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Business Insider is Hiring Writers Who Love Video Games

May 28, 2015
by Kristen Pope
Contributor

Are you obsessed with video games? Do you spend your free time playing video games, dreaming about them and even designing your ideal game?

If that sounds like you, and you’ve got solid writing skills, Business Insider has a couple of cool opportunities. The business, tech and news site is hiring for its new video-game team, including a Video Game Intern and a designated Video Game Reporter.

Want to know what it takes to get paid to write about video games all day? Here’s what you need to know about these jobs.

Video Game Intern

“Do you have strong opinions on Nintendo getting into mobile games? Did you spend last Thanksgiving trying to persuade your family to play ‘Papers, Please?’ Do you consider /r/gaming a second home?” asks the job description.

If you’re just getting started in the working world but are passionate and knowledgeable about gaming, this internship could be for you. BI wants someone who will stay on top of current events and breaking news in the video game world — and yes, you’ll get paid. If you’re always on top of trends in gaming, including what people are playing and talking about, consider applying for this gig.

In addition to being truly obsessed with video games, you’ll need to have strong writing and copyediting skills. You’re not just going to be learning about games; you’ll be expected to research developments and convey your knowledge to readers. If you can delve into a story, investigate all the intricate details and truly make the story your own before sharing it with an audience, consider applying for this position.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter explaining “what excites you about video games” through the company’s application system. There’s no closing date listed on the application, but apply soon for the best shot at this awesome gig.

And no, you won’t wind up making copies and fetching coffee. BI prides itself on giving interns substantial and meaningful work, including researching, writing and working on feature stories. The company also notes that many of their staff members began as interns with the company. Their New York City office boasts free food and even a ping-pong table.

Video Game Reporter

Further along in your writing career, but still interested in a gaming-focused role? BI is also hiring a full-time Video Game Reporter.

You should be fascinated with all aspects of gaming and gaming culture, and have substantial writing experience. You’ll need to be knowledgeable about the video-game industry, as well as existing and emerging trends in the gaming world.

Since this is a reporting-focused job, you should have great writing and copyediting skills. To be a competitive applicant, you should have experience writing for mainstream publications and be able to take ownership of a topic and craft a quality story. You’ll need to be able to effectively communicate the latest news about the gaming industry to an audience that may be not be nearly as familiar with gaming as you.

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter. Be sure to discuss what excites you about video games. There’s no deadline, but competition is likely to be stiff, so get your application in as quickly as possible. This position comes with a competitive salary and benefits, and is based out of BI’s New York City office — so yes, you’d get the free food and ping-pong table, too.

Other Ways to Make Money with Gaming

Not big on writing? You can still earn a full-time or part-time income in the gaming industry. Here are a couple of other ideas:

Play Video GamesFor many video game lovers, playing games all day long would be the ultimate dream job. Some professional gamers earn six figures, free housing and other living expenses by playing games such as League of Legends. Some gaming competitions even offer $1 million top prizes for winners.

Teach Video-Game Lessons

Another way to pad your wallet while playing games is to teach video game lessons. This full-time or part-time business can be quite profitable. One professional video-game player, Tom Taylor, started a website to allow pros to tutor students on playing techniques. He charges up to $65 an hour for coaching, which he does remotely via phone or video game headset.

Get Paid to Buy Video Games

When stores sell M-rated video games, they are required to check a purchaser’s ID and make sure they are of legal age to make the purchase. Retailers often hire teens as auditors (through third-party companies), and the teens then go around buying video games to see if they’re actually carded. It’s mystery shopping, with a focus on video-game sales.

For this gig, teens must visit stores with a parent. So this could be a great way for teen-parent combos who love video games to spend some time together and make a little extra cash on the side.

Your Turn: Will you apply for one of these video-game writing jobs? Or have you made money from video games in another way?

Kristen Pope is a freelance writer and editor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

by Kristen Pope
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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