World’s Elite Gamers and Streamers Proving That A Hobby Can Become A Job


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Supplementing an income is always desirable, especially if that income can be gained through the pursuit of a hobby. Some people are taking it a step further, turning their hobby into a primary income. The vast sums of money available for the world’s finest competitive eSports players and live streamers are more than enough to sustain a luxurious lifestyle, a kick in the teeth for those who declare that time spent gaming is worthless.

Prize pools available for eSports tournaments are showing no signs of drying up. This year, Epic Games have capitalised on the lucrative fortunes of their game Fortnite by providing $100,000,000 as prizes for tournaments during the first year of competition. There is a wide range of eSports available, a diverse collection that offers something for all types of gamers.

Some of the most popular eSports are multiplayer games that draw from fantasy lore, with Statista estimating that League of Legends attracts 100 million users each month. People are drawn to the cooperative element of League of Legends, with official teams bringing players together as if they were members of a sports club or colleagues in an office. That potential to build teams is also enticing a growing number of players to take up FIFA 19 as an eSport.

Football gamers paid like footballers

As with League of Legends, FIFA 19 gamers come together to represent a team and even a brand. Leading football clubs like Manchester City have endorsed eSports players to be ambassadors, with Business Cloud reporting how City are linking up with prestigious eSport organization Epsilon for competitive FIFA 19 action. Manchester City are dominant in real football, expected to challenge for titles domestically and continentally. The link-up with eSports demonstrates how clubs are making concerted efforts to dominate all facets of the sport. This connection with the professional game is transcending the addition of professional clubs, as the entire landscape is starting to resemble its on-field counterpart. Television deals are being struck for eSports and bookmakers like Betway are offering odds on tournaments like the eWorld Cup, as well as for other eSports like DOTA 2 and League of Legends.

The BBC has reported that the prize pool for the eChampions League is $100,000, a sum of money more traditionally associated with elite footballers rather than elite gamers. An aptitude for gaming can provide fruitful in the biggest of eSports tournaments, helping to claim the biggest of financial rewards. However, if a gamer is to secure a more regular income from their hobby then it is important to marry personality with skill, to attract audiences to live streaming. Much of live streaming is carried out through Twitch.

Money flowing in the world of streaming

Twitch is a video streaming platform created in 2011, with its subsequent success prompting Amazon to purchase the site for what Wall Street Journal reported as a sum of $970 million. Sums earned by the leading Twitch gamers are inevitably not quite as eye-watering, but there are huge financial incentives to be the best. Forbes calls the rise of Tyler “Ninja” Blevins “meteoric”, with the cited $350,000 that Ninja earns per month from Twitch subscriptions an amount that is almost out of this world.


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Ninja is the biggest name in the world of streaming, giving him the prestige to attract big names from any world. Another man who has enjoyed success in streaming is Drake, with Billboard reporting that the Canadian rapper is the most-streamed artist on Spotify. Drake joined Ninja on Twitch to play 2018’s breakout game Fortnite, an indication of the crossover appeal that live streaming holds.

Gaming is not the only way to earn money online. Those passionate about writing are able to earn money from their blogs through advertising and sponsorship. Blogging is a hotly-contested market, however; Internet Live Stats report that there are over 1.5 billion websites, so standing out from the crowd is harder than in the worlds of eSports and Twitch streaming. Another hobby that, like gaming, may have appeared inconceivable as a money-making venture is watching television, with companies like Swagbucks paying people to watch videos. An even more illustrious role is offered by Netflix, with Business Insider detailing how the streaming giant employs 30 people to watch Netflix content and attach suitable tags to media.

However, these hobbies lack the clear progression and the potential to earn huge sums that eSports and Twitch can offer. A casual gamer can go from enjoying a hobby to monetizing their skills in a short space of time if they are good enough, raking in financial rewards more traditionally associated with professional sportspeople. Being a leading sportsperson has been one of the most elusive but most desirable vocations for many people, but the ability to earn incomes via gaming is perhaps a more achievable means of turning a hobby into a job.

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