Sun. Jun 26th, 2022

At any given time of the day there are close to three million people simultaneously playing Fortnite . Only this video game had a total of 350 million registered accounts in 2020, as also announced by its developer, Epic Games .

Opening chests, obtaining skins (appearances of a character), weapons or powers, getting crowns or eliminating players are some of the ways to level up. Playing a lot is another way to gain experience points and score wins. Buying elements offered by the game itself is another formula, but not always the most satisfactory, at least for the player.

The video game world moves about 150,000 million euros a year, according to the American consultancy Newzoo, a figure that exceeds the film and music businesses together and that, for the moment, does not seem to have found a limit. The business is not only profitable for large developers. Beyond the official panels of each competition, there is an outside market where costumes, bows, knives, bolts, powers , virtues, keys and trunks are offered. And also bills.

Javier Collado (Castellón, 26 years old) has entered this business in which practically everything is virtual, except money. And not always, because there are operations that are carried out with cryptocurrencies. He has been playing video games all his life. He talks about his friends, players from other parts of the world, whom he doesn’t know. It was one of them who told him that there was the possibility of making the fun of it profitable: create accounts, play, play and play and raise levels to later sell them, and he was attracted by the fact of being able to make a profit. Currently, he has already sold more than a thousand. In his case, he does not understand it as a business, since he dedicates the profits to paying for his aviation studies and completing the flight hours he needs to be a commercial pilot. But thanks to his fans he already earns a salary that oscillates “between 1,200 and 1,500 euros a month”, he comments.

It started with one account. She spent all day playing “from morning to night” and, a week later, she had it ready for sale. She did the same thing about 20 more times. The one that brought him the most money reached 300 euros and, in the best of his months, after Christmas, which is one of the times when there is more movement, he entered 3,000 euros, and that the platforms through which When the sale is made, they keep between 15% and 20% for the procedures. Collado has a tax advisor, he makes his statement and pays his taxes, despite the fact that no expense can be deducted, since his account providers do not invoice him.

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