A dream for most young people nowadays is to become an internet celebrity and make enough money from the internet to support them doing what they enjoy full time. As a gamer you may wish to be able to play games and get paid for it which is achievable thanks to the gaming industry maturing into what it is today.
The main sources of income on the internet is from advertising, sales of services and goods and the sale of personal details. If you can do something that gains you an audience that can then go on to buy something or click ads then you can make money.
Twitch is a video platform that catalogs live streams of people playing video games along with commentary provided by the player. Over the last few years this method of entertainment has exploded and Twitch was bought by Amazon for just under $1 billion as they saw this was a major shift in the way millennials are entertained. Much like YouTube, Twitch makes money from advertising sales before and during live stream broadcasts that pay for the maintenance and running of the site.
Using this information you can use the same techniques, simply build up an audience of followers who want to keep coming back to watch you and then make money from any sales that they then go on to make. This can be done by signing up to affiliate programs and then referring people looking to buy services and then getting a cut of any sales. Building up a large enough audience of potential customers could support you to play games and provide even more watchable content.
Underneath your live stream on Twitch you can edit the content of the page, which you can dress up to be a money making section to support your gaming. Offering a few different products will help your advertising be more relevant to more people will help too. Some basic market research into the gaming community will show that typical gamers like to buy new gaming hardware, new games, game server hosting and maybe even try dating 😀
Before Twitch we had YouTube, which is still the largest video site in the world by traffic and the second biggest search engine in the world. You could take your previous recorded sessions of gameplay and cut them into “best of” moments to draw people onto your live stream on Twitch as a form of free advertising. The end result of building up an even bigger following is more potential sales to make money from, find more people further up the funnel to the sale and make more money!
Take a look at our Making Money From Game Servers report we have made late 2017 that investigates lots of different ways you can make money from game servers.