How to Make Money Playing Computer Games

By Jennifer Claerr

Updated September 22, 2017

Earn some extra cash by competing in online games that offer prizes.
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You can make money playing both online and offline computer games. Casual gamers can make a little extra pocket change at games they enjoy playing. More serious gamers can make a full-time income from competitive games. There are many different computer games you can make money playing, including the online versions of popular card and board games and action-packed player vs. player (PvP) games.

Check the system requirements of the games you wish to play. Upgrade your computer or purchase a new gaming computer, if necessary. For more serious gaming, you may need a very fast graphics card with its own on-board memory, a sound card with 3D capability, a joystick and a set of two or more sophisticated speakers with a subwoofer. You also may need to upgrade your CPU and RAM.

Obtain software for games that are inexpensive or free to play. Sign up for an online account if the game is online. Play the games regularly. Work specifically on advancing your character's skills within the game, as well as your own personal gaming skills.

Use the free Google AdWords Keyword Tool to see which games are searched most often. Write product reviews and tutorials about the games you play on sites that pay for articles. Also look for writing sites that pay a share of ad revenue. Write a title that's optimized for search engines, and make sure that the density of the primary keywords in the title is about 3 percent. Write a significant quantity of articles that offer helpful tips to the reader. You can also place your articles on your own website or blog if you prefer, then monetize it with Web advertising.

Check websites that allow you to compete for cash prizes. Sites that pay cash for gaming include MSN Games, Gamesville and Play games such as Solitaire, Spades, Bejeweled 2 and Dynomite.

Become a professional gamer when you become an expert at high-action games, such as Quake, Gears of War, Mortal Kombat and Unreal Tournament. Check the game manufacturer's website for information about upcoming tournaments in which you can compete with other gamers. Favor tournaments with prizes over $1,000. At first, compete in tournaments that are close to home or online to keep your costs down.

Play the games you've chosen regularly. Play the games very seriously, between eight and 12 hours per day, just before a tournament. Upgrade your computer hardware and software again to gain an edge over other gamers in the tournament.


Keep yourself physically fit while you're gaming. This will help increase the speed of your reflexes. It will also help to prevent muscular atrophy, stress and weight gain that can come from sitting at a computer for long periods every day.