How to earn money playing your favorite esports titles

October 1 2021

How to earn money playing your favorite esports titles
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Ever considered the possibility of earning thousands of dollars by simply playing your favorite video games? Yeah, me neither. Increasingly, the massive amounts of money made by top Esports players are starting to compete with the wages paid by real-world professional athletes in their respective sports.

While you and I cannot compete against the best of the best, we can at least benefit from the uptrend of esports and earn ourselves a living while at it.

If you are reading this article, I assume that you want to earn money by playing your favorite esports games.

Well, you are about to commit to a bumpy journey full of doubts and mistakes. However, get past the rough part and the journey opens up to a green landscape full of contentment and joy.

Does that sound exciting to you? If the answer is yes, embark on this article first. It will show you the steps to earning money with esports.

Become an Esports Streamer

You can earn money by becoming a streamer of your favorite game. If people often look forward to meeting you because of your sense of humor, then streaming is for you.

For a stream to be successful, the aspect of interaction and participation must be present. Your content needs to be engaging for an audience to stick around. For that to happen, you need to do more than just quietly play games.

SushiDragon is an example of a streamer that goes beyond gaming. He prides himself on using technology to create an innovative streaming environment with unmatched productional value, special effects, and hilarious dancing in-between video game matches.

SushiDragon has found his flavor. Now, he has a place in the world of streaming due to the authenticity he continues to provide in every stream session. Authenticity is his ultimate weapon, and he fully embraces it.

If you want to succeed like SushiDragon and other well-known streamers, you need to know how different you are compared to them.

Is Esports Streaming a Profitable Career?

✅ Streaming can be a lucrative business if you know what you are doing.

The key to streaming is to build a community of followers, people who tune in daily to watch your stream.

Once you've developed a following, continue to show up and do exactly what you are good at.

Eventually, you will turn your part-time hobby into a full-time job.

Consistency with a little bit of motivation is the perfect recipe for success. Video games or not, you need to think about it as a business and apply strategic plans to get your stream to a broader range of audiences.

How to Start Your Esports Streaming Career

Video game streaming is the easiest of all careers to begin working with. After doing the investment upfront, you can start streaming right away. As you stream, you get better at the process and learn what makes your audiences stay.

Despite easy barriers to entry, streaming requires a lot of mental work to maintain. New streamers enter the platform and saturate viewership every day.

To succeed in an already saturated career, you need to develop your voice, the one that resonates with your viewers.

Facebook Gaming and Twitch are two of the most dominant streaming platforms right now as we speak. However, these two platforms are incredibly saturated with thousands of streamers.

If you want to make a name for yourself, the best way is to start in a small community where everyone can see and reach you easily. Other platforms are on the rise, such as Caffeine, Youtube Gaming, and Trovo. Even Netflix is investing in video game streaming after seeing how potentially lucrative the industry is.

Streaming can be draining to do every day, but you will succeed if you are passionate about it. Keep it up, go live every day with specific goals in mind, and viewers will start to notice your humor.  

Read more: Everything you wanted to know about becoming a streamer.

Become an Esports Coach

Esports streamer

Are you able to analyze players' actions and provide tips and strategies? Esports coaching might be for you. Image source: Higor Hanschen

If you are good at a particular game, you can become a coach. Coaching is a prominent and prideful career if you enjoy the idea of continuous improvements in a video game.

Before becoming an esports writer, I used to coach people to get better at League of Legends. The goal was always to help them achieve higher ranks. Through the work, I happened to find my love for the competitiveness aspect of the game and rolled with it until today.

Even though it took me a long time to get to where I am today, I felt like my choices were ultimately for myself and my future. How can I approach esports as a business? I had that question burning in the back of my mind since my early years of coaching.

Coaching might be for you if you have a knack for in-depth analysis and finding out the little details from the big picture. If that is your talent, you will always be in demand.

Read our interview with former esports coach, vuggo.

Is Esports Coaching a Profitable Career?

✅ Yes, coaching is a profitable career if you are in demand.

If you become well known among professional players and recruiters, you can get hired by upcoming professional teams, where the true peak of this career would be.

Otherwise, the potential to generate an income as significant as streaming is barely possible. If you get into coaching for greater wealth, I would recommend you look elsewhere.

Although, the work is fun, and you get to scratch your competitive itch.

How to Start Your Esports Coaching Career

Growing a coaching career is going to be a bit more difficult than streaming. Luckily, you do not need to rely on any third-party software and company to earn money. Coaching is one of the careers where you can freelance 100% of your work. Freelancing is essentially working for yourself. You are your own boss and employee.

You are going to do a lot of work scouting when starting. You can begin promoting your coaching service on freelancing sites like Fiverr. Additionally, you can apply to become a coach at dedicated esports coaching websites such as Proguides and Gamer Sensei.

Once you pick up some clients, try your best to retain them. Essentially, you can use coaching as a means to pick up clients and lead them to other platforms, such as Youtube, where you upload extra content. If your goal is to reach a professional level, start by looking for local teams. Always start small and work your way up from there.

Check out this video guide by Locodoco on how to become a League of Legends coach, if that is your game:

Become an Esports Content Creator

Content is essential in the field of esports. Good content is how esports stay relevant. News, guides, opinion pieces - a content creator's job is to inform, teach, and maintain the fire within every esports player. Whether you are a YouTuber, writer, or journalist, those are just different paths a content creator can take.

Is Content Creation for You?

❓Do you often daydream about random ideas and formulate imaginative plans to make them work?

If so, you have a mind for content.

But that's not enough. It would help if you also had a passion for creating content. Similar to streaming and coaching, you need to love what you create. Content creation requires you to have a little bit of talent and a desire for creativity.

Frankly, I became a writer because I am afraid of boredom. When I am not creating something or achieving my goals, my brain quickly becomes disinterested in daily life. Therefore, I needed an outlet to satisfy my creative needs, and I found writing to be the perfect match.

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Writing can be a great way to share your knowledge and passion. Image source Glenn Carstens.

What about you? What is your outlet?

It is up to you to find which format suits you the most. It could be videos, podcasts, articles, or infographics. No one is forcing you to stay within your one format. Therefore, branch out as much as you want. As long as you find joy in creating them, they will be the appropriate formats to pursue.

How to Start Your Esports Content Career

Inspirations for content creation can spark from anywhere. You can examine some examples below to get a feel of what you want to do.

If entertainment is your strength, you can work with dedicated teams of content creators, such as UpUpDownDown and OfflineTV, to entertain viewers beyond gaming. If you love to provide insights into esports' culture, theScore esports is all about that. If you love to write, this article is a mediocre example at best, but it is still an example.

Once you have selected your media types, forget about the money temporarily, and focus on providing value to your audience. How can you make their lives better? That is the question you must answer every time you create a piece of content.

Earn Money with G-Loot

If you love esports but have not decided how to approach a career, you can get your feet wet by earning real money right now with G-Loot.

G-Loot is a PC app that allows you to earn money by competing in the games you love. If you are a competitive person, you can rack in great rewards from placing high in the leaderboards of your preferred games.

G-Loot supports many titles from League of Legends, and Dota 2 to PUBG:BATTLEGROUNDS and Apex Legends, and even Teamfight Tactics.


Earning money with esports all comes down to knowing your strengths and how you market them to the world around you. 

If you have not noticed, the message that I am conveying here is to be different and stand out from the rest. You cannot do what the others are doing and expect to exceed them. Instead, find a unique way to approach your audiences, and they will appreciate your authenticity above the noise.

Be no other than yourself, and earn a good life while at it. 

Want more? Check out 4 esports careers you might not have considered.

Bryan Wurz

Bryan Wurz
Bryan Wurz

Excellent mechanics do not win tournaments, teamwork does. Work together to win!

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