Most of the times we do not choose gaming as a profession for the sole reason that we cannot earn money with it. However, here is a list of all the methods with which you can earn an income with Dota 2.
1. Organise Dota 2 Tournament
If you are well known in a community and can gather good amounts of teams and have a good organisational setup, you can earn real good money in just seven to 10 days.
If you are new in this thing, it can take you lots of time to get yourself recognised in Dota 2 community. Moreover, it requires quite some time, dedication, experience and above all a good organisational team to complete a tournament successfully.
2. Earn from Dota 2 Workshop
If you are good in 3D software and have some sound imagination, you can really rock and earn almost USD 15,000 (approximately RM 62,000) per year from Dota 2 workshop items.
Valve gives you 25 % share, that means if your item is sold for RM 10, you will get 2.5 % for it. So, if you sold 100 items, total amount will be RM 1000 and you will get RM 250. But when getting this money out to your bank, you will have to pay additional 30% tax (the amount may vary). Out of RM 250 you’ll get RM 175 in your account. For sale of an item for RM 1000, you get RM 175. Valve gets RM 750 and RM government gets RM 75.
So, it’s totally up to you what and how much you want to earn. Most of the times, its you who has to advertise that item too to get it in-game and to get more sales. Valve / steam only promotes if you make some extremely high-end product. For rest of the items, it’s you who has to promote product yourself.
Once your items are sold in steam community market, you don’t get any margin out of it. So, it means, you’ll get payment for your hard work just for once and that too small share.
3. Sell Dota 2 Cosmetic Items for Real Money
You don’t have to spend a big amount, you can start low and then go on.
Almost 1 year ago, once you used to get items drops which were marketable and trade-able, you could sell those in steam community market or to someone who was willing to buy it from you personally to earn some steam wallet or real money. But now that option is over. But now, first of all, item drop rate has reduced many folds. Secondly, you get items which are not trade-able, not marketable and can only be gifted once. So, if you get trash items, you can only give them away or delete it. Almost no use of it.
Getting trade-able items for free dream is almost over. You can only get such items via betting. See next option.
Many chances of scam are possible from both buyer and seller sides. However you can use LootMarket to sell your items and then get the real cash to your online money accounts.
4. Betting on Dota 2 Pro Matches
You can win lots of good items if you know about Dota 2 Pro team’s performance history.
You’ll need a little investment of items to decently with bets.
There are also great chances of loosing your bet and hence your items investment. So, whatever you do, play and plan carefully.
5. Win Dota 2 Tournaments
Most easy way to become a millionaire. Once you win a major tournament, there are many many chances that you will clean sweep in small tournaments.
You cannot start alone in this. You need to have a great team and teamplay.
Your game must be awesome so you can actually beat the legends.
If you are mediocre in game, then there is almost no chance of earning big, however you can still participate in Amateur tournaments and win different amount of prizes.
6. Develop Custom Games for Dota 2
If you know coding and specially Dota 2 related coding and you have some awesome ideas for custom game, you can develop a custom game, make it so awesome that it gets to the top and then you can start earning real money once steam releases a pass for your game.
You cannot use this money making method if you don’t know coding.
Your game must be fun to play and absolutely bug free if you want to develop a good fan base.
You must have advertising skills or advertising budget to promote your custom game to get more fans and players to climb the ladder of success.
7. Earn by Live Streaming Dota 2 Gameplay
You can earn money while having fun playing Dota 2. Once you become famous, you can earn good amount of money.
This method cannot make you a millionaire in a night. Most of top streamers earn up to USD 100 to USD 150 (approximately RM 400 to RM 600) per stream on peak days. But still there are some who earn some real amount of cash just from Live Streaming Dota 2 games.
If your game is normal and you are not that much entertaining, then there is almost no use of streaming your game live, as there are very less chances that people will watch your game.
8. Cast in Dota 2 Tournaments
Have fun watching the game and earn money for commenting on it.
Same problems as in live streaming, you need to be entertaining and your analysis must be up to date and great.
You cannot be hired directly by top tier tournament organizers, you must be someone in casting scene before you can hope that you’ll e hired. However you can start from small tournament, learn the art of casting Dota 2 tournament and then climb your ladder up to success as you gain experience.