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How to Make Money with Online Games

Jul 16, 2008
When people think of making money online, they usually think of doing some kind of hard or at least repetitive work, which involves writing content or using intense mental power. Surprisingly, people have found ways to make incredible sums of money just by utilizing Internet games in unique and interesting ways. Some entrepreneurs even make livings by playing games, or running businesses that focus on a particular game in some fashion.

Many online games, such as World of Warcraft, have in game currencies. Being that it can be relatively hard to acquire large amounts of these currencies, businesses have sprung up that sell them. It is easy to find a multitude of websites selling WoW gold for ridiculous prices. How these businesses acquire so much gold is a mystery, but if one can discover how to do it, they can set up their own business. The only problem is that it is against the Terms of Service for players to buy and sell gold using real currency, so sales must be made discreetly.

Since it is not actually illegal under government law to do this, businesses do not have a problem going through with transactions. If a game administrator discovers a sale, they can penalize the player and take away their gold, but the business, since they use a variety of accounts, escapes any penalty at all.

In the case that you need to buy currency through a business, there are a couple of things that you need to look out for (and if you are starting your own business, make sure you abide by these rules). Make sure that the websites have one, preferably multiple, seals of approval. Seals like these ensure that the business you are dealing with is reputable and trustworthy, and they also enhance a website's graphical appeal extensively. Some seals are given out by private companies to businesses that they personally review, and some, like Hackersafe, can be purchased for a monthly fee.

Special seals, which users can click on and then submit feedback about a business to a third party website, are frequently used as well. The feedback culminates in to a score that is easily readable and understandable by anybody who views it. Payment methods are also of great importance when it comes to purchasing any kind of game currency. The majority of businesses take PayPal, which is good not only because it is by far the most widely used payment processor, but also since you can see the feedback rating and age of the account.

The feedback rating is the number of verified accounts that have sent money to that account, and the age is how long the account has been active. High numbers in both areas signify a strong and dependable business. If you are starting your own business and have not had PayPal for that long, it may be a little more difficult to establish trust.

Launching your own business can be inefficient in some cases, so it may be best to just work freelance. In nearly all multiplayer games, players can make their characters stronger by leveling them up, which can be a tedious task. Some people are willing to pay to have other people work on their characters for them, and if you have the time to do so, it is quite an easy way to make money.
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