Jon has been playing MMORPG's since 2004; starting with "World of Warcraft" and then branching into other MMO games.
Games that are worth a try.
There are a few games out there that offer you the chance of earning a little money while playing them. Some of them do not need any real money investments, while others require a certain amount of money to get to a point were you can start earning cash instead of spending it. I have recently taken an interest in these real cash economy games and below are the ones that I have been playing now for a while.
In all these games it is usually the early starters that are reaping the greatest benefits. So realistically, while you can earn some money playing them, that should not be the main reason as you will probably make more cash working a minimum wage job.
However, if you enjoy the game the chance to earn some real cash is a rather cool bonus. I have tried a few of these games, some of them are easy while others are really time consuming and hard. They come in all forms, browser based, classical MMO's, Java based and so forth.
Epic Museum is an incredibly simplistic game that offers some small compensation after several months of game play. The game centers on you upgrading and adding statues to your museum. You do so by collecting donation points and revenue each day. Each statue you have increases your revenue and as it grows you can get more money each day with a single click of a button. It should be noted that it will take a considerable time before you have a fully upgraded museum.
The source of income for the game seems to be advertisements on it's site as each visit generates income. Assuming that the total revenue from players does not exceed the total income from ads on the page there is no reason this game should go under.
If you want to try it out please use my referral key :
If you reach a level 2 museum I will receive 50 donation points. Please note that only one account is allowed per household.
Market glory is a free to play browser based trading game, which revolves on making as much money as possible. When you start out you have only two choices to make money, by fighting and working. There is a hard cap (10) on the number of fights you can do each day. You can also only work once every 24 hours. This means that you need some time to earn enough in-game money before you can start up you own company, unless you invest real cash in the game.
When you have your own company you can start making in-game money faster. How fast depends on the type of company, your location and the competition. To get products you need someone to work for your company, which is usually other players, that you pay for the work they perform.
As you progress you can start fighting other players for profit and partake in wars. Those activities are expensive, but at the same time potentially lucrative.
There are three in-game currencies, local currency (like the USD), gold, and euro. The euro can be traded for real euro's, while the gold can be used for global trading and the local currency for local trading. There is an fluctuating exchange rate between these currencies, with the euro being worth about 50 USD at the time this is written.
Personally I find this game a rather interesting hobby as it takes very little time from my daily schedule. If you think you would enjoy this game you should try it out. It's absolutely free to try.
Goal Tycoon is produced by the same people that made Market Glory. It is a browser based, free to play, real cash economy game, which launched 15. December. This game is essentially a football manager simulator. You control a team in your local league, you need to train the players, upgrade your buildings and get better trainers and youths which will later take over from current players. The season in Goal tycoon is roughly 30 days to complete, with a game played every day.
The finances are pretty straight forward. For each home-game you can sell tickets and you also earn for each game won. For each match you need to pay your teams salary and transport cost if it is playing an away game. Essentially a good team makes money and a bad team loses money. Like with all the other games there is a referral program.
It can be a clever choice to play both Goal Tycoon and Market glory as they are linked, both the markets and you can transfer funds between the games.
Entropia Universe is probably the most famous real cash economy games out there. It's been around for more that a decade and still going strong.
It is a sci-fi MMO that takes place on several planets. It's free to play, but to be able to do anything in the game you need to purchase in-game currency which is entropia dollars ( 10 ED = 1 USD). You can then use this money to purchase weapons, ammunition and armor and go hunt creatures, you can buy mining equiment and mine for resources, you can become a craftsman and many more.
However, it's worth a note that it is almost impossible to come out with a profit unless you invest heavily both time and money in this game. At starting levels you are almost guaranteed to lose money every time you go hunting or mining. As your skills increase these losses decrease but it is only at very high levels where this starts to turn around, and then only if you have the proper gear. Personally I like playing this game occasionally and then budget how much I spend each month ( 30 USD in my case). I find that is the only reasonable way to enjoy this game.
You can however invest in company stocks, purchase real estate, build up a network of contacts and trade your way into profits, this however requires extensive investments. In fact. this is the only game I know of were quite a few people make a really good living from the profits of the game, although I believe that they are the lucky few that were in the right place at the right time and were willing to take a risk.
Wurm Online is a MMO game produced by AB Code Club, which has a semblance of a real cash economy. It is a real sandbox fantasy MMO where the in-game currency is silver which can only be bought with real life currency or acquired from other players. This silver can then be sold for cash between players.
I mention this game as an afterthought as it does not support the sale of in-game currency. It is however not forbidden and there are several players that sell their silver coins for real euro's. As the game does not support the sale of silver they are usually handled over the forums and require a degree of trust. There are however several sellers of silver that have earned the trust of the player base.
Goldentowns is a rather new free to play browser based strategic game that focuses on building a city, producing resources, trading and war. You start of with a small town and need to upgrade roads and buildings to get a stronger economy, a happier populace, and higher level. The endgame of this is to be able to trade workers and resources and mine gold.
Gold is the currency in-game and can be traded for real cash. The total amount of gold is fixed at 100.000 pieces so each piece becomes more valuable as more people start playing the game. The game developers also claim that all the gold in-game is insured with real life gold that in increasing incrementally.
The game also allows you to purchase shares in towns, countries and the game itself for gold. As such there is a growing share market in the game. I've just started playing this game and haven't progressed far yet. So far I find it interesting and it fits into my daily routine as it's not time consuming.
© 2013 Jon Sigurdsson
Tell me if you have tried these games or know of any other games like this
Lartigue Thomas on June 04, 2015:
another game : farmsatoshi
Mutley on April 13, 2015:
Another great game I just stumbled upon is called Planet of Dreams. I found it about a month ago and in that little bit of time, I'm already doing much better than I have in the years of playing the others. If you decide to check it out, please use my user ID, 656. You will understand why once you get into game and start playing. Thanks in advance if you try it out. Here is the link :)
Boobsy on March 24, 2015:
Golden towns i a good one. started playing it. some players earn up to like 40-100€ each day!
check it out
michaelangelo1 on December 29, 2013:
This is really interesting thank you for sharing it. and you might want to check this too: 5 Tips How to Make Money by Doing What You Love
Takkhis on December 21, 2013:
At first, I want to thank you for bringing these games here together. Actually these are all new games for me :)
Psiron on December 15, 2013:
Hmm some interesting new games to look at I'm already in entropia Universe, but some of the others are new.
lizmilton on December 08, 2013:
This was all news to me - thank you for sharing :)