These days, playing video games is not just a hobby if you know the right path of transforming it into a career. You can get as rich as some celebrity or international sports player representing a country. Nick Overton, a 27-year old guy from Iowa seems to be living the dream life of gamers.
He is a Fortnite player with username ‘Immarksman’ and works for the professional esports team Counter Logic Gaming. He is already making between $300,000 and $500,000 a year.
He wakes up at around 9 am, discusses plans with the team and gets to work on a YouTube video. After finishing the YouTube video by 3 pm, he gets ready to stream from 5 pm to 10 pm. “I don’t go out with friends ever,” Nick says. “I’m streaming every day. If there is a Fortnite update, the day is even longer.
How it started
When he was 14, he decided to get serious with gaming. He got a job and brought an Xbox himself. His father was not happy. “The best advice he gave me is, if you’re going to do this, you need to find a way to make money from it” he said.
He recently shared his income sources with Yahoo Finance and said: “Most people are used to working a job, getting a paycheck. With live streaming and YouTube, it’s much more complex.” Most YouTube gamers will be partnered with a Multi-Channel Network (MCN) that act as their agents and tell them what to do to make their money.
According to Nick and MCNs are a great source of income. They will act like “‘We have, you know, 10,000 creators that get this many views per month.’ And YouTube says, ‘All right, we’ll find ads for them.’ They take a percentage of that advertisement… They give a percentage to the network, and the network pays you a percentage based on your contract.”
Talking about Twitch he said: “On Twitch, a lot of the revenue that you make is usually through the people watching you. People will tip you $2, or $3, or they subscribe, similar to like an old-fashioned magazine subscription. Twitch charges them for the subscription, $5 a month on average. The creator of the streamer gets a percentage of that. Twitch gets a percentage of that. And, in return, they get access to some extra benefits in the stream, and they also get some extra benefits sometimes from the streamer themselves. They might have like a day where they play with fans.”
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