Being a pro eSports gamer can be fun on its own, but creating content on the side can be a helpful way to bring in more cash. And then on the flipside, you have to think about how to not let these activities affect your performance. For instance, streaming on Twitch shouldn’t affect the way you play during a match or distract you so much that you forget to practice new things. Something like Twitch should be your first step towards making your first dollars as a pro gamer besides tournaments.
Because after all, it’s important that you develop skills outside the game for money to come in during downtimes on your tournament schedule, because sometimes there’s just a lack of opportunities.
Something that we often don’t think about is that being a full-time pro-gamer can be stressful. At some moments you could be waiting for that big announcement for a tournament with big potential earnings, and the wait could be that much less stressful if you know that there’s a constant flow of cash coming in. It’s definitely harder to become a pro eSports player when you have to ride all the ups and downs of the leagues you’re involved in. So read through these and try to imagine what you could do.
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If you’re more of an entertainer you could definitely still go for Twitch as you will find some audiences that are looking for fun content instead of competition. This could be a good way to sustain yourself financially while you move up the ranks. The lack of earnings or financial successes could be one of the big obstacles to maintain your motivation in a career of eSports gamer and having something coming in regularly connected to gaming is one of the best ways to keep going strong.
When setting up a Twitch TV stream, it’s important to take in consideration all the elements that will make someone want to tune in: great skills, entertaining and useful comments, interaction with your viewers, presentation and just how interesting it is to come back to your stream repeatedly. Some channels have a very loyal following and if you can find what makes you unique as a player (and sure, it could be your skills), you could be on your way to making quite a lot of money.
Read the following Addiktz’s posts for more information about Twitch streaming:
- How to Get Started Making Money by Streaming on Twitch
- 4 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Twitch Stream
- How to Increase Your Viewership on Twitch
YouTube can be another great option to gain money on the side as a pro eSports player by gaining viewership, but you will want to think about how you can attract a more casual type of audience in this case. People don’t only go on YouTube to meet their gaming needs and you will get critics coming from anywhere basically. If you can tune your presentation to please any kind of casual gamer though, you could actually become a YouTube star and make more money than on Twitch. Of course, in the case of both Twitch and YouTube, the more viewership you get the more responsibilities you have, so act accordingly, especially if you have a sponsorship contract. With a sponsor, you could also boost your viewership by giving out gear or having contests if they agree to collaborate with you, and then you can maximize your earnings. Sponsors like when you can hype up a product on a stream or video to the point that people will want it badly, and possibly buy it if they don’t win.
As a sideline, you could also resort to tuition, which is, while not as good as a training as a decent match played for Twitch, still a way to reinforce your game and what you’ve learned. They often say that becoming a teacher is the best way to become a better student, and by sharing your knowledge to those at a level under you, you will revise everything you’ve learned and come to realizations about where you’re at as a player.
Tuition can bring in quite a lot of income, especially if your time and hours are precious. Don’t overcharge since you will quickly lose the respect of your community, but if your students leave your “classroom” saying that they’ve had their money’s worth, you will quickly gain some clients. You may include this sideline income in your schedule that we’ve discussed in this document and improve your ability to pay to attend tournaments by yourself. When giving lessons to the players who paid you, go over some content concerning reflexes and quickness, strategy and leave some time at the end to answer any questions or special request your student might have. Chances are that he or she came with something specific in mind so you can get more satisfied customers (and more money) by letting them dictate a part of the lesson.
So, once you’ve contemplated these options, you can start to build a plan to start to make money almost immediately as an eSports gamer. Be careful that these activities don’t overstep what you really want to achieve, which is to succeed as a pro eSports gamer, and try to experiment as much as possible. It might take some time before you land the perfect formula to make money to support your eSports gaming dream.
Also, maybe you can find a side activity different from these that can bring additional money in. If you’re active on the local scene or have a specific LAN center you’re used to practicing at, you could certainly use your imagination to create something that will raise money for you or your team. The web can always be used together with the real-life experience to create more funding for your eSports career. Just make sure to split that money equally and fairly wherever that applies and ask for the necessary permissions and information.
As a last piece of advice, try to make your side activities that bring in money really separate from the competitive vibe you usually display during the important games. There’s no need to appear frustrated on Twitch and that will only make you lose some viewership. You may want to reserve some downtime for that shift from competitive to casual to happen, so that the viewers can see you relaxed and ready to answer their questions. When making money through those ways, every interaction counts in making your stream, channel or tuition offer spread all around the web in a positive way. Remember to use Twitter and Facebook in order to keep track of those people who come to you and to surprise them with a special event or offer every once in a while.