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Top 5 Most Popular LoL Female Champions of 2022
EsportsTop 5 Most Popular LoL Female Champions of 2022Whether you're picking all-girl LoL champions for the theme (we see it quite a lot, even in the competitive scene), you're playing a female-champion-only challenge, or you just really like the aesthetics and personality of the characters, and you don't know which to choose—don't worry, we've got your back. Here are the top 5 most-played female champions for top, mid, and bot lanes in 2022, to help you make the right choice. 1. Fiora The Grand Duelist Fiora fights to restore family honor after her father tarnished the reputation of her house. She's an ultimate duelist with a blunt personality and is often seen in the top lane during the laning phase. She's a melee fighter who excels at 1v1 matchups, and can be seen bullying her opponents with high damage and mobility. Fiora's build allows her to make short work of bruiser champions with high HP. Fiora's Skills Passive: Duelist's Dance Fiora will mark enemy champions with a vital spot—if she hits it, she gains movement speed and restores health.Q: Lunge She dashes in a direction dealing damage to anyone she hits, dealing on-hit effects.W: Riposte Fiora evades all incoming damage for a small period of time, then stabs her weapon. If her ability blocks an immobilizing attack, her stab will hit the first champion, otherwise, it will slow them. E: Blade Work Fiora's next two basic attacks will have increased attack speed—the first will slow, and the second will always be a critical hit.R: Grand Challenge Her ultimate marks four vitals on a selected enemy champion. If she hits all four vital spots or hits at least one before the champion dies, you and your allies in the area will be healed for a few seconds. 2. LeBlanc The Deceiver LeBlanc is a mysterious magic user who uses mirror imagery and trickery to manipulate opponents to get her way. The sorceress has been a pain in the mid-lane since her release, and her re-work made her even more feared than ever before. LeBlanc's kit excels at high magical burst damage and has an amazing knack for escaping fights with her passive ability that creates a clone to confuse opponents. LeBlanc is a glass cannon, meaning she excels at damage output, but ultimately she's a squishy champion. She's a tricky champion to master, but the time required to learn how to play effectively is worth it as popping off with high kill streaks is amazingly satisfying with this OP mid-laner. LeBlanc's Skills Passive | Mirror Image LeBlanc turns invisible for a second and spawns a clone of herself when her health drops below 40%. The clone does no damage.Q | Sigil of Malice She sends out an attack that damages and marks an enemy for 3.5 seconds. If LeBlanc damages that enemy within that time, the target takes more damage.W | Distortion LeBlanc dashes to a location dealing AOE magic damage. Activating the ability again returns her to her starting location.E | Ethereal Chains She sends out a chain that deals damage to the first enemy hit. If the chain stays attached to the target for more than 1.5 seconds, they take extra damage and are rooted.R | Mimic LeBlanc's ultimate casts an empowered version of the last spell she's cast. 3. Camille The Steel Shadow Camille is another super popular top-lane fighter. She's an overpowered agent who's been weaponized with Hextech technology coupled with a perfectionist attitude, whose duty is to keep law and order in Piltover and the Zaun undercity district. Camille's tool kit does take a bit of effort to understand and requires a lot of precision. When you've got her kit down though—you're guaranteed fun and rewarding gameplay with loads of flexibility during the mid-game phase of the match. Camille's Skills Passive | Adaptive Defenses When Camille hits an enemy champion with a basic attack, she'll gain a shield equal to the percentage of her max HP against that champion's main damage type.Q | Precision Protocol Camille can cast an empowered basic attack. She can cast it again, though the second strike deals far more damage if she delays her hit.W | Tactical Sweep She sweeps her leg out in a cone AOE doing damage. The edge of the cone does extra damage, slows, and heals Camille.E | Hookshot Camille can jump onto a wall, where she can leap off at an enemy, knocking them up as she lands.R | The Hextech Ultimatum Camille launches herself at an enemy champion and locks them in a mini arena they cannot escape. She does extra damage to this target with her basic attacks. 4. Vayne The Night Hunter Vayne is a challenging ADC who seems simple at first glance. She's an incredible bot-lane champion who has insane skills. Her kit takes a long time to master and her abilities are much closer-ranged than other ADCs in the bot lane, putting her in the heat of the situation at all times. Vayne struggles in the early game with no wave clear abilities and requires precise timing to farm during the laning phase, but becomes one of the most overpowered carries in the game, in later phases of the match. Passive | Night Hunter Vayne gains 30% extra movement speed when running toward an enemy champion.Q | Tumble Vayne rolls in a direction, empowering her next basic attack. W | Silver Bolts Vayne stacks basic-attack marks against enemies, and on her third consecutive hit, deals bonus true damage based on a percentage of the target's maximum health.E | Condemn She fires a bolt that knocks a target back, dealing damage. If the target hits a wall, they take extra damage and are stunned.R | Final Hour Vayne empowers herself for a short period of time, gaining extra damage and invisibility during her tumble, which has faster cooldowns and extra movement speed from her passive. 5. Katarina The Sinister Blade Katarina is a hybrid assassin mid-lane champion that is feared by most ADCs and melee attackers. When you get her combo right, her mobility and burst damage make her fun to play, but rather challenging to master. Katarina deals both physical and magical damage, making her hard to build a defense against in a lane or in a team fight. Since her release in 2009, Katarina remains one of the most popular female champions to play in League of Legends. Her abilities work around movement and attacking enemies with her daggers. Katarina's Skills Passive | Voracity If an enemy that she hurt dies near her, Katarina's cooldowns are shortened dramatically. And if she picks up a dagger she's thrown, she'll dash through nearby enemies dealing extra damage.Q | Bouncing blade Katarina throws a blade that bounces between enemies dealing damage before landing on the ground.W | Preparation Katarina tosses a dagger into the air above her and gets a burst of movement speed.E | Shunpo She flashes to the target friendly, striking the nearest enemy upon landing. This will always prioritize champions over minions.R | Death Lotus Katarina spins on the spot throwing loads of daggers at up to three enemy champions, dealing huge magic damage. These female champions are some of the top picks in LoL at the moment. Each has some amazing skins to choose to personalize your champion so you can dazzle your teamies and opponents in the rift. » Are you practicing your female champions in the rift? Earn some points through Buff and redeem rewards while practicing
5 Pro Tips to Earn Money Streaming Your Gameplay on YouTube
Rewards5 Pro Tips to Earn Money Streaming Your Gameplay on YouTubeYouTube has millions of content creators trying to make an income off of creating videos and streaming content, so you need to stand out from the rest to be successful. Having more followers and subscribers means higher chances of receiving donations and getting viewers to join your channel as members—where they'll pay a subscription to use special features when you're broadcasting live on the site. » Already streaming your gameplay on YouTube? Run Buff in the back for some extra free rewards 1. Broadcast Consistently According to Your Content Calendar It's important to have consistency in streaming content. Having a set schedule means the viewers who want to see your content know exactly when to show up to see you live. Sure, if your stream is shorter than eight hours, you have the option to save it as VOD that people can watch for a period of time. But the real entertainment is being able to communicate with your audience as a streamer, as well as interacting with your favorite streamer. 2. Produce High-Quality & Valuable Content Yes, it's possible to stream with low-end rigs and equipment, but putting a little budget into a better microphone and camera (if you want to show your face) goes an extremely long way for your viewers. If you think about it, even if you're watching a stream at 480p, having clear sound makes it okay to watch, but bad sound even at 4k is just a bad experience. Depending on your budget, you'll need to prioritize what you need to focus on to improve your stream quality. Internet Connection: Do a speed test to find out what you're working with—at least 20Mbps up and down is a recommended speed for consistent streaming performance.Audio Quality: Test for background noise that comes through your mic. It's best to get a standalone mic, but first, check if you can change sound filters on your streaming software. Lighting: Get a decent ring light from Amazon—this will dramatically improve how well you appear on your video feed. 3. Personalize Your Content to Stand Out From the Rest It's important that you bring something that fits your personality and character to the table, even if it's not entirely unique. For example, having a style of T-shirt that you exclusively wear while streaming can really make you more memorable. Here are some more examples: Intros & Outros Think of simple intros to use at the start of each video. It's usually a good idea to let your stream run for 5-10 minutes to let some of your audience hop on first before you start your intro. As for outros, keep it simple as well—"until next time, friends" works well, but try to find something that leans towards your personality. Unique Catchphrases Catchphrases can be a bit challenging, as they're something that best comes around naturally during your streaming career. If you have some catchy phrases you've been saying in the outside world, use them, but don't force them. Custom Video Thumbnails Stand out from the other streams with a custom video thumbnail. Bright colors and large text on your thumbnail work surprisingly well when trying to grab viewers' attention—combine that with a click-bait title, and you'll be seeing loads of traffic hitting your stream. » Interested in more than just YouTube? Discover the best games to Stream on Twitch 4. Promote Your Videos Using the Correct YouTube SEO YouTube is the biggest video platform worldwide, so you must know how to get your videos seen by millions of other content creators. Here are a few tips on how you can be found easier in the vast sea of content on YouTube. Use Keywords: Refine keywords in your titles and descriptions to a potential niche market and you'll find more success.Use Tags & Descriptions: You only have 20 tags and 5000 characters to work with, so use the space wisely.Promote Your Channel: Take advantage of other social media platforms. Monitor Analytics Closely: This will help you find your strengths and weaknesses in marketing your channel. 5. Interact With Your Viewers While Streaming You shouldn't force conversations, but do chat with your viewers if they're communicating with you. One of the biggest highlights of being a streamer is being able to communicate with your audience, and doing so can keep them around for longer. It's okay not to respond to chat if you've got millions of followers and there are thousands of messages coming through per minute, or if the comment simply isn't worth responding to, but try not to ignore your chat completely. » Want to get paid to play the games you love? Check out other ways to make money from playing games
7 Best Twitch Games to Stream in 2022 to Make Money Fast
Rewards7 Best Twitch Games to Stream in 2022 to Make Money FastDisclaimer: we can't promise you the results, your earnings are based on what streaming platform you use and how well you market yourself and entertain people during your streams. Streaming games on Twitch opens up a lot of opportunities to make some money while doing what you love—playing your favorite games. If you are considering streaming your games to an audience for some income, here are some of the most popular games to stream on Twitch to make some revenue. » Want to see how pros do it? Check out 7 most streamed games to watch on Twitch (Link to blog: 7 Most Streamed Games to Watch on Twitch ) 1. Fortnite As one of the most popular games of 2022, Fortnite is great for making some extra income. Boasting a huge 250 million average monthly players for the year, so far, the third-person-shooter game has broken records for its popularity. It's a free-to-play, family-friendly game that has some PvP and PvE game modes that are often the topic of conversation in school playgrounds and big streaming services. Fortnite's game-play popularity certainly influenced how popular it became on Twitch. In 2020 more than 1 billion hours were collectively watched on Twitch alone, with more than 120 000 average viewers. Fortnite had a massive peak in online streaming in 2018, then peaked again in 2020, and although the game has seen a steady decrease in popularity since then, it still reigns as one of the most popular games to stream on Twitch. » Use Buff while playing Fortnite to earn free rewards 2. Grand Theft Auto V GTA V has been released a total of 4 times across different platforms with various changes to graphics and gameplay on the newer releases. GTA V is a chaotic open-world game where you play as 1 of 3 characters in a grippingly dramatic storyline that involves love, guns, drugs, theft, and pretty much any other criminal activity. GTA V comes to life when you join part of the role-playing community in the modding world with the FiveM mod or its counterpart, where you live your character's life for them. In GTA RP, you might find yourself being chased by real people playing cops after you've committed an in-game crime, or applying for a position to sell burgers at the BurgerShot. This virtual world is what makes GTA V super popular to stream on Twitch, and you'll find the most famous streamers have all dipped their toes into GTA RP. 3. Albion Online Albion Online is a sandbox MMO RPG that boasts its ability to be highly cross-platform, able to run on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, and GeForce Now. Its unique take on the MMO RPG genre is that you "write your own story instead of following a laid out path" and become part of a massive community that organizes huge-scale PvP battles. Another interesting feature of Albion Online is the player-driven economy, where items are crafted and sold by players with materials gathered by players. Albion's Twitch success comes from being part of big community battles and being so readily available across different platforms. The most-watched Albion Online streamer at the moment, Fakturka, has an average of 2700 viewers coming to each of his streams. 4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Counterstrike has been a popular title to watch since CS tournaments started in 2003, and after CS: GO came out a year after the official launch of Twitch, its popularity skyrocketed. CS: GO is a highly competitive round-based first-person shooter developed by Valve that inspired the popular game Valorant by RIOT games. The game is well known for its competitive scene, and birthed famous pro players such as Shroud. Gaining popularity in a highly competitive shooter like this is quite tough in the streaming world, as you either have to be entertaining, or really, really good. If you think you've got what it takes to make some unique or professional content in CS: GO, its steaming popularity is still amazingly high. » Get free skins while clicking heads 5. Minecraft Minecraft is one of those games that just keeps getting better the longer it exists. Minecraft is at its core a sandbox survival game, but with consistent updates, mods, and its extremely creative community, the game's diversity keeps the game alive. Because of how much you can do in the game, Minecraft remains an extremely popular game for streaming and content creation. Huge names like Mr. Beast, PewDiePie, and Jacksepticeye on YouTube have influenced this game's popularity. On Twitch, the top 10 Minecraft streamers all have over a million followers each, with Auronplay having over 14 million followers. 6. Dota 2 Dota 2 is one of the most popular MOBA games in the streaming world next to League of Legends, with a massive community centered around its competitive scene. Dota 2 is massively diverse in tactical options and opportunities, making it amazingly entertaining to watch. Dota 2 matches tend to be quite long, so audience members tend to stick around longer to watch a full game. If you're entertaining or have great skills in the game, you'll be earning hype trains while you're playing in no time. The top Dota 2 streamers have tens of thousands of viewers on the average stream, though admittedly most of them are Russian. If you can speak Russian though, there's a pretty good chance you'll find success on Twitch with Dota 2. » Get rewarded for playing well. The better you play, the more rewards you can earn 7. Dead by Daylight Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer thriller game that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. Popular streamers play the game on a casual level and have a lot of time to talk to their viewers, so you'll find a lot of success here if you're good at entertaining your audience. Many of the top streamers are hugely charismatic, and according to, loads of the best DBD streamers are female. » Ready to stream games on Twitch? Download Buff and earn some cool rewards while streaming
Dota 2 Hero Tier List for Ranked Games—Our Top Picks (2023)
EsportsDota 2 Hero Tier List for Ranked Games—Our Top Picks (2023)Dota 2 international championship has come to a close, with a jaw-dropping prize pool of over 17 million for the tournament alone, so it's time to prepare for next year's ranked season. The roster has grown from its 46 playable heroes to 123 heroes, and the meta has evolved along with it. With so much content available and consistent updates creating different ways to play the game, it is safe to say that there will probably be some changes to the meta, and some nerfs and buffs here and there, but if things stay pretty similar, these are our top hero choices for the next ranked season. » Interested in CS:GO? Learn how to trade your Dota skins for CS:GO skins Tier 1 Tier 1 heroes are typically used as the powerhouses of the team and are almost in every ranked or draft game in Dota 2. They have tons of flexibility, allowing them to be utilized around the map, overpowering opponents wherever they roam. These heroes often can't be countered easily and they are often banned in draft picks, so it's best to get familiar with all of them to ensure you can crush your opponents in the lane. Batrider Batrider is well known as one of the best initiators. He's a really fun hero to play, with very useful crowd control and gap-closing abilities. His full potential unlocks when he can combine his initiation capability with his massive burst damage potential. When you get hit with Batrider's Lasso, you can kiss your sweet life and gold goodbye. Batrider is still OP after loads of nerfs and is very often the target of draft bans. Death Prophet With huge team fight potential, Death prophet is an extremely versatile magic hero. She has the ability to unleash devastating amounts of damage to multiple enemies and structures while sustaining her own health in the middle of team fights. She can also be played to be extremely tanky, so even focusing her as a team can be fatal, landing her a spot in our tier 1 list. Enigma Enigma has the power of creating black holes and could be the single best team fight hero in the game, making him dominate in the late game. Enigma is also extremely strong in the laning phase and has a huge creep-denying capability with his Demonic Conversion spell. This purple death machine is often found in the jungle, striking fear into any lineup when he appears with his black holes. Faceless Void This champion has been revered since way back—DotA 1 days—as an unstoppable disabling machine. In recent updates, he's taken a hit with some nerfs to his laning phase potential. But, as soon as he has his ultimate ability Chronosphere, he becomes a formidable opponent that freezes entire teams and can carry his own team to victory. Faceless Void will likely always be a popular pick in draft modes. Io Io is the extremely versatile amplifier of any team. Io has huge potential to turn an already strong ally into an unstoppable machine, supplying heals, increased spell damage, attack speed, movements speed, and more. Wait, your teammate across the map needs help? No problem! Io can teleport anywhere across the map to a friend in need, tether to them, and teleport back with them, or even right back to home base. Marci Marci is considered to be in a league of her own. She makes an appearance in nearly every draft game and it's basically essential to have this hero either banned or a part of your team. Marci is the most versatile hero and can be played in any role. She's a little slow in the laning phase vs. creeps, but can still be seen destroying enemy champions with better items and more stats on her. Visage Visage is a ranged intelligence attacker that has a unique playstyle involving golems that deal damage while he stays safe by wrapping himself in ethereal amour. Visage has amazing sustain and is incredibly strong in the lane. It is worth learning his complex kit to play him to his full tier 1 potential. Tier 2 Tier 2 heroes are a safer pick in draft modes that still have a really good presence in Dota 2 matches. These heroes see fewer bans in draft modes. Tier 2 heroes can be powerful picks in matches that favor their skillset and aren't counter-picked. Bloodseeker Bloodseeker is a formidable opponent in the lane, or in the jungle. He's an easy hero to master and has high sustain and wave push capabilities. He is not a hard carry but can be a bully in the lane against the right enemies. Enchantress Enchantress is a ranged jungler support hero that has a great lane-pushing capability. She's got good sustain with the ability to heal herself and her teammates, and is a lot of fun to play. Lina Lina has been a popular pick at all ranks for ages. She's a ranged intelligence hero that has a massive nuking capability—she can delete her enemies in a flash. Omniknight OmniKnight is a tanky support hero equipped with a massive hammer ready to defend his allies. He's a great part of the lane as he excels at damaging enemies while healing his teammates at the same time. Puck Puck is another ranged intelligence hero in the top picks list. Puck excels in initiating a fight, dealing burst damage, and escaping before opponents can even really react. Tiny Tiny ironically grows to incredible sizes by late game and is incredibly durable. He's a strong carry who excels at disabling enemies and crushing them with a tree. Viper Viper is a flying dragon-like poison-spitting intelligence hero. Viper deals damage over a long range and whittles his enemies over time, slowing them down and draining their hit points. Tier 3 Tier 3 champions are seen a lot less often in draft picks and typically don't see bans hit them. These heroes generally require a great understanding of the game and the ability to adapt well, and they have arguably more shortcomings than in tiers 1 and 2. So, choose wisely and play to your strengths. Dawnbreaker Dawnbreaker makes a perfect last-pick hero as a do-it-all melee attacker. This hero is able to play in all lanes and positions, wielding a solar hammer and jumping across the map to help her teammates with her ultimate ability—Solar Guardian. Ember Spirit Ember spirit is a high-mobility hero with very safe lane-farming skills, allowing him to excel at late-game fights. He also has great evasion techniques that can double as handy initiation or gap closer when you're steamrolling. Morphling Morphling has always been a popular choice in the meta. His most recent updates buffed him to be an incredible anti-carry that can steal enemy statistics and grow stronger himself. Terrorblade This gloomy-looking hero is a strong carry that uses illusions to initiate fights and control opponents with tactical slows. He's a smart counter against heroes that do physical damage, as he has really high natural base armor and can move around quite quickly. Undying Undying is a tanky support hero who has amazing harassment ability to keep your carry farming his lane safely. Undying is the right pick if your team needs a diversion from damage. Undying shines with his ultimate, requiring enemies to kill him before they get a hard debuff, which can turn a team fight on its head. He's also a beginner-friendly hero, so it's easy to pick up. Ursa Ursa has a lot of versatility and can be played in multiple lanes. However, Ursa is really seen as an anti-disabling carry and can be used effectively against choices that have lots of crowd control. Vengeful Spirit Vengeful spirit acts as a damage-boosting support with a unique ability to swap places with either a friendly or enemy hero, creating some epic moments for clutch saves and pick-off initiations. Her scepter ability allows her to continue to have a huge presence even after she's been killed. » Do you have any Dota skins you aren't using? Learn how to sell them on Steam Final Thoughts Whether you're looking to stomp on your opponents with Tier 1 heroes, or play a little safer with Tier 2 and 3 picks, it's always important to consider team composition. Dota 2 is often quite social in draft modes, so communicate with your friendly players to build the right lineup. All that's left is to hit the lanes and win your games, GL HF! » Are you ready to hop into Ranked? Earn free rewards while climbing the ranks
How to Redeem Your Buff Points (+ What’s up for Grabs)
Buff faqsHow to Redeem Your Buff Points (+ What’s up for Grabs)So you already know that Buff helps you earn while you play, but let's get into the specifics of what Buff Points can be used for. The most asked questions across the Buff community are what the actual redeemable options are and how to redeem points for the goodies, and we're here to provide answers. What You Can Redeem Your Buff Points For There is a variety of options to choose from when it comes to redeeming your Buff Points in the Marketplace, so figure out what suits you best. Gift Cards Buff offers Amazon gift cards, which can be used to buy just about anything nowadays, or you can dig deeper into your love for gaming with gift cards from PlayStation or Xbox. Steam Keys Another redeemable option from the Buff Marketplace is Steam CD Keys, meaning you can get a full game directly by entering the key into your Steam account. Although you are not able to pick just any game as the games are predetermined by Buff, the dollar value from this redeemable option is usually one of the best. In-Game Skins There are also opportunities for limited and rare skins. These are some of the rarer rewards, so definitely be on the lookout and check the app frequently if you want to get your hands on one of these. If they aren't currently available, there are ways to get free skins in Valorant too. In-Game Currency You can also obtain in-game currency with Buff Points. One reward that is readily available is Riot Point cards. The RP can be used for any of Riot Games' titles, such as League of Legends and Valorant. Gaming Hardware The gaming hardware selection on the Buff Marketplace is exceptional, with loads of Razer stuff, the leading brand in gaming peripherals, allowing you to obtain a new gaming keyboard, mouse, or headset without spending a single dollar IRL. Obviously, you are going to need to save up your points for these bad boys, as they are typically the highest in Buff Point costs. » Haven't started collecting points yet? Download Buff How to Redeem Buff Points for Items in the Marketplace Now that you are all excited, it's time for the logistics. Here is the step-by-step play for how to get those redeemable items into your actual games or digital pockets. 1. Navigate to the 'Marketplace' on the Buff App After opening up the Buff App on your PC, click on the Marketplace tab on the left side of the window. You will then be able to see what items are available for you to redeem your points for. 2. Select the Item of Your Choice After scrolling through the items and coming to a decision on what you'd like to get, click on the item and choose the option to redeem your points in exchange for it. Keep in mind that there are items in the marketplace that are only available in certain regions—be sure to double-check that you are not purchasing something region-locked so that you don't waste your hard-earned Buff Points. (Link to targeted post: How Many Buff Points Can You Earn Per Hour) 3. Enter the 6-Digit Verification Code Sent to Your Email To ensure a super safe experience for you, there is a two-factor authentication process when making an exchange through Buff Marketplace. You will receive an email with a 6-digit verification code from Buff to enter into the app and verify the exchange. 4. Click 'Confirm' to Purchase After entering the code, give yourself one last moment to appreciate the Buff Points you earned through your playtime. Once you are done with that, click 'Confirm' to finalize the purchase. 5. The Item Will Show Up in Your Inventory The item you purchased will show up in your inventory once you are done, which you can easily find by going into the Inventory tab. Different types of items may be treated differently and require the correct verification steps to ensure the proper accounts are connected to your Buff Account. » Want to cash out? Learn how to redeem Buff Points via PayPal The time you spend playing your favorite games can add monetary value on top of the enjoyment you are already getting. So get Buff up and running and earn some points and get yourself some sweet rewards.
How to Earn Cash Competing in Fortnite Tournaments: Entry Criteria & Fees
RewardsHow to Earn Cash Competing in Fortnite Tournaments: Entry Criteria & FeesFortnite Season 5 is just around the corner, and with it comes the 5th FNCS, where EPIC has allocated a jaw-dropping $20 million to the competition. The huge prize money this year also comes with even more competition as the championship is now officially cross-platform, meaning everyone on PC, mobile, and consoles will be competing for the same prize. And if competing in tournaments isn't your thing, there are other ways to make money by playing Fortnite. » Do you play other games too? Check out the 9 esports games with the biggest prize pools Important Considerations for Participants With so much competition, it's important to be prepared with the setup that suits you best for the competitive shooter. Familiarize yourself with the gun meta for the season, and get comfortable using and abusing the strats that pro players have discovered and shared. Since the tournament is cross-platform, it's also important to find which platform works best for you. Each platform has its benefits—PC players have the option of extremely high framerates and the highest mobility potential, while console and mobile players have powerful aim-assist. Here are some helpful tips for each platform: Console: The latest consoles like the PS5 and Xbox series X have the potential to play at really high frame rates. Using a 144hz monitor and plugging in your controllers can dramatically boost how fast you can react to situations in-game.Mobile: Mobile devices can connect to Bluetooth controllers, computer mice, and keyboards. Take advantage of whatever input you're comfortable with and make it your main input. PC: Turning down your graphic settings can boost overall performance in Fortnite. Couple that with a high-res monitor with a very high refresh rate and you've got the smoothest potential for the game. Entry Requirements Some tournaments require you to have a partner for Duos matches or a full squad for the team tournaments.You must be 13 years of age or olderYou'll have to have a tax certificate for legal reasons when accepting prize money.You must be on good terms with epic- no game violations.Your account must be at least level 15You must have 2-factor authentication tied to your account Entry Fee Certain tournaments have entry fees at different costs, depending on who hosts the tournament. Major official tournaments hosted by EPIC seem to be free to enter. 5 Pro Tips for Major Earnings 1. Understand & Follow the META META stands for the most effective tactic available. This is always changing depending on updates and patches to the game. It's important to keep up with the building strategies, the best loot spots, and the best guns and equipment to use for every season. When a season launches, get into arenas and normal BR and get up to speed with the new changes. Try out the new guns and find out what works best for you, and keep an eye out for what other people are using to beat you. » Need a refresher? All the Fortnite game modes explained 2. Find a Partner It's been announced that FNCS and related major tournaments are going to be Duos for the rest of 2022, but whether you're in duos or trios in a competitive tourney, you should be practicing with a set team or partner from early on, instead of consistently switching up the team you're playing alongside. It's important to develop a dynamic with your team, to understand how they play, and to find a solid way to communicate with one another effectively. 3. Create a Schedule Schedule times for you and your partner to practice—this way, you can make sure you get the practice you need for the tournament. It's important that during this time you're jumping into games with 100% effort, and really use the time to improve your mechanics, reactions, and placement. 4. Find Your Main Drop-Spot In the Fortnite BR map, there are good as well as bad places to land. Find the place that works for you and your team and land there. Consistently. Forever. Well, maybe not forever. Have a backup landing spot that you are extremely comfortable with, in case your planned drop-spot ends up being a hot spot during a competitive match. But otherwise, you should totally be spending each game landing in one POI and mastering that area's peaks and covers. 5. Watch Your Previous Matches It's a great idea to record and watch your matches or to navigate to your replays and watch them. This may seem like an underwhelming tip, but it's a tactic most pros do to improve their gameplay at a phenomenally faster rate than most other players. Remember: you're watching your VODs so that you can pick up your mistakes from a spectator's eye. Formulate a way to get around those mistakes and apply that formula to your game, practicing to drill the new tactic into your muscle memory. Final Words Qualifiers for the FNCS kick off in early February 2023, so it's time to get the team together, practice, and prepare as much as you can. Apply maximum effort, stay cool, and focus on improvement, and you'll be ready to compete in official Fortnite championships in no time. » Want to make sure you get rewards while playing? Even if you don't win, Buff has you covered
P2P Trade—Buying & Selling In-Game Items for Real $$$
RewardsP2P Trade—Buying & Selling In-Game Items for Real $$$The most expensive in-game item ever sold officially was a virtual planet called Planet Calypso, which was sold for $6 million in a game called Entropia Universe. The planet in question is super lucrative and made over $400 million in the year 2010 with in-game transactions. This shows that people are willing to pay exorbitant amounts for rare in-game items, or things in-game that add benefit to the gameplay. If you're lucky enough to have gotten a super rare item in a crate opening or a roll, then it's well worth considering selling the item for some real-world cash. » There are more ways to make real money from playing games How to Trade In-Game Items for Real Money There are a few different ways to go about selling your items if you're feeling up for exchanging your rare goodies for some real-world cash. Some marketplaces are more popular than others, depending on the title of the game, and could result in much higher sales if you find the right place. Trading via Steam If you have a Steam game that has items that you can sell, selling via the Steam marketplace is by far the safest way to do it. There are a few prerequisites to setting up your account to be eligible to sell items on the marketplace: Your account has to be non-limited (meaning you have to own a game worth at least $5 or have had at least $5 in your steam wallet). Your steam account has to be protected by Steam Guard (this involves 2-step verification with a cellular device) for at least 15 days.You need to have some funds available in your steam account.You need to own at least one marketable item. If you meet these prerequisites, selling an item on the Steam marketplace is really easy. Open Inventory in your Steam account.Find the item you'd like to sell, click on it, and find the 'sell' button under the item's description (If there's no sell button, the item isn't marketable).Check the graph showing previous sales of the item to set its price (when deciding on the price, keep in mind that Steam will take a small portion of the sale).Agree to the terms and services, and put it up for sale (if you haven't used your mobile authenticator for a week, your item will only be listed for 15 days).Check your email—you might receive an email from Steam requiring you to further authenticate the sale. If you'd like to check the items you have listed, head over to the market under the community tab, and under 'My Active Listings' you'll find your item and its price. If it says your item is on hold—don't panic. Steam puts a delay on marketplace postings and trade items. Trading via an External Marketplace Trading via 3rd party marketplaces can be risky, and if you're not sure where to go, ask friends and other gamers, and double-check if that site is safe before going ahead with a sale of an item. Keep in mind that these 3rd party sites often require you to log into your Steam account, and if you're at a malicious site, it could mean losing all of your accounts inventory. Be careful, especially if you have items such as CS:GO knives. Considerations for Identifying a Reliable Marketplace If you're having doubts about whether a site is legit or not, there are a few ways you can check up on the site's reliability. Check if it has a trusted platform for taking care of its users, and google the reliability of the site and its methods.Make sure the site guarantees the safety of both parties' privacy as well as inventory security.Ask around or turn to Reddit to find out which sites are viable for what you want to sell. BONUS: In-Game Items Commonly Favored by Buyers Got a bunch of items and you're not sure what's good to sell or what people want to buy? Here are some tips on what to look out for when selling an item. Accessories & Cosmetics Most sought-after cosmetics are usually a high tier/rarity, or items that are from limited-time events. Keep an eye out for tags like 'Legendary,' 'Epic,' 'Factory New,' 'Limited,' etc. One game using such tags is CS:GO, for which we also compiled a list of its best weapon skins. Equipment & Weapons The best-selling equipment and weapons are those with the highest stats or best rolls. In Diablo 3, a player sold a weapon called 'Echoing Fury,' a mace that isn't that amazing but it had the highest possible rolls of that weapon, for $14000. It wouldn't be a surprise at all to see similar transactions happening in Blizzard's next release, Diablo 4. Materials & Resources Sometimes farming for materials is too much of a grind, so some players are willing to buy them on marketplaces. If you've got some spare useful resources or some shiny gems that you're holding onto, you might score some actual cash by selling them to other players. Aside from trading, you can get your hands on passive income by playing your favorite games. Run Buff while you're gaming for some sweet free rewards.
7 Most-Streamed Games to Watch on Twitch Right Now
Esports7 Most-Streamed Games to Watch on Twitch Right Now Unlike in the very early days of Twitch, nowadays there are many viewers, many streamers, and many games to watch. If you are completely new to the scene, it can be pretty overwhelming to decide what games to watch since scrolling through them seems to be endless. Explore our list of the 7 most-streamed games that can guide you in the right direction and help you choose, depending on if you are more into casual entertainment, esports, or the same games you play. » Want to stream instead? Discover the 7 best Twitch games to stream now. (Link to blog: 7 Best Twitch Games to Stream in 2022 to Make Money Fast) 1. Overwatch 2 With the release of Overwatch 2, there's obviously going to be a lot of hype for Blizzard's MOBA-FPS franchise. When Overwatch was first released, it was revolutionary with its combination of the MOBA and FPS genres, especially since both genres were at the forefront of esports at the time. According to Stream Charts for Overwatch 2, there was an average of 5,677 channels to choose from in October 2022, amassing over 138.5 million hours to watch. With the game being so popular amongst esports fans and casual players, it is no surprise that this one is our first recommendation. If you don't currently play, this could be the best time to start, with the Overwatch 2 launch being so recent! Especially considering the high quality of the twitch drops recently, with the Werewolf Winston Legendary Skin being super clean. Seriously, start watching. » Play Overwatch 2 and earn Buff coins 2. Apex Legends Apex Legends made history with it hitting the 10 million player milestone in the first 72 hours. Though there's a lot of controversy over their initial marketing tactics during the first game launch, they have been super consistent with updates and improvements to the game. There's been a big move of the COD Warzone crowd to the game as well, so it shouldn't be too difficult at all to enjoy some streams and then pick up some games with your squad. According to Stream Charts for Apex Legends, there was an average of 3,439 channels to choose from in October 2022, amassing over 32.9 million hours to watch. Like other games, there are some sweet skins and rewards to be earned from watching during some of the bigger tournaments. » Earn free rewards while playing Apex 3. Grand Theft Auto V Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) is one of the most interesting titles on this list. While GTA V is the latest game in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, it was actually released back in 2013. The game has not only remained popular but is actually going strong—one of the biggest reasons for this is the GTA V Roleplay server and community. It's a super interesting viewing experience you can't get with most other games, with some of gaming's biggest names and streamers partaking in it. According to Stream Charts for GTA V, there was an average of 2,617 channels to choose from in October 2022, amassing over 95.9 million hours to watch. While there have been leaks about GTA 6, there is no well-defined date of release just yet, and GTA V still continues to scratch the itch for many viewers and players. 4. Valorant Valorant is the game to watch if you like to see headshots galore. Valorant is Riot Games' take on the Tactical FPS genre, most famously started by Counter-Strike. This is a captivating viewing experience that's really easy to get into if you've had any experience with CS:GO or CS 1.7 in the past, and we are actually seeing a lot of the Counter-Strike community move over to playing Valorant as the game continues to rise in popularity. Giving the genre some Riot Games flavor, we see the addition of abilities to replace smokes and mollies from Counter-Strike and even allow for some really diverse gameplay. According to Stream Charts for Valorant, there was an average of 4,704 channels to choose from in October 2022, amassing over 69.7 million hours to watch. Being a fresh game and explosive esports relatively new to the scene, the drops are easily obtained, with the annual Valorant Champions Twitch being a great opportunity to add things like exclusive titles, sprays, and cards for the game. » Use Buff to get free Valorant points 5. Minecraft If you are looking for a mix of creative and entertaining content, both can be found in the world of Minecraft. There are so many mods that exist for the game that you can practically watch Minecraft streams for a variety of viewing experiences: speedrunning, competitive, building showcases are all on the table for the channels you find under Minecraft on Twitch. According to Stream Charts, there was an average of 1,893 channels to choose from in October 2022, amassing over 43.5 million hours to watch. Earning rewards on Minecraft through Twitch Drops is slightly more complex and not available out of the box, but there are certain Minecraft servers where Twitch Drops are enabled, allowing you to earn while watching a streamer on a specific server as long as you are also playing on the same server. 6. League of Legends League of Legends is one of the most notable esports there is. There have been tons of new games coming in—new esports titles, MOBAs, multiplayer games in general—but LoL is still at the forefront of the gaming industry. According to Stream Charts, there was an average of 2,813 channels to choose from in October 2022, amassing over 159.4 million hours to watch. There is so much variety and complexity in the game, with some of Twitch's most popular streamers playing the game almost exclusively, that there will always be a reason to watch. » Get Buff and play League of Legends for free RP 7. FIFA 23 FIFA has actually been the entry point into the world of gaming for many gamers across the world. Sports games have historically been one of the strongest bridges between the gaming community and those existing outside of it, and what is better suited than arguably the most popular sport around the globe. According to Stream Charts, there was an average of 1,525 channels to choose from in October 2022, amassing over 61 million hours to watch. Seeing as the game was just recently released, be on the look out for any Twitch Drop viewing opportunities. If you have Twitch Prime, be sure to grab the already available rewards. Watching streams is not only a great form of entertainment, but there is also so much to gain from it and so much to explore. If you really care about getting better at one of your favorite games, you should definitely start watching popular skilled players, and make notes. » Ready to test your skills? 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5 Legitimate Income Streams for Minecraft Players in 2023
Rewards5 Legitimate Income Streams for Minecraft Players in 2023 Minecraft is one of the longest-existing games in popular game culture, and it has really seen it all. From its start in 2010, when Mojang first launched the game, all the way to Microsoft's acquisition of it for $2.5 billion in 2014, Minecraft has had an incredibly vibrant history. This led to it being the most-sold game in history, with about 100 million monthly active users still going strong. With all of that passion coming from the community, it should be no surprise to anyone that there are multiple opportunities to make an income from being a Minecraft player or fan. » Earn free rewards while playing Minecraft 1. Livestream Your Gameplay on Twitch or YouTube You're already playing Minecraft, so why not live stream it to an audience? There are tons of Minecraft streamers and content creators on Twitch and YouTube who are making a killing doing so. Livestreaming on Twitch gives you a bunch of different ways to make money if you can generate enough of a following. Twitch subs, donations, and advertising are all ways to earn from the content you create. With a free Prime Sub, you just need to be your viewers' favorite for the month, and they can support you with a click of a button. If you really start to hit it big, you can earn even more with brand sponsorships and opportunities to sell merchandise to your followers. YouTube offers a bunch of the same revenue streams with YouTube Gaming live streams, but there's also the added benefit of capturing your viewers on the platform to view your VOD content. Dream is one of the best examples of this, as one of Minecraft's biggest and most successful creators with loads of VOD content on YouTube. To get started, there are two things that are paramount to building your initial audience: engagement and consistency. Have a clear schedule set up for yourself and communicate that schedule to potential viewers on your profile. You want to start creating a loyal audience that enjoys your content and knows when they can come to view it. And to make them feel connected to you and your streams, you have to engage them. Always be on the watch with your chat and make sure to respond and react to any messages passing through. » Looking to stream other games too? These are the most watched games on Twitch now. (Link to blog: 7 Most Watched Games on Twitch) 2. Join the Minecraft Partner Program The Minecraft Partner Program is an awesome creative platform. If you are accepted, you can make a variety of in-game worlds and assets to be sold on the Minecraft Marketplace. To qualify, you will be expected to express your creativity and love for the game with a strong portfolio of high-quality content previously shared with the community (e.g. maps, skins, realms, biomes, etc.). Skins are a great place to start when it comes to creating Minecraft items and content that is likely to sell in the marketplace. People are always looking for a way to better represent their characters, especially for a game as centered around creativity as Minecraft. So if you can create a character skin that can really resonate with a player, they are bound to want to put it on. 3. Host a Minecraft Server Hosting a server is another great way to make an income, and this is something that has actually existed across the MMO space for a large part of its history. For some of our OG gamers who remember the MMORPG renaissance of the early 2000s, loads of games like Runescape, Everquest, Ragnarok Online, and even World of Warcraft had a strong community across a number of private servers. You can make income by: Charging membership and access feesRunning a store, specific for your serverGetting set up with monetized streams of your server's gameplay. While it's relatively easy to get a private server up and running, to get a Minecraft Server that players feel is worth investing their money into, you have to make it enticing. Adding the right mods and having a strong, active community are just some of the ways to go about it. 4. Construct Items, Buildings, and Maps for Other Players While this requires a similar skill set to joining the Minecraft Partner Program, your "buyers" will be rather different. There is a number of people across the web that have a need for pro Minecraft builders to construct buildings, landscapes, towns, and even entire worlds for their game/servers. Your customer base can vary—you may be hired as a builder for somebody's private servers, oftentimes themed requests (e.g. dragons and castles for a medieval-themed server), or even by some savvy businesses looking for new ways to get new clients. The skies are pretty high when it comes to how much you can make by being a pro builder for hire in the world of Minecraft. But a great example that lays it out is this video from Mr. Beast. He hires Minecraft builders he found at their going rates to see who could build the best Minecraft house for the best value, with the most expensive freelancer charging up to $16,000! 5. Create & Sell Minecraft Artwork Creating and selling Minecraft artwork is an awesome way to make income, especially for those who are super passionate about the game, but their talents and creativity lie more on the canvas than in the 3D block world. Whether it's oil and pastels or neon digital art, there is a huge market for Minecraft fan art. There are loads of markets for superb artists to sell their works, whether that is digitally on sites like DeviantArt, physically at conventions and events like Minecraft Festival, or live streaming the drawing process on Twitch. Because of the variety of ways to make money on even just one piece of artwork you create, the earning potential for talented Minecraft artists is fantastic, especially as the game continues to grow. If you are stump around what to draw, Creepers are one of the best places to start. While they are scary encounters for players in-game, they are absolutely loved by fans as merchandise, collectibles, and art outside of it. » Want to earn rewards while playing your favorite games? Download Buff and learn how it works