It wasn’t so long ago that we used to gather in the basement or in the family room to hook up one or two controllers to your favorite video game system and play Mario Bros. If you would’ve told us then that we’d be able to actually earn money doing this, we’d probably laugh at you.
These days, however, earning money as a Gamer may not be so out of reach for a select few. In case you’ve been living under a rock, top Gamers for skill earn significant cash rewards for winning tournaments and then some gamers have large personalities like Markiplier on YouTube. Hook up a webcam over your reactions and commentary playing a game alone or with friends, and if you have a shard of personality, you may earn a fan base. Turn that fan base into followers who may end up buying games as a Twitch Affiliate.
How to Win Fans
Followers and fans of a video gamer often are linked to their personality. There’s no exact science to getting a fanbase yet, and those who claim to know probably won’t let you into the secret. But for the top example like Markiplier and Pewdiepie, it’s clear that personality matters big time. So you don’t necessarily need the skill to win over followers in this form of revenue earning opportunity, but rather the likable character that has funny and relatable reactions to terrible games to amazing five-star gaming experiences.
Twitch Affiliate Programs
Twitch.tv offers unique ways to earn affiliate revenue. You can do this through their monetary system and the selling of games. The latter is probably the easiest to explain. As you’ll be playing the games, you could be trying to passively refer people to try it out on their own time. Although, in many cases, people watch games so that they don’t have to play games themselves!
People just like to watch sometimes!
Bits (or 1 Cent)
You can earn bits through Twitch which are mostly 1 cent rewards for Cheers or any other sort of emoticon reaction to a game you are streaming. You’ll need to apply for Twitch Affiliate, and then, in turn, be approved. We cover approvals more in the Hack Affiliate Marketing category, and in some cases, it does take some time to be accepted. You’ll also need to apply with these pre-existing terms:
- 50 followers and over the last 30 days
- Have at least 500 total minutes broadcast, seven unique broadcast days, and an average of 3 or more concurrent viewers
- This criterion may change as the program develops
We love affiliate marketing here. It’s one of the web’s most underutilized forms of revenue monetization and often misunderstood. The trick to earning revenue in the long term is just to get started!