Just like anybody else, athletes can make money from esports. However, their experience may give them an edge that could allow them to turn this novel form of entertainment into an interesting source of income.
Become a Professional Player
Becoming a professional player is the most direct way of making money from esports. While esports earnings were severely hit by the pandemic in 2020, the top earner of 2019 (the Finn Jesse Vainikka, aka JerAx) brought home $3.16 million. We know what you’re thinking: becoming a professional esports player takes a lot of dedication and effort. Don’t worry—there’s more than one way to make money from esports.
Creating content is another viable alternative to make money with esports. Streaming is arguably the most lucrative form of esports content. Esports streaming consists in broadcasting your game over the internet so that others can watch you. Streaming platforms place ads on the broadcasts, allowing streamers to make money.
Position Yourself for Future Opportunities
Esports is an exciting field that is still in its infancy, so it’s very likely that even new ways of making money from esports will arise in the near future.
That’s why getting your feet wet on esports now is a smart strategy, even if at the moment you don’t have the skills to become a professional player or streamer. Getting a feel for the gaming industry today will almost certainly position you to take advantage of attractive opportunities in the future.
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