Earning a living by playing video games? It’s happening — if you’re good enough
Elliot Bastien Carroza-Oyarce never listened when people told him he was playing video games too much — and it paid off in the form of a full-time career. As a professional Super Smash Bros. player he does not just sit in basement all day. Instead, he gets to travel around the world playing in tournaments.
When 24-year-old Ben Zink moved to Los Angeles last March, he was hoping that he would be able to sustain himself and accomplish his major goal: moving out of his parent’s house. “I feel like I should be living on my own,” said Zink, who graduated from Grand Valley State University. “I know my parents do not mind, but I still feel bad just being here.”
Despite working as a production assistant at Helo Productions, cooking at Buffalo Wild Wings and interning at Therapy Studios, Zink ran through all of his savings in just three months in Los Angeles. “I moved home because I basically ran out of money,” Zink said. “I had less than $500 in my bank account and I needed some of it to even get back.”
But Zink’s not alone: 19 percent of college graduates find themselves living at home, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.