Is Game Playing Considered a Real Job?

Twitch StreamThere are many people out there that don’t consider gaming as a real job. The term “professional gamer” could warrant scoffs from friends and family. However, there are many attributes that these people don’t take into consideration when laughing at those that love to play video games. Thanks to available technology, the views as to what makes a job “real” should be modified.

Paying for Entertainment

Millions of people watch football, baseball and soccer on a regular basis. Many people would call these sports “real jobs” without question. The players of these sports can make several million dollars per year simply by playing a game they love. What makes these players different from those who use a computer or game console as their field of play rather than grass? Is it the physical aspect of game play that makes it a real job, or is it the fact that a game is played in real life as opposed to the cyber universe?

If someone is willing to give you money for any particular skill or ability, it can then be considered a real job. Walmart will pay people to stack boxes or put items on a shelf. People pay money to have cooks grill burgers instead of cooking for themselves at home. Techs are paid to develop apps that can be used online as opposed to locally installed software. Are all of these real jobs? Yes, because there is a paycheck.

As I’ve said in a previous post, I enjoy the entertainment aspect of watching people play games on Twitch. While I do learn a few new tricks and what-nots from watching the game play, it’s the interaction I get from the player that makes the experience worthwhile. In this regard, watching someone play DayZ is far more rewarding than watching my favorite team win the World Series. For one, I can directly interact with the talent.

Streamers Are More of a Celebrity

Everyone has their favorite actor or actress. What would you give to have a cup of coffee with your favorite comedian or singer? Those that play games on Twitch should be more regarded as a celebrity than most of Hollywood. Why do I make that statement? Because streamers on Twitch are dedicated to playing for their fans whether they get paid or not. There is no guarantee that anyone will make money while playing games online. Most dedicated players hold certain schedules throughout the week for the pure love of the game and socializing. How many actors are willing to work without the guarantee of getting paid?

The next time you turn on your TV to watch your favorite show, realize that you are paying to watch that entertainment. Even if you don’t pay for cable or satellite services, you still bought the TV and pay for the electricity for that privilege. Before you troll Twitch streamers with statements of not having a real job, consider what Hollywood provides you in regards to entertainment and realize that you are placating to the very thing you’re protesting: paying to be entertained.

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Michael Brockbank

I have been playing games for more than 30 years. I wouldn't consider myself a hard-core gamer, but I have brought the pain in my day. Now that I am rounding the horn at 40, I still enjoy everything from booting up the old Commodore 64 to exploring new titles in Steam. You're never too old to enjoy a good plot and mind-numbing graphics.

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