How to make real money playing Dota 2

Wings Gaming won the Dota 2 International 2016 yesterday, and were awarded the largest eSports payout in history with a team total of $9,139,002. It means every team member can earn over $1.8 million from the tournament.


In general, most people are not allowed to become a professional eSports player, so it is impossible to directly earn from Dota 2. However, there are multiple other methods to gain real money from the game.


1.Power leveling

Dota 2 includes a matchmaking system, which is measured by a numerical value known as “matchmaking rating” (MMR). A higher MMR allows gamers to experience the higher quality game and just the vanity. Therefore, power leveling is a good way to monetize if you are really good at Dota 2 and have enough skills to boost MMR.


The price of power leveling depends on which range the account’s MMR located in. For example, someone wants to increase solo MMR from 3500 to 4000 or from 5000 to 5500; the average service fee is totally different. Usually, a full time power leveler with high win rate in ranked matches can earn more than $50 per day.


2.Trading and betting cosmetic items

The old method is to sell your cosmetic items which come from free drops through playing the game. Now the item drop system has changed, and dropped items are no longer tradable. You have to buy some items with the potential value instead of investing nothing.


Then you need to make good use of some sites (Steam Market, Dota 2 Lounge) via trading or betting to obtain more high value items. At last, you may sell them to local gamer or just online. Keep in mind that many chances of scam are possible from both buyer and seller sides.


3.Live streaming

Live streaming is a popular and profitable way to make money while having fun playing Dota. The famous live streaming video platform is Twitch TV, and lots of top streamers can earn over $100 per stream. You can also combine advertising, sponsorship, donation etc. to expand earnings.


It sounds great, but the premise is passionate fan bases. Finding new fans and keeping current subscribers is a pretty time consuming process. But girls have the biggest advantage in this field as long as you just turn on the camera while casting.


Tips: It’s a good alternative to consider other platforms, like Youtube Gaming, Douyu TV, Azubu etc.


4.Making cosmetic items

You can make cosmetic items and submit those to Dota 2 Workshop, if you are really creative and have a bit of knowledge in graphic design. Once your designs are selected and added to the Dota 2 store, you will earn a fair percentage of profits from each sale.


Sometimes, the passive income you can earn up to $15,000 per year from your works.


5.Making custom games for Dota 2

Custom Games are new experiences that are created by the community, and playable within Dota 2. Custom Games Passes will be limited to a small number of high-quality games that have established themselves in the community. Purchasing a pass directly supports the creators of the custom game as well as granting user extra features for that game.


If you are a programmer and glad to develop your own game within Dota 2, you can start now and monetize once your game is release a pass.



You can get paid for creating Dota 2 videos via the Youtube partner program and similar programs on other video sharing sites. Jungle guides, Rampage moments, silly builds, Treasure opening are all good topics for your channel. Also, it is encouraged to learn the video production tool, like Adobe Premiere.


If you’re already making money with ads on your Dota 2 videos and have an established audience you could look into: fan funding, sponsorship, merchandising, and events to increase your income.



Dota 2 is a really good niche for a website to monetize. DotaBuff, Dota 2 Wiki, Dota 2 Lounge are excellent examples for those who knows coding. If you are not tech-savvy, building a WordPress site with your creative content is also a smart choice.


A website is flexible for you to select profitable ways to generate revenue except advertising. For example: affiliate programs, data monetization, paid membership programs, donations and so on.



Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, so it is smart to combine some or all methods listed above to make real money with Dota 2.


Monetize Dota, best Dota!

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