The Rise Of Gaming Careers: Twitch, Esports & Professional Gambling
Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the rise of the internet is the number of online career opportunities that have opened up for talented gamers. Careers in online gaming are an alternative career for those who want to use their skills to do something different. With fast internet connections, live streams, and dedicated audiences and fanbases, here are three gaming careers that are becoming popular.
Live-stream gaming on Twitch
Twitch is an online streaming platform that lets gamers, musicians, DJs, and other creative talents live to stream themselves to an online audience. Twitch is the number one site for watching gaming speed runs, Let’s Plays, and live gaming sessions and some of the biggest Twitch streamers make a generous living doing it, too. Professional games from all around the world stream regularly and gain enough viewers to become a Twitch affiliate and then a Twitch partner. Becoming successful enough on Twitch opens up monetization options that include donations, advertisements, subscriptions, and sponsorships.
Potential salaries from Twitch are high, with The Loadout quoting estimates that put Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek as some of the biggest earners on the platform. Although Twitch is used for a variety of categories, games, and esports are some of the most popular. Popular types of games include MOBA, racing, role-playing, shooter, and much more with titles like Minecraft, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto V, and Valorant being some of the most popular to play right now.
Professional gambling with competitive tournaments
Gambling comes in a variety of forms both at online and land-based establishments. According to 2020 gambling statistics, it was found that the most popular types of gambling in the UK involve lotteries, scratchcards, and sports betting. Other popular gambling activities also include gambling on fruit and online slot machines, bingo, horse racing, and playing casino games.
One of the most well-known card games that gamblers play is poker and professional gamers around the world have also taken this game to a high skill level. Some of the most well-known professional gambling tournaments for experienced players include the World Poker Tour (WPT).
Founded in 2002, the WPT has operated several international poker tournaments over the years including events like the WPT500, WPT UK, and the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. The current player sitting atop the WTP leaderboard in the number one ranking position is Carlos Mortensen, who has won three titles in the WTP and whose career earnings span a total of $6,738,670. For the tour, Darren Elias currently has the most titles won for the processional tournament with four titles to his name.
Competing in professional esports tournaments
When video gamers become very successful and good at what they do, esports careers are another option that some decide to follow. Esports is basically competitive gaming; the games in question can be all kinds of video games, from first-person shooters like Fortnite and Halo to sports games or tactical games. Esports players play against other professional players, with most of the industry’s monetization coming from cash prizes, salaries, sponsorships, ticketing, media franchising, and digital streaming.
Even if video game fans are not up to professional gaming standards, there are many other careers associated with the esports industry. The British Esports Association website has a variety of useful advice and information on esports jobs in areas such as administration, production, marketing, journalism, and much more. According to The Street, some of the most successful esports players are making millions playing video games in esports tournaments. John Sundstein, who also goes by NTail, plays Defense of the Ancients 2 professionally and has apparently earned almost $7 million playing in 108 tournaments.