5 ways you can make money playing NBA 2K19

5 ways to make money playing NBA 2K19

Here are the ways you can make money dunking with Vince Carter on NBA 2K19

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1. Amateur 3rd Party Tournaments

Probably the fastest way to make money playing NBA 2K19 is by playing online tournaments. You can play with friends or you can play online with other gamers.

Either go to a site like ‘Toornament’, where you pay to enter the tournament and stand a chance to win the prize pool. Or go to a site like GamerSaloon where you can join a 1v1 match here only the loser pays out.

2. Sell NBA 2K19 coins

If you have a surplus of coins, you could make money by selling them online. There are sites that buy and sell NBA 2K19 coins, but you won’t find as many as you would for other games.

3. Sell your NBA 2K19 account

Account selling is a way that you can make money from playing NBA 2K19. However, doing so won’t endear you to the community. And in many ways trading in pre populated accounts is cheating.

I’m including it here with the view to having an exhaustive list of ways to make money.

4. Stream live on Twitch, Mixer or YouTube

Whether you want to make money streaming or uploading content, these are the tools to do it while playing NBA 2K19. If you play the game right you could make a lot of money! Check out the NBA 2K streamer, Cash Nasty, who makes around $365k per year streaming on YouTube.

1. Make money with cost-free donations

Rechaaarge allows streamers to monetize their videos and streams with cost-free donations.

How to get started:

  • Activate Rechaaarge cost-free donations by connecting your Twitch or YouTube account
  • Share your Rechaaarge profile and let your viewers know that you have cost-free donations activated
  • Create a goal in your dashboard
  • Start receiving cost-free donations!
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2. Paid donation tools and live alerts

Twitch Bits/Cheering is Twitch’s own currency that is used solely on Twitch and can be purchased on Amazon. You need to be a Twitch Affiliate or Partner to use Twitch Bits.

YouTube has it’s own donation tool specifically for YouTube called SuperChat. SuperChat enables viewers to pay to have their messages highlighted in the live chat.

Streamlabs OBS, Streamelements and Muxy (Twitch only) are all free broadcasting and stream management tools. Equipped with live alerts, a dashboard full of stats and intuitive features they’re all good options for streamers to setup paid for donations.

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3. Subscriptions and channel memberships

Subscriptions are a sought after way to earn cash if you are a content creator. Getting access to recurring monthly payments has completely changed the streaming game.

Twitch was the first to allow for recurring payments in 2011. Initially this subscription feature was exclusively for Twitch Partners then in 2013 it was opened to Twitch Affiliates. YouTube followed Twitch’s example by testing YouTube Red (now called YouTube Premium) and more recently introduced channel memberships for Partners.

Both Twitch and Youtube take a good chunk of your revenue. If you want to move away from the giants then Patreon is a good option. It’s a popular tool that has become well known. And they only take 5% of your revenue.

Whichever tool you use, it is paramount to reward your supporters, especially if they are giving you money on a regular basis. Exclusive content and more personal interaction are just two ways you can encourage your viewers to continue supporting you.

4. Monetize your channel with advertising

If you’re a content creator on either Twitch or YouTube, you will be well aware of advertising. Adding ads to your channel is one of the easiest ways to monetize, and once setup is passive income.

Don’t expect to make a lot of money out of this. Unless you’re massive, the amount of traffic you’ll get won’t keep the roof over your head. But as an easy incremental income, it is absolutely worth setting up.

5. Getting & finding sponsors

When you have a big enough following, you will be able to make money from sponsorship. This usually means that brands will pay you to promote their products in your streams or videos.

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YouTube owns FameBit which is an agency that connects creators to brands and companies. Twitch has the Bounty Board Program which enables streamers to network with brands via their dashboard.

6. Merchandise your brand

As a streamer you can create an additional avenue for revenue by selling merchandise to your supporters. You will need to have a decent following, but if you do, not only will you monetize your viewers, you will also deepen your relationship.


Examples of merchandising companies that you can use to handle the whole process are Streamlabs Merch and TeeSpring.

7. Use affiliate marketing to make money playing NBA 2K19

Another way to make money playing NBA 2K19 is to include affiliate marketing in your strategy. Just add product links to your channel which will take your viewers to an affiliate site. If your viewers make a purchase, you get commission.

The best products to promote are the ones which you are already using on a daily basis. There are loads of affiliate programs to choose from for gamers. Amazon Associates, Gearbest and Zavvi are just the tip of the iceberg.

5. Earn money as a pro esports gamer

In February 2017 the NBA 2K League, know as NBA2KL or simply 2K League, was announced. This esports league is a joint venture between the NBA and Take-Two Interactive. In the 2018 season, 17 of the 30 NBA teams had an esports team. This year more teams will take part, bringing the count up to 21.

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Anyone can apply to take part in the initial league stage. In order to qualify applicants need to be over 18 years old, have a number of wins under their belts and own a copy of the game.

If you get through the initial stages and successfully enter the league, you can earn money in three ways. One, you will get a salary to compete in the league. Two, you will get a chance to win a share of the league prize money. And three, you will be allowed to sign endorsement deals.


Right now a lot of effort is being placed on making NBA 2K19 a big esport. With that is the open playing field which allows anyone (skilled) to qualify for the 2K League. If you want to get really good at a game with the potential to earn a good amount of money, NBA 2K19 might be for you!

If you’re not a NBA 2K19 fan, check out these ways to make money playing Fortnite, Apex Legends, Call of Duty, LoL, CS:GO, PUBG, FIFA 19, Anthem and Dota2!