How much money would you pay to make a weapon in a game look cool? Some people pay up to 800 dollars. There is this game called Counter Strike Global Offensive where people actually buy colored "skins" for weapons so their weapons look cooler. There have been people that bought these skins for 800 dollars just because they want to show off. CSGO has its own market currency. Most skins you compare to "Keys". One key is worth 2.50 Dollars. If you are buying a skin with keys you evaluate how much the skins are worth and how many keys you use to buy it. You can also use steam wallet currency. Steam has its own little bank system where you can store money. The only thing you can spend the money on is games that use steam. So even if most people don't know it, the "gaming" community has a world of nerds with their own economy system.
The people reading this blog post are probably thinking to themselves that you cannot make any real money on games. I want to point out a guy who played a game called Entropia universe. In this game you build and explore online. This man built a castle where you can trade objects in the game. This castle was one of the first of its kind and it became so well known that the owner was making real money in it. Then he started to sell off parts his castle to other people, in total he made 650 thousand dollars. He made more than most Americans make in a year from a game! He still today makes 65 thousand dollars per year and he got recruited by a real life entrepreneur who is funding him to build another castle in this game.
Most people are probably feeling a bit dumbstruck right now. There are a big number of people who are working hard every day to afford the cost of cars, houses and more. Then there is a man, out of the blue, building houses in a virtual world who made over half a million dollars playing a game. Well, I know what I want to do when I grow up (not really :)).