The market for the sale of items and ready-made characters from online games has a minimum of requirements for beginners and is not regulated by the state in any way. The owner of one of the gaming exchanges told Gazeta.Ru which games are better to start with, how much such “work” can bring in money every month, and whether new sanctions against Russia will interfere with earnings.

What is the Game Value Market?

RMT Market Real Money Trade], that is, the resale of items from online games for real money, developed in Russia from “browser” games, in which it was possible to buy items for money within the developer system, and computer clubs, in which players actively upgraded their characters for sales in the secondary market.

For real money in games, you can enhance your character: buy armor, weapons, elixirs, level up. All this gives an advantage over other players.

As Alexander Gubarev, the owner of the paygame.ru gaming exchange for services and items, told Gazeta.Ru, at the dawn of the Russian RMT market, some characters were valued at $150-200 thousand, and a good apartment in Moscow then cost $70-80 thousand.

“Game developers received a huge influx of money by selling ordinary “pixels” – items that they themselves invent, draw and sell themselves,” Gubarev said, speaking about the official market.

Making money in online games is a process of “farming”.

Players deliberately repeat the same actions. For example, they kill the same type of opponents to constantly gain experience (leveling the character) or go through difficult story missions to get more valuable rewards, such as weapons, armor, etc.

The main goal of the “farmer” is to sell what he received as expensive as possible. He can also receive in-game currency and use it to buy artifacts, characters, and rare items. All this can also be resold later. There are also groups of “farmers”.

Potential buyers are looked for in game chats (like Discord), social networks (like VK) and on thematic forums. There are also specialized online platforms specifically for RMT.

It is even easier to find people on them who are ready to give rubles for a pumped character, a rare reward, gold or an account. Typically, such “marketplaces” take a commission for the operation, guaranteeing the security of transactions. The most popular sites: XEIN, CATPAY, FunPay, PayGame, KiberLot.

Where is the easiest place to make money?

Mobile games are considered the best choice for initial earnings.

“These are Genshin Impact, Raid: Shadow Legends, Lineage M. There you can understand what games are, what you can earn money on, and get used to simple mechanics,” Gubarev explained.

However, if the gamer is already familiar with Lineage, WoW (World of Warcraft), ArcheAge, Perfect World, EVE, Path of Exile and other MMO [massively multiplayer online games. – approx. ed.], then it is definitely worth returning to them first of all, the head of paygame.ru advised.

It is worth getting acquaintances in the game and gradually forming a team that will work together for a common goal – making money in online games.

According to Gubarev, it is gradually possible to go with this team of acquaintances to new games. One of these in 2021 was New World, where the main professional traders moved, the expert noted.

Tips before starting

Without any experience in games, it will be quite difficult to start earning money, Gubarev is sure. There are two reasons, he says.

The first is the mode when a person becomes the master of his time, is not suitable for everyone and can relax at the very beginning.

“As soon as a person decides to go into the RMT market and trade, he gets on thin ice – games can be addictive, distract from the main goal – from making money, and completely destroy a person’s personal life. You have to be careful here,” the speaker warned.

And the second reason is a misunderstanding of how the game works. According to experts, professional earnings on games are not only excellent knowledge of the game, but also discipline and flexible thinking, sharpened for earnings.

“You must not be a gambler, clearly understand that you came into the game to earn money, set goals for yourself and achieve them,” Gubarev added.

According to the expert, it will be difficult, and sometimes impossible, to combine work in the office and such earnings on games.

“This is a full-time job that requires focus and knowledge of your business. This is work with clients, communication, market intelligence, wrapped in a game process,” he stated.

How much can you earn?

In some regions, trading in games brings in two to three times the average salary.

“I have friends who earn from 300 to 400 thousand rubles. monthly. Of course, they have the infrastructure, team and regular customers for this,” the specialist noted.

There are two main types of traders: amateurs who do it for the soul, and professionals who have ready-made teams with expert players. Such teams “farm” [get game values] for 18-20 hours a day.

A novice player who wants to start making money needs to learn the game and the trading system, Gubarev explained. In some cases, gamers already in two months reach a profit that replaces the salary at their main job.

“But it’s still worth focusing on 20-30 thousand rubles. per month for amateur start. Time spent on familiarization – three hours a day will be enough when you move to the trading phase, these are the same 3-4 hours of effective time in the game, ”the expert said.

The average player in Lineage 2 can earn about 40 thousand rubles. per month. The time cost for such an amount is approximately six hours a day for a month.

Among the professionals in RMT there are resellers who live on the difference between buying and selling.

A professional dealer turns 3-4 million rubles. per month, with a margin of about 10%.

The best moment to start

According to the head of paygame.ru, the Russian RMT market in the second quarter of 2022 will be in a state of waiting, like all other markets.

“The best time to start trading is at the end of the third quarter. September – the school year begins, schoolchildren and students come to the market, you can engage in both resale and direct trade, ”Gubarev noted.

There is no threshold for entering the market. Traders do not need education, previous job experience, or references from employers. “We need perseverance, free time and a desire to earn money,” the specialist concluded.

Withdrawal of earnings under sanctions

It is possible to make money on RMT even under the conditions of sanctions; Russia has many online projects of its own.

“For example, after information about the closure of World of Warcraft on the same day, the online Russian game Allods increased eight times,” explained Alexander Gubarev.

They also continue to play WoW through a VPN, buying a subscription through European residents.

According to Gubarev, the RMT market is not going anywhere, as Russian gamers have VK (formerly Mail.Ru), Innova and other companies that provide access to popular online games.

The sanctions of VISA and Mastercard practically did not affect the gaming market, transactions pass without changes within the country, he assured. Game servers are divided by regions, and those who played on Russian servers continue to play there and do not experience any difficulties.

The changes affected only merchants who make money by selling services and items to foreign players. “Nevertheless, our market is huge, the largest amounts of transactions are localized in the Russian market,” Gubarev added.

Players who earn in games receive money on the card. The transaction is often not fixed, many sites use gray methods of money transfer and offer such schemes to everyone who works in the market.

“The only risk is suspicious payment systems that are not associated with the Central Bank and official banks. In this case, the seller receives funds from an unknown organization, risking both his income and his freedom,” he warned.

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