If you’re a fan of this popular esports title, you’ll be happy to know there are multiple ways you can make money playing Apex Legends: Joining an esports team, creating content on Youtube, or being a streamer.
Developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, Apex Legends is one of the most played games on Steam, boasting the fourth-highest concurrent players on the platform (behind CS:GO, Dota 2 & PUBG). It’s a free-to-play, class-based, first-person shooter, and battle royale game where legendary characters team up to battle for glory, fame, and fortune on the fringes of the Frontier. You play in a squad of 3 against 19 other trios (60 players in total). The goal is to survive until the end.
If it tickles your fancy, you’ll be happy to know you can earn money playing Apex Legends. In this article, we’ll unveil the various ways you can get paid for playing the game you love while having tons of fun along the way.
Here’s a sneak peek into the monetization methods we’re going to covered in this article:
- Joining an esports team
- Creating content on Youtube
- Being a streamer
Joining an esports team & become a professional player
Probably the biggest way for you to make money playing Apex Legends is to become a professional player who takes gaming as a full-time job. As a pro player, you can earn money by winning prize money, getting a salary from the management team, making an appearance at gaming events & conventions, or getting sponsorships from brands.
For Apex Legends, we have ALGS, which is the most significant global competition for this esports title with a prize pool of $750,000 (Winter Circuit). To enter ALGS, you need to have a full team with all members reaching Gold IV or higher in Ranked Series 2.
On average, professional gamers earn between $1,000 and $5,000 per month, or between $12,000 and $60,000 per year. The salary will vary upon several factors: the game they play, the level of skill, the number of major tournaments they win, and the number of sponsors they have.
While the prospect of money and fame sounds tempting, being a pro is an incredibly competitive path, which entails dedication and sacrifice. One has to be at the very top of his/her game to make it to this elite level. Pro gamers often start off in amateur tournaments, work their way up the higher rankings of the game to make a name for themselves. That way, you can easily find a spot on an amateur team, which can serve as a great momentum to a pro gaming organization.
To start playing professionally, first, you can join community-run Apex Legends esports tournaments. Here are some websites where you can find Apex Legends tournaments:
Creating a Youtube gaming channel
To be completely honest, chances are you’ll have better luck and even make money more easily pursue a career as a non-competitive streamer. And becoming a Youtuber specializing in gaming content is an excellent option, seeing how robust is the platform’s growth within the gaming community. In 2020, there were over 100 billion hours of gaming content watched on Youtube. To put that in perspective, it’s like traveling to Neptune and back 475,000 times!
You can earn money through multiple ways on Youtube, such as YouTube Ad Revenue, Sponsored videos, Donations (via Patreon), Selling merchandise, and Affiliate marketing. To give you a sense of how much Youtubers are making, here are some stats:
- Google pays out 68% of their AdSense revenue, so for every $100 an advertiser pays, Google pays $68 to the publisher.
- An advertiser would usually pay between $0.10 to $0.30 for each view, meaning $0.18 per view on average.
- On average, a YouTube channel can receive $18 per 1,000 ad views. This translates to $3 – $5 per 1000 video views.
You can type in several Youtube channels on SocialBlade to get an estimate of their Youtube revenue.
As a content creator, your job is to create videos that resonate with the gaming community. The content can be anything of your expertise: game tutorials, games and gaming equipment review, game walkthrough, funny/epic gaming moments compilations, streaming setups, etc. You can be as creative as you want and come up with unique formats like opinion-based roundtable discussions or a series of interviews with high-profile players. It all comes down to the assets you’re having, whether it’s your analytical skills, camera charm, or network with people in the industry.
Before stepping into Youtube, you need to draft a “business plan”, starting with knowing your niche, developing your voice, and determining your value proposition to establish a foothold in the world’s 2nd biggest search engine. Success on Youtube is not about luck. It’s about well-directed efforts and hard work.
Becoming an Apex Legends streamer
If you are addicted to gaming, you have unique charisma, a combination of business knack and entertaining skills, congrats: you are qualified to be the next great streamer.
As a streamer, your main job is to broadcast your gameplay to online audiences and grow a community of your own. Once your viewer base is big enough, you can monetize your content through fans’ subscriptions, donations, advertisements, brand sponsorships, affiliate marketing, and so on. It’s important to be aware that on Twitch, the platform takes a cut of 50% from your earnings. With subscriptions starting at $4.99/sub, you will need more than 40 subscribers to earn $100.
With Apex Legends’ skyrocketing popularity, this game has a massive streamer base. Some of the best Apex streamers are Shroud (9.2M followers), Alinity (1.3M followers), and TSM_ImperialHal (665K followers). A conservative estimate would suggest that Shroud would make roughly from his subs on Twitch, although this could be much higher depending on the revenue split he had with the company. This figure does not include donations, ads, and sponsorships. Added up together, the number could easily go beyond $100,000 a month.
The good news about streaming is the entry barrier is actually low. All you need is a decent computer, a personality people want to enjoy, and some streaming software. While having top-notch skills in the game you stream is definitely an advantage, it’s not a must. For the most part, viewers tune in seeking entertainment and connection with the streamer.
It’s always helpful to have some streaming tools in place to help you increase the stream’s dynamic. For example, Gimbl allows your audience to predict your game’s specific outcomes by staking Golds through the Twitch extension. Upon their correct guesses, they will get a proportionate share of the total Gold pool to redeem amazing loots. And if you want to spice up the stream, you can activate the Challenges mode, where viewers can give you in-game challenges in exchange for a conditional donation unlocked upon challenge success.
You can watch this short tutorial to make sure you install the extension properly on Twitch.
If you want to forge ahead with a career in streaming, make sure to check out our other #streaming101 articles (It’ll save you lots of time browsing the internet, we promise). Some insightful pieces of advice that our readers enjoy are:
Making money from playing Apex Legends is either be the best gamer or create content on the internet people want to watch and pay for. Gaming is fun when it’s a hobby. When that hobby turns into a job, it requires all the seriousness and dedication to succeed, just like everything else. Hopefully, this brings you some ideas to monetize your passion. If you’d like to get in touch with us, feel free to join our Discord anytime.
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