Bitcoin and gaming go hand-in-hand these days, which creates a lot of new revenue stream opportunities for people who are heavily invested in playing video games. Now that Twitch.tv has integrated Bitcoin payments – either tips through ChangeTip or actual channel subscriptions in Bitcoin as well – the sky is the limit. But what about other gaming-related services?
Character Boosting For Bitcoin
If you have been around for a while in the video gaming industry, you will notice that a lot of people like to play video games but not all of them want to go through the tedious process of levelling [yet another] character to a certain level. This is especially common in online games and MMORPGs, such as League of Legends, Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft.
And this is where you could take advantage of “lazy” players, as most of them are often willing to pay you a small fee in exchange for levelling their character. Bitcoin creates an interesting opportunity this way, as it allows for instant transactions between player and service provider, without any of the risks of a chargeback that is associated with Skrill and Paypal payments.
While the prices have gone down for “power leveling” a character in any of the games above, as of late, it has also become a lot easier to get characters up to a certain level. For example, levelling a character from 1-70 in Diablo 3 shouldn’t take you more than a few hours to do, yet people are still willing to pay someone else to play their character for them during this process.
A few years ago, when I was doing some power levelling for World of Warcraft players (up to level 80 back then), I used to make about US$120 per character from 60-80, which would take less than a week to complete. I know that it can be done a lot faster now, but that was something I did outside of my regular day time job, so my daily playtime was quite limited.
Selling In-game Characters & Goods for Bitcoin
And there is a different in-game market you could benefit from, too. A lot of people want to play a game but get fed up trying to look for decent items after a while. This can occur either due to time constraints, a lack of interest or just general frustration. Instead of giving it yet another try themselves, they will pay people to get them the in-game item they want.
For example, let’s say you need a few billion gold in Diablo 3 – which, mind you, is easy enough to come by – but you do not feel like grinding the money yourself. Just pay a friend or someone reputable in Bitcoin to farm you the gold and be done with it. This is not the same as actual gold buying from gold sellers in these online games, as you are using your character to get the gold you need. Then again, Blizzard is not too keen on account sharing, so use this method at your risk.
The same goes for in-game characters. As I mentioned before, some people are just too lazy to level yet another character and will pay other people to do this for them. But there is also a market for people who want to buy a new game and instantly get a levelled – and geared – character, so they will look to buy a high-level toon from someone else.
And don’t be mistaken in thinking people aren’t willing to pay top dollar for such a character. Over the past few years, I have seen in-game characters sell for over US$1,000 each. Granted, that doesn’t happen very often but, if you enjoy playing video games, why not make a little bit of extra money from it?
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