Some people make money from gaming. There are gaming commentators on the web. Some play in tournaments. Others develop gaming apps. But what if you’re just some guy on your computer seat, and you’re not a pro gamer nor a programmer?
The Steam Community Market allows players to make money from gaming items. Since games are moving into the field of microtransactions (like Star Wars Battlefront 2) and less on subscriptions (like World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth), players have started trading lootboxes, cosmetic items, and gaming titles. The Steam Community Market allows players to post items and have them available for other Steam subscribers, where people may buy and sell items for real life money, which they can use for other games in the Steam service later on.
The Steam Community Market includes charts and graphs to facilitate the trading system in the app. This makes it a feasible platform for a kind of day-trading – except a “stock broker” becomes a “loot broker” (sort of). Since some free games sometimes give trading cards and other tradeables for free, an F2P gamer could still make a profit out of simply playing. That’s right: you get real-life money just for taking a stroll in Team Fortress 2.
The Steam app allows the player to list his/her items in an inventory page, and thus items for trade may be listed, and not just from Team Fortress 2 – in the above picture, we see that the inventory is now decorated with a couple dozen other games. The Steam app includes its own Steam Wallet functionality, allowing the user to accumulate profits without withdrawing.
All of this shows that gaming is not just a hobby. It can also be a business.