member
As I said on one of my previous comments, these days you can earn money from almost everything! You don't even need to go out of the house anymore. If you're good at something, earning money from it sounds perfectly reasonable.
 

bphlover

Member
I'm pretty amazed with those who are able to earn money by playing a game and turn it into a profession. I mean, they get to do what they love and they are being paid for it. What more could you ask for?
 

Anachiwo

Member
I have seen some people who have taken gaming to another level and they have somehow become a star in the gaming franchise. In my opinion, it's more about discovering your innate gaming skills set and see if it's capable of competing at a professional level.
 

Nova

Member
I kind of feel envy of those who play the games through streams and make money. I mean that is the most exciting job one can have. And the earning through that is also pretty exciting and fun. I may have to find a way to earn from the gaming like this. But I have no clue on where to start and how to manage the ads etc.
 

leadtech

Member
You can also earning by streaming gamess. but it takes a lot more time to gain popularity since they are so many pro players are streaming also.
 
I don't consider this as a profession (not at all!) and I think officially this should not be considered either. Playing video games should be seen as just a hobby and nothing more than that.
 

Kieranlewix

Member
Gaming is becoming very lucrative nowadays. Playing online is earning gamers lots of money, especially if they are the best of the best. I haven't found any good leads on paying game sites, but from what I have read on numerous sites on the internet, I have definitely got to put more effort in my research. I play for fun, and bet sometimes to earn a little from gaming, but it would be nice to actually be a professional gamer and earn from it. Do you guys know any paying gaming sites?
 

Alexander.

Member
Yes, either as an content creator or an offline profession. If your looking to succeed in the gaming industry online, you need to already have an fan base or plans to build one up for your channel. You can then earn the cash of running advertisements in your videos.

Alternatively, I know some people who participate in professional gaming tournaments which two examples include Chess and Poll.

It can definitely be accomplished with some hard dedicated work!
 

Lizardbro

Member
I honestly think that gaming is a profession, if it is not then it is definitely getting close to there. A lot of people are slowly making major money off of gaming.
 

polker

Member
Gaming is surely a profession no doubts. People are making thousands of dollars by playing. Esports games like CS:GO and DOTA 2 have large fan base.
 

Jelineex

Member
Well some people are lucky to turn their hobby into a profession. They have commitment and passion with what they are doing. However, if you have the desires to get into that field you must do your best. It is fine to take an extra challenge but always have a reservation of acceptance in case of failure. What matters is you try and enjoy it's moment.
 

Nova

Member
More and more people are getting into the review and streaming jobs. So it seems like a good option for those who are struggling with a career and want to advance further in their work. It may not always work out for those people with decent salary but if you work hard enough then it should not be that difficult.
 

Alexander.

Member
If you had the skills, would you play for a living? If you were good enough, would you? Why or why not? If so, which sector in the gaming industry would you choose?
 

Nova

Member
There is a definitely career level chance in the gaming industry. Like say playing the games and promoting it as an influencer. Playing the game professionally and earning from esports. And also writing the reviews, recording them and also getting the sponsorship. Those sort of things are part of the gaming career.
 

TopSilver

Member
You have to be really good at a game to play for a living. I mean you have to be really good and consistent too. Any loss you have counts against you and any win you get is just a small portion of wins you need to succeed in this industry. Although there have been some really and I mean really good people to make it in the gaming industry. Such as Optic Gaming who have won countless tournaments in many different games with many different play styles. They have done amazingly well.
 

Nova

Member
There are some of the sites that do pay for the content writing. And that can be a good start. Finding the right type of the article writer and the content poster say like video poster. It's not easy to find some of such sites though. But people do make use of the simple gigs and establish themselves. So starting at some point is the key.
 

Nova

Member
If gaming can make some decent income then I'd be surely going towards it as a career. So far the career as in online time investment is purely on the content side of it. I am also trying to build the instagram account. So far it can be pretty difficult if you ask me. Not a lot can be done with the influencer approach.
 

Shole

Member
You have to be really good at a game to play for a living. I mean you have to be really good and consistent too. Any loss you have counts against you and any win you get is just a small portion of wins you need to succeed in this industry. Although there have been some really and I mean really good people to make it in the gaming industry. Such as Optic Gaming who have won countless tournaments in many different games with many different play styles. They have done amazingly well.
Now as much as I agree, there is a bit of a problem here. Yeah winning will get you far, but you have to have some kind of personality too I think, without it you can be the best, but you might not be the most entertaining to watch. That's purely on YT and Twitch, for a professional gamer, who will make money only from gaming tournaments then winning is everything.
 

Nova

Member
I have seen people on twitch always online playing. And some of the time they also hire the other people to play for them. And it has become pretty difficult to earn the consistent playing the game. Not all gamers can be rich like that. But if you can make your mark then yes that is possible to some extent.
 

Ash

Member
It would be good if I was able to make a large amount of money. Why not do something you love as a job? It would be extremely fun although I would be slightly worried I would get bored of certain games
 

Nova

Member
I think writing article about the games and then making money off that writing career can be a good job. But the thing is that not a lot of people can make the gaming as a career from what I have seen so far.
 

Nova

Member
You can also earning by streaming gamess. but it takes a lot more time to gain popularity since they are so many pro players are streaming also.
The problem is not all streams get paid. plus the people who are into streaming require better internet connection. And they need to regularly stream to have ads on their system. So it can be pretty difficult to keep up with stuff.
 

Ash

Member
I'm sure everyone here would love to make gaming a career and make money from it. Unfortunately, it's not exactly the easiest option. With so many streamers out there, it's hard to become popular nowadays.
 

Barida

Member
In the past when I was in college, I used to place bets with my guys while we play games. That was one of the ways that I made money while gaming. Though it I illegal in my country to bet on games, we did it as kids and it was fun.
 

Nova

Member
I think game development can be a good career. I have seen some of the folks making a fortune simply with one or two games. And for them it definitely worked out. I guess in near future this can be a good thing for sure.
 

Barida

Member
The truth is that I will like to focus on enjoying the fun that comes with gaming. However, there is need for us to see that if it can pay as a career, then it is worth going for. The issue may come with intense pressure to always come out on tops every time that I play the game.
 

Nova

Member
I think if you are planning for other jobs then it's necessary to keep the gaming as hobby. If you can get the gaming videos and the written articles to have some sort of demand. Then I am guessing you can easily make this as a career.
 

Aries

Administrator
Gaming is more of a hobby for me. I don't think I can do it for a living but I sure do know some people who do and they enjoy it!
 

Jayson

Member
More and more people are getting into the review and streaming jobs. So it seems like a good option for those who are struggling with a career and want to advance further in their work. It may not always work out for those people with decent salary but if you work hard enough then it should not be that difficult.

Well, it's not that easy. This reminds me of this article about Patreon - where it claimed few people made - even the minimum wage from it! O.K., why is that the case?

Well, the reason is the fact that online endeavors - like any business - generally require a huge investment in marketing - but that wasn't mentioned on the article! Anyway, though, as you say - if someone can make it with streaming etc.. - then power to them!

O.K., well I am assuming the worst - cause I really believe you'd have to own your own traffic stream, website and/or social media page - at the least - and it would have to be big and full of targeted traffic.
 

blaqdu

Member
As I said on one of my previous comments, these days you can earn money from almost everything! You don't even need to go out of the house anymore. If you're good at something, earning money from it sounds perfectly reasonable.
hey trust me only the lucky ones ... over 3 yearss i have tried and its not easy as its written.
 

Nova

Member
Well, it's not that easy. This reminds me of this article about Patreon - where it claimed few people made - even the minimum wage from it! O.K., why is that the case?

Well, the reason is the fact that online endeavors - like any business - generally require a huge investment in marketing - but that wasn't mentioned on the article! Anyway, though, as you say - if someone can make it with streaming etc.. - then power to them!

O.K., well I am assuming the worst - cause I really believe you'd have to own your own traffic stream, website and/or social media page - at the least - and it would have to be big and full of targeted traffic.
I think there are people who left their school, college and even jobs. So you can speculate that it is not all the time doable business but it is possible to quit job and save the money earned.
 
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