Video games turn teens into millionaires

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Some parents used to say playing video games was a waste of time For some it’s not. The video game industry is a hot college subject and people have made a successful living playing video games. Coding as the biggest facet.

University of Houston digital media program professor Karen Snyder wrote an economic impact report to help Houston area government officials understand the need and value of video game industry.

Synder said they could even create serious gaming for the medical, oil and gas industries.

Video gaming is making teens into millionaires because people are involved online via live streams on YouTube and Twitch, which amplifies the entertainment experience by people watching and commenting; or pre-recorded, which they gamers add commentary and involving the audience. Both of which are advertised-centered.

There’s also electronic sports (E-sports).

“Electronic Sports is by far one of the most rising categories of the sub category in the video game industry, now up to $600 million and it’s fast on track to reach $2 billion in the next five years,” said Synder.

She said a lot of university's even have their own E-Sports team.

It's not all young boys who are gamers.

“Most of us don’t even realize that women, ages 35 to 54 are the number one video game player. They still categorize it as if it’s some teen cult group, when in reality the average video game player is 35 years old now,” said Snyder.

You can learn about local studios in the area here.

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