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How to Get Paid to Play Video Games

Put all your experience playing videos games to work—literally.


  • Step 1: Enter online tournaments Enter online tournaments, where you challenge other gamers for money. If you're good, you could win your way to a spot in one of the professional tournaments, which pay big bucks (we're talking five and six figures!).
  • Step 2: Get your foot in the door Apply to work in customer service for a video game company. Like starting in the mail room, an entry-level job like this could lead to a game-playing position.
  • Step 3: Get a job as a game tester Apply for a job as a video game tester with a manufacturer. You'll need to be familiar with the many different games and consoles, and demonstrate you can clearly articulate your likes and dislikes.
  • TIP: Practice! Professional gamers play between six and 12 hours a day every day!
  • Step 4: Write about video games Write about video games for a living, either by becoming a game reviewer or working for a publisher that prepares game guides.
  • Step 5: Become a game play expert Become a game play expert. These are people hired by game manufacturers to go around the country demonstrating new games.
  • Step 6: Become a software developer Become a software developer; in other words, create your own games.
  • TIP: A degree in computer science can help you land a job in game writing, designing, and programming.
  • Step 7: Work hard Whichever video game job you want, work hard. As you might imagine, the competition for these positions is intense.
  • FACT: Seventy-two percent of Americans play video games.

You Will Need

  • Video game expertise
  • Writing skills
  • Dedication
  • A degree in computer science

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