Fury For Video Games As a Source Of Income In The Face Of Precarious Venezuelan Salaries

CARACAS – In Venezuela, video games have opened up the field as a source of income, in the midst of the deep economic crisis that the nation is going through. Depending on the talent and hours invested, the most prominent users can generate, at least $ 200 per month, in a country with the most precarious salaries on the continent. From his cell phone, without paying for public transport or gas for the car, Leonardo Torres, a 24-year-old graphic designer, has found in his hobby a profitable alternative to cover his expenses. “Video games are an option that, from your home, you can generate money, relatively simple. You must dedicate time, but you can generate a lot of money, an average between 200 and 500 dollars a month, depending on the video game,” explains Torres, who from the 12 years is a fan of this hobby. According to the Venezuelan Finance Observatory, the average monthly salary in the oil nation, in the private sphere, is between 50 and 70 dollars, while, in the public administration, it does not exceed 4 dollars. It is this factor that, in Torres’ opinion, has triggered the craze for video games, not only in young people, but also in some adults, who prefer to stay at home fighting for coins, dragons or digital weapons that can be sold to other players who live abroad. But, to win them you need talent and between 8 and 10 hours in front of the computer. “There are wealthy people who can spend 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 dollars in order to have an exclusive item that other people do not have,” says Torres. According to the video game statistics page PlayCounter, Venezuela is the second country in the world, after the Philippines, with the most Axie Infinity users, based on the breeding and confrontation of digital pets. Those virtual animals are unique and unrepeatable crypto assets, which can be sold to other players. Although an investment of close to $ 1,200 is required to enter, there are those who offer what are known as “scholarships.” “Scholarships are like aid where you give him the bill [del videojuego] to a person to work for you and they are paid 20 to 50 percent, per month, of what the account produces, “explains Torres. For 23-year-old Luis Bastardo, video games are an additional distraction to his work as a photographer, but he knows that some of his colleagues find a contribution to their budget on the Playstation. “If I know, in many cases, that it can be the only income of many people, and for example, here in Venezuela, you can live quietly from playing 6 to 8 games a week for a month. “Here in Venezuela, you can live quietly from playing 6 to 8 games a week for a month.” Participate in online soccer tournaments, where prizes of around $ 1,500 per team. Account that, when a player stands out, other competitors can take money from their pocket to include it in their eleven. “For example, if I want a forward who is very good, then I am going to offer him $ 200 a month and, every time he scores two goals per game, I am going to give him an incentive for that,” explains Bastardo. The psychiatrist Luis Madrid warns that spending more than four hours in front of the screen can generate addiction and social isolation. “Approximately 12 percent of video game addicts are people who make a living from it, who have economic benefits.” But there are also health consequences; “Physical pain, joint pain, headaches, sleep problems,” warns the specialist. However, as in real life in Venezuela, video players also face internet service failures and power outages, which can cause them to lose the virtual game. Connect with the ! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications, or follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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