Share your gaming skills, individuality, & talents with others
I’m Jeff, the CEO and co-founder of GameGether — a gaming community and talent marketplace where gamers get paid to play with others. You probably came here from our website’s about us page, so I wanted to share a quick story about how GameGether came to be.
I started to dedicate a significant part of my life to the gaming industry when I decided to focus on becoming a streamer. I still remember how happy I was when I hit 50 subscribers on Twitch, that was amazing! The viewers (as well all you stream snipers) were lots of fun and I appreciate the support, however it wasn’t enough to pay my bills — the journey was not easy and I didn’t succeed.
As gaming and esports has grown throughout the years, it has offered people the awesome opportunity of making some money from playing video games and, for those lucky enough, a good source of income. Those of us in the gaming industry — esports players, commentators, streamers — are hustling to make gaming a sustainable career to support ourselves.
While I was an esports caster, I worked on other side projects to bring extra income in between gigs. This is where I slowly stopped streaming and it was a lot of hours and very long days as broadcasts can go on for up to 12 hours. During my time as a streamer and esports caster, I would play with some fans 1:1 as a way to just connect with them and enjoy low-pressure games. I received $10–20 donations as a thank you which I let them know there was no need because they already supported me as my Twitch subscriber.
Although I didn’t connect the dots at that point in time, I connected it backwards to this moment where something like GameGether could be possible.
That is why GameGether was built, to support talented gamers and help them make some extra money sharing their time, game knowledge, individuality, and talents with others.
Getting paid to play with others will be weird at first
In the past, just playing video games had a negative stigma and when people started to stream playing video games that was seen as even weirder. Since streaming allowed gamers to broadcast and showcase their talents and individuality online, it created a healthy online economy where people could make a living playing video games.
I believe getting paid to game together will also be weird at first until it isn’t.
And I’ve been through these stages before as a streamer and mobile esports pro where in the West, mobile gamers are seen as “not real gamers LULZ”.
As a esports caster, I got paid to talk about video games! And I enjoyed it so much and that was seen as weird too. Looking back, I wish something like GameGether existed as a fun side hustle where I could meet new people and free myself from boredom, mentor/coach, and have a fun time gaming together with a supportive community.
As we enter public beta, I’m excited to get feedback as we work on making GameGether a healthy and engaging community — please reach out to me if you have any feedback or questions.
Check us out at www.gamegether.com and see you on GG!