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Making Games Modding Profitable - How to turn your Art into Cash

By Edited Oct 27, 2013 2 4

There are numerous ways to make extra money online, but have you ever thought about profiting from your hobbies? I have long held a love for video games and this has led to a passion for modifying them. Sadly, I used to feel guilty about doing it - you can't make money making mods - or can you? There are plenty of rules, both written and unwritten, that come along with modifying video games, but the one relevant to this article is the one that prohibits you from doing it professionally.
You see, in most current-day license agreements for games, the publisher makes clear that all modified game materials will be considered property of the publisher - not the property of the artist who spent his or her time bringing a new flare to their favorite games! This means to sell your mods would be considered the same as pirating the game itself! Some companies supply tools for game mod enthusiasts (like Valve and their Source SDK, Epic and their Unreal Editor), but they still retain rights over anything you create with their proprietary custom game material tools! Other games have tools created by fans of the game (the Grand Theft Auto series on PC is a prime example of end-user ingenuity) - but you still can't sell your creations!
You can put the time into creation, you can promote your mods, you can drive traffic to your site, but you just can't compile a set of awesome mods and sell them to interested gamers! Well, luckily, except for the part about selling mods, all of those things that lead to a great mod release are also hand-in-hand compatible with marketing websites and driving traffic to sites that advertise on your space! So, if you are down about wasting your time on a game asset while you could be making money - now you can do both. Head over to Google Adsense and sign up today - once you've signed up, generate some ad code and put it on your mod pages - now you can feel a little more rewarded for your hard work!


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Comments

Jan 28, 2012 4:21am
giannis
can anyone please tell me a good and trusted site to sell my mods and take money per moth? you know some percent of the money which the site makes from my mod who i will sent
Jan 29, 2012 9:18am
giannis
btw i have some mods for gta san andreas if this can help you
i need a site to sell my san andreas mods and take monthly money
Feb 5, 2012 5:59am
ZiggyD
Sorry, I just don't think such a thing exists Giannis. The modding community typically works for free. The best thing you could do is to make your own site, put a lot fo great mods on there and then ask for donations from people who like your mods. If you had a really great site perhaps you could offer some premium mods to people who pay a small fee.
Good luck!
May 7, 2013 9:37am
xscottbx
Anyone can make their hobbies profitable if they are smart about it. Good luck in your mission. Great article too by the way.
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