Normally, when we hear the word “gamer”, we picture a nerdy, antisocial kid who sits in front of a screen, playing video games all day. Their parents wish that these kids spent more time studying so they could secure a job in the future. In most cases they are right, because no one ever made A living playing video games, right? Nope, not anymore. Nowadays people who are really good at gaming can make it a viable career option, earning monthly salaries and with tournament winnings exceeding several hundred thousand dollars, it may actually be a better source of income than most “standard” jobs we are used to. Even though gaming is still far away from being recognized as a real sport, it is catching up, and it’s catching up faster than any other sport ever. With exponentially increasing prize pools, celebrity players who do endorsements and have fan clubs of their own, gaming is not to be taken lightly, it is a huge market with millions of players (There are more league of Legend players than people in France) and many opportunities to go big. Let’s take a look at ten individuals who defied common belief and went on to make a fortune by pursuing their passion. Here are 10 people who made fortune playing video games.
10. Damon “Karma” Barlow
Damon goes by the gamer alias “Karma” and is a Canadian competitive Call of Duty player and is one of those people who made fortune playing video games. He originally started off playing Call of Duty 4:Modern Warfare. Even though he was a talented young player, he went unnoticed for quite some time, until MLG Columbus where he placed 10th with team yunGunZ, during the Call of Duty Black Ops season.
His success story started during the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 season when he joined team Fariko Impact. Going into the MLG Winter Championship in Dallas Karma and his team demolished all competition to win the prize of $20,000.This success streak continued for the next three events, including the 2013 Call of Duty Championship where Karma’s team won the grand prize of $400,000.Next year, Karma’s new team Complexity Gaming won the 2014 Call of Duty Championship and thus he happens to be the only Call of Duty pro to have won back to back Call of Duty Championships.
During the period of 2011-2015 he managed to amass over $306,182.27 in prize money from 62 different tournaments making him one of the most recognized and one of the best Call of Duty pros out there.