If you can find a novel way to make money in the competitive field of video games, more power to you. Tapping into an unclaimed niche market, women are now renting themselves out as teachers and coaches to help other women learn how to play – or improve their skills playing – Blizzard’s popular class-based shooter game, Overwatch.
Kotaku writer Cecilia D’Anastasio decided she wanted to find out more about the subject, so she did a little research. According to D’Anastasio, the website Fiverr.com is the best place to find these “game coaches.” Prices vary depending on the “plan” you chose, the hour, and the day.
The women in the business see their idea to play games for money with strangers as a no-brainer. “I have free time and I’m using it to game. So why not play and get paid for it?” Biu, a 25-year-old student in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil explained to Kotaku. Biu charges $5 to $15 depend on how long she’ll be playing.
Now, to be clear, they don’t come over to your house and play; they simply play online with you. They also provide companionship and emotional support through conversation or a listening ear.
So, is this a market that will grow and be around for awhile? Probably. Blizzard games are notoriously known as life suckers. Once you start playing, it’s hard to quit!
With player bases in Overwatch growing at an exponentially high rate, it makes sense that there will always be someone looking for these women’s services.
Keep in mind that these women aren’t just playing with other women. Plenty of guys use their services, too. What stereotypical nerd wouldn’t pay for a woman to cheer him on or to laugh at his jokes?
Reviews of this new service have been mixed. Some see it as a gimmick, but others say it really helped them with their self-esteem and game play.
Of course, guys have been doing this for awhile. One user who goes by the name “YOLO” said her boyfriend is the one who gave her the idea. He was already getting paid to play and coach and thought a “gamer girl” could make good money, too.
Looks like he was right.