Teenage influensers make thousands from online gaming

Posted on: Sep 18, 2018 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

When the Irish teen Luke Fergie, who goes by the username iFerg, dropped out of high school, he had no idea what sort of career he’d pursue. All he knew was that he really loved playing Rules of Survival.

Today, iFerg has more than 150,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and has turned a hobby into a job, making sponsored videos for developers looking to promote their content to his followers. Fergie notes that he’s not only comfortable financially, he’s spending less time working than he would at a regular 9-5 job.

As Fergie told NBC News: “Sponsored videos seem to be the most financially beneficial for me. A YouTuber of my size with the average views I get receives something in the region of $300-$500 per integrated video and somewhere around $1,000-$1,500 for a dedicated video. I usually stream for two hours a day and then spend like 30 minutes to an hour recording/editing a video. I just play when I want to with friends to maintain gun skills and not become rusty. I know players that play 10 hours plus a day, but if you have a spare three hours a day that should be a good enough investment of time to grow.”

Fergie’s path isn’t the only one for gamers looking to monetize their passion, especially not if they are playing eSports, a burgeoning category that sees publishers forming official leagues (as well as attracting independent teams), hosting tournaments, live-streaming events, and partnering with major brands. Research firm NewZoo predicts the esports industry will be worth $905 million this year. Some put that figure even higher.

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