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Inside the FIFA Gold Rush: How Players Are Making Serious Money

The greatest footballers in the world 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, side by side with the likes of Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos.

He wasn’t ready for a prize, 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 London’s O2 Arena in August.

Since that tournament alone, he has grossed $ 250,000 (£ 191,000), but Msdossary isn’t the richest or most famous of FIFA players around. Not from a long shot.

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

Msdossary was recently at the FIFA Best awards, side by side with Sergio Ramos and co.

Msdossary was recently at the FIFA Best awards, side by side with Sergio Ramos and co.

The latest version of the hugely popular FIFA franchise was released in September

The Sidemen are a group of YouTubers who make serious money playing FIFA and other games

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

This accolade goes to FIFA YouTubers and Twitch Streamers. Our parents told us to stop playing video games all day, but these are the people who haven’t listened. Now they are making serious money.

WHO IS KSI?

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

He has several rap EPs, starred in a movie alongside fellow YouTuber Caspar Lee, and is now the “YouTube boxing champion”, having defeated Joe Weller and tied 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 villa.

However, that’s no reason to drop out of 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 as an example KSI, real name 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. These days, his occupation 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 has had over a million pay-per-view purchases, and many millions more have watched it online afterwards.

KSI reportedly earns £ 2.9m a year from sponsorships, merchandising sales and advertising revenue, and it was FIFA that made him famous. Moving from making small videos about goals and skill moves, to comic skits, including a period of controversy – something that seems to be becoming the norm for the internet’s biggest names (see: Logan Paul) – KSI is now a global superstar. .

Here is the custom Lamborghini that KSI had made a few years ago, he even made us a song

Here is the custom Lamborghini that KSI had made a few years ago, he even made us a song

KSI and the Sidemen live in a luxury villa which has been nicknamed

KSI and the Sidemen live in a luxury villa which has been nicknamed “The Sidemen House”

Inside the Sidemen's multimillion-dollar mansion is a swimming pool, gym, and more

Inside the Sidemen’s multimillion-dollar mansion is a swimming pool, gym, and more

He is part of a group of YouTubers called Sidemen, many of whom have made a name for themselves playing FIFA and other video games. Four of them live in a luxury villa, complete with a roof terrace, gym, swimming pool and a huge garden. They drive cars like Lamborghini, Audi and Aston Martin.

HOW TO MAKE MONEY FROM YOUTUBE

YouTube creators earn through advertising revenue from ads placed around uploaded content.

Most YouTube users make money by joining the “YouTube Partner Program”. YouTube places ads before and during your videos and divides revenue by 55-45% in favor of users.

It’s hard to tell an exact number of how much people earn, but uploaders earn roughly between £ 1 and £ 3 for every 1,000 views they generate, even though the bigger names will earn more. KSI has had 4 billion views since it started uploading

The biggest stars also have sponsorship deals and merchandise sales in addition to their YouTube earnings and will be earning 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 professionals are signed for teams and the best players have big contracts.

Msdossary won £ 200,000 in the FIFA eWorld Cup, but that was just one tournament, there are many more throughout the year. Gorilla had a pretty disappointing year by his standards, but he still took home over £ 30,000 in cash prizes alone.

It’s also a full-time job to be a successful YouTuber. A video lasting just a few minutes could take hours or even days to film and edit.

And people like to watch them do it. Whether they’re watching Gorilla streaming his top-tier FIFA game or watching Harry ‘wroetoshaw’ Lewis opening 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 upload a Twitch stream to watch FIFA’s top players do the same. Just as people tune in to watch a comedy sketch show on TV, they’ll upload a YouTube video and watch a FIFA player joke around with their audience.

Now, the Premier League and EA Sports have joined forces to introduce the ePremier League. The best FIFA players in the country will have the chance to represent real-world clubs and earn money doing so. New ways are continually opening up for players to earn money by doing what they love.

Msdossary won the FIFA eWorld Cup, taking home $ 250,000 from a single tournament

Msdossary won the FIFA eWorld Cup, taking home $ 250,000 from a single tournament

To earn money you will have to spend time, being good at FIFA is a full time job

To earn money you will have to spend time, being good at FIFA is a full time job

THE BLACK FUT COIN MARKET

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

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

Hence, the websites sell coins directly for real money, but it is not a practice considered favorably by EA Sports.

You can get 20,000 coins for a few pounds, but to get the best players you will have to spend a lot. For example, getting Lionel Messi, which can cost anywhere from 700,000 to 1,000,000, could cost you as little as £ 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.

EA Sports game makers are firmly against the practice, but there are ways to earn real money by selling your Ultimate Team Coins on the FIFA Black Market. It’s big business, and although EA tries to fight it, it’s next to impossible.

These are websites out there where you can purchase coins to add to your FIFA account. There are also websites where you can sell coins. If you are lucky enough to pack 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 download the huge amount of coins for real money. You can even sell your entire FIFA account on eBay if you’re done. You won’t become a millionaire this way, but it’s easy enough to make a profit if you’re willing to bend over and break a few rules.

But to make a lot of money, you’ll have to put in time, dedication, and maybe get a little lucky along the way.

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