The video games and streaming sectors are having an unprecedented time, with massive increase in engagement during lockdown as gaming became a great way to safely connect with others while staying distanced. It’s high time to start making money from doing the thing you love.
Whether you are a streamer, an enthusiastic viewer or an avid esports player, we got you covered. In this article, we’ll talk about the 10 best tools to help you make money streaming games, watching games and playing games.
Get ready to have fun, while earning along the way!
According to Twitchtracker, in 2020, there are almost 6.9 million monthly streamers on Twitch. However, there are only 45 thousand Twitch partners, which translates to a trivial 0.6% broadcasters being able to live off streaming. For the majority of streamers out there, it’s a tough game putting bread on the table.
The key to monetize content is to diversify your revenue streams. Since it takes a long list of requirements to be eligible for Twitch/Youtube Partner, content creators often turn to fans donations, sponsorships, and selling customized merchandise. While these methods help bring home more dollars, it hurts the quality of the stream. Good news is, we have 6 great tools that helps you monetize your stream while increasing viewer interaction. Take a look!
Gimbl.gg is a fully automated engagement and monetization platform that brings real-world gamer interactions into the streaming world. On Gimbl, streamers can receive in-game challenges (such as Win the game, X Headshots, X Maximum deaths, etc.) from the audience during the stream. The challenges come with donations that are only received if the challenge is completed, otherwise the viewer keeps their money. The app has a robust challenge engine that automatically detects in-game events.
Gimbl gives a meaning to audience’s donations and helps streamers monetize their content in a way that doesn’t break the integrity of their content. Similar platforms exist but Gimbl stands out by offering AAA titles such as League of Legends, Dota 2, Overwatch, Fortnite, Apex Legends and Valorant. The platform charges a commission fee of 18% on successfully achieved challenges only.
Dixper Studio enables Twitch streamers to interact with their audience and monetize their streams by selling real-time interactions called Skills. Streamers can choose their favorite Skills, create their own collections, sell them in Crates, set the price and quantity that best suits their stream. Viewers can buy Skills to support their favorite streamer’s channel while having fun in that stream. In-game trolls, pop-up scares, and visual modifications to the stream are some examples.
Dixper charges a commission fee of 30%.
Similar to Dixper, Streamloots is a marketplace to buy real-time interactions with live streamers. Viewers have various options from choosing the character the streamer is going to play with, displaying a message on screen or making the streamer drop the guns in the game, to making them sing or dress up as a dinosaur. Everything is possible because every streamer defines the type of interactions they want to have with their viewers!
Streamloots works with any streaming platform. Payment-wise, Streamloots will keep a 20% commission fee.
Challenge.live is a platform dedicated to Russian market. The concept of Challenges on Challenge.live is similar to that of Gimbl.gg. However, when the streamer has successfully completed the challenge, viewers have to confirm or reject it. If the streamer did not cope with the challenge, viewers can still send him a reward or recognize the challenge as a failure to get back the fund. As the detection system is not automatic, in case of disagreement (for example the streamer believes that he completed the challenge, but the viewer does not agree), the client support staff will resolve the conflict.
StreamAid helps grow community and revenue with 3 features: Missions, Scenes and Listings.
Missions allow viewers to send streamers on-stream challenges to complete for money. Viewers can send missions for anything they can come up with, but the streamer will decide to accept them or not. Scenes are text-to-speech animated alerts that StreamAid designs and releases regularly to bring more fun when viewers donate. Listings are engaging offers that viewers can purchase. It can be anything streamers want to offer that fits their stream style and viewers interests: play a game together, 1v1 you in Fortnite, game coaching, sing happy birthday or maybe a fitness challenge.
For Listings you keep 100% of the revenue. For Missions and Scenes you keep 90% to 95% of the revenue.
Dare Drop is a place where viewers can create Dares which are challenges or requests to their streamer in exchange for money. As a streamer, you can get more of your audience involved to crowdfund those Dares too. Once you’ve accepted and completed a Dare you will get paid.
Dare Drop takes a 10% transaction fee.
It’s not only content creators who can earn money. As a viewer, you have the platforms to show off your skills to earn rewards too. While these tools are primarily targeted at viewers, streamers are the core of the platforms as they provide the content, and therefore would also be paid. However, it’s not disclosed how much content creators will earn on the websites. For those who are streamers, feel free to shoot them a DM if you are interested!
Azarus is a quiz system, based on previous streamer’s games. Viewers watch Azarus-enabled streams, answer questions to earn credits and redeem their credits for in-game rewards. The platform supports Rainbow Six, For Honor, World of Tanks, and Assassins Creed.
Madskil is a social game that gamifies livestreams. Viewers get to play and predict what will happen in the stream while competing with other viewers in the creator community. Viewers can collect special items, compete in tournaments, progress through levels, and rank up in leaderboards while representing their favorite content creators.
Currently, Madskil supports Fortnite, League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
FOR ESPORTS PLAYERS
As an esports player, you can join Gamebuddy or G-loot to challenge your own skill set and get rewarded upon accomplishment. The 2 platforms often organize micro tournaments where anyone can join and earn money from the games they love.
Gamebuddy has 2 features, the first one being Interactive Esports where viewers can participate in a round-based voting system for the next live-challenge to compete. The overlay, which is provided in a different application, shows what the current challenge is and what the standings are. Winning challenges will give your team extra points to advance out of the group stage.
The other feature is Duo Finder, which helps you find the perfect teammate for your favourite game. To do so the app uses your way of playing the game to find the best fitting teammates for you.
G-loot is a Sweden esports company specialized in offering skill-based challenges and community competitions that are open to players at all levels, without the need for qualifiers or shared servers. G-Loot players can earn money by several ways:
- Completing challenges against themselves
- Getting a high score in challenges against others
- Ranking highly on leaderboards
Some challenges have an entry fee while others are free to play.