Follow your passion and you will not have to work a single day
Ahh, the age old saying. Who doesn’t want to turn their hobbies into their day job, right?
Can you imagine sitting in front of your computer all day, playing your favourite video games and having fried chicken while Ringgit bills make their way into your bank account?
That’s the dream!
But let’s be real: not everyone has what it takes to become a professional gamer. You can blame your bad eye-hand coordination for that.
However, if you eat, sleep, breathe and poop video games, there are still other avenues for you to make some money off it.
And the best thing about that is, you don’t even really have to be good at video games! Here’s what you can do:
#1 Live streaming
In this day and age, why play video games alone in your room when you can have millions of people watch you do just that? There are thousands and thousands of people online live streaming their gaming sessions as we speak, because becoming a live streamer is much easier than becoming a pro gamer. In fact, some of them are making more than RM10,000 a month
All you need to do is to find your niche (horror games, ‘Fortnite’, ‘PUBG’), set up an account on Twitch or YouTube Gaming, hit record and slowly build your audience.
Oh, the most important thing is to be yourself. Nobody likes a live streamer with no personality.
This one’s for all of you out there who wants to play all the latest video games, like, now! Before a video game company releases a new game, they need guinea pigs to test it out.
Playtesters are usually given a copy of the new game in a pre-release state and they are required to play it extensively. A playtester’s key role is to report back to the studio about game-breaking glitches, bugs or generally, any feedback that could help make the game better.
So, if you’re someone who likes to push something to the limit (you rebel, you!), this is the perfect job for you.
#3 Game reviewer
Perhaps the hardest job in the list, you could actually review games for a living. With the emergence of the video game industry (the whole industry could be worth RM534.3 billion by 2020), there’s always a need for video game reviewers as game studios rely on these people to get the good word out.
And it’s pretty easy to get started too: you could either set up a blog or better yet, a YouTube channel. To start off, you could partner up with a local game outlet so that you can get a consistent stream of new games for you to review.
The only downside about this job is, it could be really competitive and you would have to find a way to make your website and your reviews stand out from the rest. Also, it will take years and years to build your reputation as a game reviewer. But hey, if you’re not hustlin’, you’re failin’!
#4 Writing video game guides or walkthroughs
You know how when you’re playing a certain video game, you get stuck at a level and you can’t seem to find the way out (darn you, ‘Half-Life’!)? That’s when guides or walkthroughs come in handy!
With studios aiming to make their games harder and harder, there’s always a need for guides and walkthroughs. If you consider yourself an expert in a certain video game and have a lot of tips and tricks to share, you could consider writing guides for newbies.
Like a game reviewer, you could upload your guides onto your blog or if you have the resources, you could turn it into a video guide and upload them onto YouTube. When you have enough audience for your walkthroughs, you could then monetise them and watch the money roll in.
Now, we know what you’re thinking: where can you find the necessary support and training if you want to pursue a career in the above-mentioned fields? Luckily for you, we have the answer.
eGG Network’s Alliance of Campus Esports (ACE)
was created for this purpose.
A varsity/campus programme set up to empower students via the power of eSports, ACE provides the necessary training to allow them to gain the right skillset to succeed in the eSports industry.
And we’re not just talking about becoming professional gamers: they provide the necessary platform for those who want to dabble in other video game-related careers too!
Their ACE Synergy event, for example, is a convention where students are able to attend and gain insight from various people involved in the eSports industry. These talks aim to expose and educate university and college students to the wider eSports industry.
Really, it’s the perfect place for you to be if you want to learn from the best in the industry.
For more information, click on this link
Of course, all these wouldn’t be possible without the support of everyone’s favourite fast food restaurant - KFC.
KFC is a major sponsor and supporter of ACE’s dream of empowering students to go after their dreams and grow the eSports industry in Malaysia. So, hats off to you, KFC!
And now that we’ve got your attention, you should check out KFC Value Bowls
Starting from RM3.70, there are four yummy bowls to choose from: KFC Original Go Bowl
, KFC Loaded Potato Bowl
, KFC Curry Lava Rice Bowl
and KFC Loaded Go Bowl
If you’re a student who is always on the run (or too busy gaming), KFC Value Bowls will fill your tummy but will not burn a hole in your wallet.
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