You are about to learn how you can be paid to play online games and get started today with these 4 special tips!Let’s get one thing straight. You can get paid to play games online, but there are two ways to do it:1. Play in card games and tournaments and win prizes2. Test video games for game developersPlaying card games and winning prizes is pretty hard. It is not a safe way to get paid to play online games. Any site that tries to sell you a program like this is total scam.This article is about #2: testing video games and getting paid as a quality assurance (QA) game tester. You are going to learn 4 special tips to find and get hired for these jobs—and how you can start looking today!Also, the upward income of game testers who get paid to play online games is around $120 an hour. MMORPGs are a big deal. World of Warcraft has 8 million users. Shipping a game with bugs costs millions of dollars to recall and fix. Paying a professional game tester to play their game and find bugs saves them millions of dollars in costly recalls.Tip 1: Look where the action isMake a list of all the game developers you can (like Sega, Microsoft, EA, 2K sports etc) and bookmark their websites. Then, check them every few days and look for job postings. If you do this for a days or weeks, you should spot your first job opening soon enough. There are lots of games being made.Tip 2: Find out who is responsible for hiringGet the first and last name of the person in charge of hiring. You want to get to know this person on a semi-personal basis. Send him (or her) a personalized letter followed by a phone call. Remember you are there to test games. No education is required, but you must sell your ability to:1. Communicate clearly2. Spot details3. Play for long hoursTip 3: Offer to work for freeYou can get paid to play online games. In fact you can make a good living testing video games. But you need to start somewhere. If you offer to work for free you will have an easier time getting hired for your first job, especially when you have no experience.Do a good job and you will have a great addition for your resume. Plus you will have a great reference and a source for future work.Tip 4: Stand outSend them a unique letter. Mail an empty game case with a plastic bug in it. Put a note that says “Don’t let your name game get ruined by bugs, give me a call…” That would make them remember you!Now you know where to look, and how to get started. The only thing stopping you now is yourself. If you really want to get paid to play online games you will go out there and make it happen. Best of luck, and happy gaming.
When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.