How to Make Money Online With Games

By Charles Pearson

Getting paid to play games online seems like a counter-intuitive prospect, but there are a few online games in which players can legally earn real-life money. The very first real-world millionaire was created in 2008. Anshe Chung earned over one million dollars by developing virtual real estate. However, earning a significant amount of money online is not easy.

Things You'll Need

  • Updated graphics card

Skill Games

Step 1

Sign up for an online text-based game that provides cash prizes. Several games such as "The Mobster Game" offer cash prizes to high-ranking players.

Step 2

Excel in the game and earn extra turns. In some games, these turns can be turned in for real cash.

Step 3

Reach the highest ranking on a text-based game that offers weekly prizes to the highest ranking players. These games can sometimes pay as much as $1,000 a week.

Step 4

Play in web tournaments. Online skill games often have entry fees and the winner of the skill game takes a portion of the fees. What distinguishes these games from gambling is that the winner is determined through skill, rather than luck.

Selling Characters

Step 1

Create an account for a game that you have no intention of playing. Many online games are so confident that players will love their games that they offer to pay the gamers cash if they wish to delete their account within a week of creating the character.

Step 2

Download and install the game client.

Step 3

Fill out the contact form on the game's website and explain that you are not interested in the game and that you would like to sell them your character.

Step 4

Provide your Paypal email in the contact form.

Step 5

Await a Paypal payment.

Social Networking Games

Step 1

Sign up for an account on Second Life.

Step 2

Create a character and design the character's appearance.

Step 3

You will receive a small number of linden dollars which are virtual currency. The value of 250 linden dollars equal 1 real US dollar.

Step 4

Create a club or work for a club. Players with good personalities and attractive characters can be paid to work at these clubs. Then, these clubs charge linden dollars for other players to come to them.

Step 5

Design content or construct real estate and sell it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Online games serve as a great way to have fun while earning a supplemental income, but few individuals can earn a full-time income from playing online games.