50 Best Business Ideas For Gamers

50 Best Business Ideas For Gamers

Seeking to start a business for gamers but not quite sure what to start?

The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.

If you're looking to start your own business for gamers, there are several low-capital options you can choose from.

We put a list together below of the most profitable business ideas for gamers you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start a film production company ($18M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500,000/month
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Hope Horner from Los Angeles, California, USA started Lemonlight about 8 years ago, a film production company.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 75
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

I grew up in Johnson City, TN - a small town in the northeast corner of the state. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of moving to Los Angeles and starting my own business. When I was 18, I moved to LA to attend college and haven’t left yet.

I started my first business in 2008 when the startup culture was very limited in Los Angeles. Resources were scarce and it was difficult to learn how to start and run a company with no experience. Nonetheless, I trudged through the journey for a few years trying to figure it out. It was filled with some success and a lot of learning lessons, but ultimately, it didn’t end the way I had hoped. I spent a few more years working with startup companies and learning more about the landscape and how to hone my skills as a leader and entrepreneur.

In April of 2014, I started my second company, Lemonlight, out of a second bedroom with my two co-founders, Daniel Marlow, and Chad Rogers. Lemonlight’s mission was to offer small and medium-sized businesses access to high-quality, affordable video content that they could use to advertise their brand online.

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2. Start a video game modding business ($2.76M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$230,000/month
Skills

Kyle from Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, USA started Hand Held Legend over 8 years ago, a video game modding business.

  • Revenue: $230,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, USA

Case Study

Hand Held Legend was born while I was in graduate school for a degree in the medical profession. In order to effectively study, one needs an escape for the mind; I found my escape restoring old, broken and dilapidated Game Boys for about 3 years. Not only did I have fun repairing, but I also found that I could make a buck or two modifying and upgrading old consoles as not everyone can complete technical mods.

I started off Hand Held Legend in my graduate school apartment with an old kitchen table and a soldering iron. Initially, I was selling 1-2 modified consoles per week as I completed and listed them on eBay. Soon enough this became time intensive and I searched for a way to bring in revenue while still maintaining time to study. Surrounding student loan debt is a great motivator!

To that extent, I began to create our first product, an LED backlight for the original Game Boy. This was something I had seen done before and it was not a novel or propriety idea although I thought I could make one better and keep a portion of my cost of goods sold. Sales started slowly as we had zero brand awareness. I had to engage with the local online internet community of gaming obsessed nerds like me. Soon enough the word got out but we have gone on to sell over 25,000 backlight panels for the original game boy console alone.

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3. Start a blogging business ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $160,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio almost 4 years ago, a blogging business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Case Study

I am a licensed attorney in India and right after my master’s in law, I started working with a leading company as a lawyer. I worked there for about two years before I quit my job to become more location independent.

Choose a niche in whatever you start. It is critical for streamlining your efforts and make money.

My job paid me well but I worked 12 hours a day, I was exhausted by the end of each day, spent my weekends sleeping and I almost quit the things I liked to do - for example, sketching, yoga, traveling, etc.

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4. Start a gaming cafe business

Examples of a successful gaming cafe business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gaming cafe business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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5. Start a paintball game center business

Examples of a successful paintball game center business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paintball game center business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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6. Become a gaming content provider business

Examples of a successful gaming content provider business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gaming content provider business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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7. Start a gaming gadgets rental business

Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful gaming gadgets rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gaming gadgets rental business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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8. Start a video games competitions business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful video games competitions business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video games competitions business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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9. Start a rugby video games development business

Examples of a successful rugby video games development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a rugby video games development business:

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10. Start a skins' selling store business

Examples of a successful skins' selling store business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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11. Start a video games center business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful video games center business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video games center business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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12. Start a game development business ($24M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$25,000 — $2,000,000/month
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful game development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a game development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Jamey Stegmaier started Stonemaier Games, a game development business, over 9 years ago:

Case Study

Hi! I’m Jamey Stegmaier, and I run Stonemaier Games, a tabletop game company based in St. Louis. We publish strategy games like Wingspan, Scythe, and Viticulture.

Stonemaier Games started with a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 that raised $65,980, and in 2020 our annual revenue eclipsed $18 million. Our latest game, Red Rising, is shown here (photo credit: Tim Chuon).

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Jamey Stegmaier, on starting Stonemaier Games ($2,000,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a video game download website business

Examples of a successful video game download website business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video game download website business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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14. Become a professional gamer

Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 2 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Examples of a successful professional gamer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a professional gamer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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15. Start a shooting video games development business ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful shooting video games development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shooting video games development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Thomas Gullen started Scirra Ltd, a game developer, about 11 years ago:

Case Study

Hello everyone! My name is Thomas Gullen and I’m the co-founder of Construct 3 along with my brother Ashley. Construct 3 is a game engine that allows anyone to make games without needing to know how to code - “Powerpoint for games”. We feel a lot of other low-code/no-code engines slip into cookie-cutter-style game engines, and a primary focus for Construct has always been not to fall into this trap and allow users to have complete control over every aspect of their games. We’ve recently celebrated our 10 years anniversary of starting the business, and it’s a little unnerving how quickly that time has flown by looking back!

We’re currently generating in the region of $100k per month in revenue - a number if you’d told me and Ashley 10 years ago we’d be generating I don’t think either of us would've believed it. We’ve gone through some major transitions in the business, not only the technology choices but also how we charge customers (moving from a pay-once model to subscription-based) and we’ve learned a huge amount along the way which I’m happy to share. I’ve always thought the most important thing when running a business is to minimize the mistakes you could make, and looking back I feel like this is a pretty large part of why we are where we are today.

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Thomas Gullen, on starting Scirra Ltd ($100,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start an online simulation game

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $750/month
Skills

Examples of a successful online simulation game:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online simulation game:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Furkan Gözükara started Monster MMORPG, a online simulation game, almost 13 years ago:

Case Study

Hey, I am Furkan, and I am the only owner and developer of the browser-based creature hunting game Monster MMORPG.

Currently, MonsterMMORPG is generating about $200 per month from ads and a Patreon support system. Patreon’s support system brings players some cosmetic extras and somewhat faster progress. However, the game has been running on a single server since 2009.

Monster Dex page of Ancient class Monster Vesuverex

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Furkan Gözükara, on starting Monster MMORPG ($200/month) full story ➜

17. Start a video games rental service business

Examples of a successful video games rental service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video games rental service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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18. Start a video games repair shop business

Examples of a successful video games repair shop business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video games repair shop business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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19. Start a 3d gaming center business

Examples of a successful 3d gaming center business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3d gaming center business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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20. Start a video games importation business

Examples of a successful video games importation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video games importation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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21. Start an arcade game parlor business

Examples of a successful arcade game parlor business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a arcade game parlor business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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22. Start a soccer video games development business

Examples of a successful soccer video games development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a soccer video games development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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23. Start a game play testing business

Examples of a successful game play testing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a game play testing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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24. Start a games animation designing business

Examples of a successful games animation designing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a games animation designing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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25. Start a video game parlor business

Examples of a successful video game parlor business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video game parlor business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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26. Start a video games development business ($300K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$25,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful video games development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video games development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Abhinav Chokhavatia started Zatun, a game development business, almost 15 years ago:

Case Study

Hello all, my name is Abhinav Chokhavatia and I am the founder and CEO of Zatun.

Zatun is synonymous with quality within the games industry, and we have earned a loyal customer base.

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Abhinav Chokhavatia, on starting Zatun ($25,000/month) full story ➜

27. Start a vr gaming business

Examples of a successful vr gaming business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vr gaming business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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28. Start a video games franchise business

Examples of a successful video games franchise business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video games franchise business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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29. Start a basketball video games development business

Examples of a successful basketball video games development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a basketball video games development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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30. Start a gaming lounge business

Examples of a successful gaming lounge business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gaming lounge business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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31. Start a video games one-stop shop business

Examples of a successful video games one-stop shop business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video games one-stop shop business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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32. Become a video game seller

Examples of a successful video game seller:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video game seller:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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33. Start a tennis video games development business

Examples of a successful tennis video games development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tennis video games development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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34. Become a tutorial video creator ($540K/year)

Examples of a successful tutorial video creator:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tutorial video creator:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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35. Start a gaming app development business

Examples of a successful gaming app development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gaming app development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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36. Start a golf video games development business

Examples of a successful golf video games development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a golf video games development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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37. Start a video game reality show business

Examples of a successful video game reality show business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video game reality show business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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38. Start a car racing video games development business

Examples of a successful car racing video games development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a car racing video games development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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39. Start a video game tv/radio talk show business

How Much Can You Make?
$25,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful video game tv/radio talk show business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video game tv/radio talk show business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a video game tv/radio talk show business ➜

Barry McLaughlin started Barry & Jason Games and Entertainment, a game store, about 7 years ago:

Case Study

I am Barry McLaughlin, half of Barry and Jason Games & Entertainment. We make party games, host live game events, and are developing game shows.

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Barry McLaughlin, on starting Barry & Jason Games and Entertainment ($25,000/month) full story ➜

40. Start a boxing video games development business

Examples of a successful boxing video games development business:

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41. Start a gaming accessories store business

Examples of a successful gaming accessories store business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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42. Start a gaming tutorial business

Examples of a successful gaming tutorial business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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43. Start an online lottery business

Examples of a successful online lottery business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online lottery business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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44. Start a horse racing video games development business

Examples of a successful horse racing video games development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a horse racing video games development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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45. Start a standard betting system business

Examples of a successful standard betting system business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a standard betting system business:

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46. Start a laser tag game center business

Examples of a successful laser tag game center business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a laser tag game center business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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47. Start a bricks laying video game development business

Examples of a successful bricks laying video game development business:

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48. Start a wrestling video games development business

Examples of a successful wrestling video games development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wrestling video games development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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49. Start an online casino game business ($120K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $500,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful online casino game business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online casino game business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online casino game business ➜

Jan Kovac started Casino Guru, a affiliate marketing business, almost 7 years ago:

Case Study

Casino Guru is a website with information about anything related to online casinos.

Better have 2 times higher traffic monetized on 70% than 2 times lower-traffic monetized on 95%.

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Jan Kovac, on starting Casino Guru ($500,000/month) full story ➜

50. Start an online video gaming center business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful online video gaming center business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online video gaming center business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online video gaming center business ➜

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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