Video games have renewed renown and potential, especially as the graphics and their capabilities soar. In the future, gaming will be virtual, we will become immersed in alternative realities where we star as the protagonist. The potential of gaming is just getting started, and it is guaranteed to increase as personal computers and laptops improve. Already there is a huge market for people who watch others play video games. PewDiePie has made his Let’s Play commentary brand-worthy, and he is now worth over $20 million USD.
He made money off playing video games, and you can too.
YouTube is the home where personal brands and groups have made it big. YouTube is where small production companies can get their limelight and can grow a community of people that care about them. The most fascinating part about these small production companies is that many of them started off by themselves with minimal editing equipment.
You don’t need to have a large investment or a down deposit to make it big on YouTube, but it’s much harder now than it used to be to make it on YouTube. A lot of great content gets ignored, despite how often creators put out content. This means that even if you have a community, you aren’t likely to make money off YouTube’s ad revenue stream. That’s where services like Patreon come into play. This allows you to get support from your fans directly, so you can continue to do what you love.
Another way you can turn your gaming habit into a revenue stream is to go on Twitch. This Amazon-owned app focusses on video game live streaming, and it too has its own affiliate program. Before you needed to be a member of the Partnered streamers group on Twitch to make money. Now, all you need are fans.
This is because your fans can cheer you on with “Bits”, which equate to about $0.014 USD. Viewers can either buy these bits or they can watch advertisements to earn them. Either way, if you have enough fans you too can start making money. This is Twitch’s first attempt at helping its own community, no matter how popular you are.
If you want to start making more money on Twitch, you need to first gain more fans. Find a niche or rely on your comedy and your gaming skill to gain interest. You should also use your own marketing. This means using a Twitch banner maker to ramp up your profile, and even advertising your profile on other social media accounts.
The more people that know about you, the more you will make, and as time goes on, the more options you have. If you find you aren’t making the revenue or even getting the views you want through YouTube, try alternative services that will help you put your gaming out there. Twitch is a great option, because not only is there little editing involved – being a live stream – you can even make money from it. Start today and grow your fan base, and see your efforts paid off.