In the FIFA Gold Rush: How Players Make Big Money

The world’s greatest soccer players gathered in London last month for The Best FIFA Football Awards. Among them was an 18-year-old man from Saudi Arabia named Mosad Aldossary, rubbing shoulders with figures like Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos.

He wasn’t up for an award, but he’s definitely at the top of his game. “Msdossary”, as he is known in the esports world, won the FIFA eWorld Cup at the O2 Arena in London in August.

For that tournament alone, he pocketed $ 250,000 (£ 191,000), but Msdossary is neither the richest nor the most famous of FIFA players. Not by far.

Msdossary (right), real name Mosad Aldossary, won the FIFA eWorld Cup in London this year

Msdossary (right), real name Mosad Aldossary, won the FIFA eWorld Cup in London this year

Msdossary was recently at the FIFA Best Awards, alongside Sergio Ramos and co.

Msdossary was recently at the FIFA Best Awards, alongside Sergio Ramos and co.

The latest iteration of the hugely popular FIFA franchise released in September

The Sidemen are a bunch of YouTubers who make a lot of money playing FIFA and other games

The latest iteration of the hugely popular FIFA franchise was released in September. The YouTube collective Sidemen, led by KSI (center), makes a lot of money playing FIFA and other games

This distinction goes to FIFA YouTubers and Twitch streamers. Our parents told us to stop playing video games all day, but those are the people who didn’t listen. Now they are making a lot of money.

WHO IS KSI?

Real name Olajide Olatunji, KSI is causing a stir on YouTube. Since he started making small FIFA videos, he now has nearly 20 million subscribers and is reportedly making up to £ 2.9million a year.

He has several rap EPs, he starred in a movie alongside fellow YouTuber Caspar Lee, and is now the “YouTube Boxing Champion”, having beaten Joe Weller and drawn with Logan Paul in the ring.

KSI is part of Sidemen, a group of British YouTubers. They all drive luxury cars, travel the world in style, and four of them live together in a mansion.

That’s no reason to quit school and sit in front of the PlayStation or Xbox all day. These young internet stars are very good at what they do, whether it’s just playing FIFA or writing and editing videos. They are also incredibly good at self-promotion.

Take the example of KSI, whose real name is Olajide Olatunji, one of the most famous British YouTubers. He started on YouTube in 2011. He now has nearly 20 million subscribers and his videos have reached over 4 billion views. Today, his profession is listed on Wikipedia as: “YouTuber, rapper, video game commentator, comedian, actor, amateur boxer”.

He released rap albums. He starred in a movie. You may have seen his fight with fellow YouTuber Logan Paul, who had over a million pay-per-view purchases, and many more millions watched him online afterward.

KSI is said to make £ 2.9million a year from sponsorships, merchandise sales and advertising revenue, and it was FIFA that made him famous. Going from making short videos about goals and skill moves to comedy skits including a time of controversy – something that seems to be becoming a norm for the biggest names on the internet (see: Logan Paul) – KSI is now a global superstar.

Here is the custom Lamborghini KSI he made a few years ago, he even made a song out of it

Here is the custom Lamborghini KSI he made a few years ago, he even made a song out of it

KSI and the Sidemen live in a luxury mansion nicknamed

KSI and the Sidemen live in a luxury mansion nicknamed “The Sidemen House”

Inside the Sidemen's multi-million pound mansion, there's a swimming pool, gym and more

Inside the Sidemen’s multi-million pound mansion, there’s a swimming pool, gym and more

He’s part of a group of YouTubers called the Sidemen, most of whom have also made a name for themselves playing FIFA and other video games. Four of them live in a luxury mansion, with a rooftop terrace, gym, swimming pool and huge garden. They drive cars like Lamborghinis, Audis and Aston Martins.

HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH YOUTUBE

YouTube creators make money from ad revenue from ads placed around uploaded content.

Most YouTubers earn money by signing up for the “YouTube Partner Program”. YouTube places ads before and during your videos and shares the revenue 55-45% in favor of users.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how much people make, but downloaders make around £ 1 to £ 3 for every 1,000 views they generate, although the bigger names earn more. KSI has seen 4 billion views since starting to download

The biggest stars also have sponsorship deals and merchandise sales in addition to their YouTube earnings, and will make millions a year.

The likes of Msdossary and Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing, last year’s FIFA world champion, are extremely good at FIFA, and it’s a full-time job to be that good. Esports pros are signed into teams and the best players have big contracts.

Msdossary won £ 200,000 from the FIFA eWorld Cup but it was just a tournament, there are plenty more throughout the year. Gorilla has had a pretty disappointing year by his standards, but he still won over £ 30,000 in prize money on his own.

It is also a full time job to be a successful YouTuber. A video that is only a few minutes long can take hours or even days to film and edit.

And people love to watch them do it. Whether they’re watching Gorilla streaming his top-tier FIFA game, or watching Harry ‘wroetoshaw’ Lewis open player packs in FIFA Ultimate Team, it’s a form of entertainment.

Just as people tune in to watch Lionel Messi run around his opponents, they’ll load a Twitch stream to watch FIFA’s top players do the same. Just like people log in to watch a comedy show on TV, they’ll upload a YouTube video and watch a joke about a FIFA player with their audience.

Now the Premier League and EA Sports have teamed up to present the ePremier League. The best FIFA players in the country will have the chance to represent real world clubs and earn money by doing so. More and more opportunities for players to make money doing what they love are opening up all the time.

Msdossary won the FIFA eWorld Cup, taking home $ 250,000 for this tournament alone

Msdossary won the FIFA eWorld Cup, taking home $ 250,000 for this tournament alone

To make money, you will have to devote time to it, it's a full-time job to be good at FIFA

To make money, you will have to devote time to it, it’s a full-time job to be good at FIFA

THE BLACK MARKET FUT COIN

If you want to get new players for your Ultimate Team in FIFA, you need to spend FUT Coins. You can either buy card packs that contain random players and hope to get lucky, or buy players directly from the auction house.

Naturally, players need a lot of coins to make the best team. However, it takes a long time to earn them in the game.

Thus, websites sell coins directly for real money, but this is not a practice viewed favorably by EA Sports.

You can get 20,000 coins for just a few pounds, but to get the best players you’ll have to spend big. For example, getting Lionel Messi, which can cost anywhere from 700,000 to 1,000,000, can cost you over £ 100.

However, you don’t have to be famous to make money playing FIFA. You don’t even have to be that good at the game.

Game makers EA Sports are strongly opposed to this practice, but there are ways to make real-world money by selling your Ultimate Team Coins on the FIFA Black Market. It’s a big deal, and although EA tries to fight it, it’s nearly impossible.

These are websites where you can purchase coins to add to your FIFA account. There are also websites where you can sell coins. If you’re lucky enough to grab a Cristiano Ronaldo, icon, or other extremely rare card, most people would use them in the game.

Others could sell them to the FIFA auction house and then offload the huge amount of coins for real money. You can even sell your entire FIFA account on eBay if you’re done. You’re not going to become a millionaire that way, but it’s pretty easy to make a profit if you’re willing to bend and break some rules.

But to make a lot of money, you’ll need to put in some time, dedication, and maybe a little luck along the way.

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