Sunday, December 1, 2013

How to Make Money on Dota 2

Do you want to enjoy Dota 2 and at the same time try to earn some money from it? You’ve come to the right place. Here are some ways you can get real cash off the game. However, the possible profit to be had in Dota 2 is rather low. Unless you’re lucky and know where to do business, you can’t just quit your regular job.

Submit item designs to the Dota 2 Workshop

Many items we use to customize the in-game heroes were actually submitted by fellow fans of the games. Through the workshop, just about anyone can contribute 3D models of items. If accepted, the items then become listed in the in-game store, where other players can check them out and buy them. A portion of the sales goes to the item contributor.

Steam Workshop

To give you a preview, it’s reported that the top contributors reach six figures of earnings for their items.

Trade Dota 2 items for money/real cash

If you want to make money this way, the most recommended method is to meet the player you’ll be trading with in person. Both parties must bring their Internet-connected (better if using your own access and not a public Wi-Fi) laptops so you can give the item as you receive the cash. It’s also great if you can agree on a public location where it’s safe to transact, e.g. a coffee shop at the mall. Bring a friend, too.

If a physical meet-up is not possible—maybe the other party is located halfway around the world—you’ve no choice but to trade online. The safest way to receive and transfer funds is Paypal. Make sure you receive the payment first before you send away the item you’re offering.

Just how profitable are Dota 2 items? If you happen to obtain a golden Baby Roshan courier, then you might want to know that such item was sold for $2000. Current price listings have it at more than such amount. Just like with comic books in mint condition, these very rare items are sought after by fanboys.

Dota 2 Golden Baby Roshan

For ways to get items, check out my Free Dota 2 Items guide.

Sell Dota 2 items at the Steam Community Market

Well, the money your earn by selling in the community market stays in your Steam account. There’s currently no way to withdraw them, because Valve is apparently trying to curb scamming in the market. On the plus side, you can use your earnings to buy games on Steam or buy valuable items that are sold at bargain prices and then resell them.

Play in Tournaments

The Dota 2 scene is full of competitive players who are vying to become the top players and team all over the world. To name a few, here are some popular tournaments that are organized at a global scale:

List of Dota 2 tournaments

  • StarLadder
  • ACE Dota 2 League
  • Raidcall EMS
  • Netolic Pro League
  • Rapture Gaming Network League
  • Fragbite Masters
  • G-League

Most of these are played online, although some others require players at a physical location where they play together as a team. Even Valve holds its own tourney every year and invites the top teams across many nations. Aptly named The International – Dota 2 Championships, this large (and presumably annual) event is where players can earn beyond half a million dollars if they place at least second. So if you want to make money off of Dota 2 this way, better make yourself and your skills be known, get enlisted in a professional team, and strive for glory and superiority.

Betting on Tournaments

When you don’t have the time to train and just aren’t cut out (despite your efforts, of course) for competitive play, you can still make good use of tournaments through bets. As with all kinds of gambling, profiting on Dota 2 in this manner is risky. Unless you have a good, educated guess of which team comes out as the winner in a certain match, you’re possibly going to lose money than win some. Be careful. If you insist on betting, just search “e-sports betting websites” on Google.