PAID TO PLAY: HOW SOME OTTAWA GAMERS ARE MAKING A LIVING DOING WHAT THEY LOVE

Serious streamers can build a loyal online fan base of thousands thanks to platforms like Twitch

“My husband suggested I try streaming to make friends,” she recalled.

While Lee connected with viewers on camera, her husband worked behind the scenes on graphic design and video editing. In just under two years, the HiveQueen_ channel gained 10,000 followers.

Lee transitioned to full-time streaming once her Twitch earnings surpassed her teacher’s salary. She now makes between $35,000 and $45,000 per year, working overnight because that’s when her audience logs on to watch her.

Gaming for a cause

Kristy MacPherson hasn’t quit her day job yet, but she does spend hours gaming on a competing platform called Mixer as a means of fundraising. Under the screen name KavMac, MacPherson, who lives in Vanier, has raised about $5,000 for CHEO.

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