There are no rules to how you can or should create a professional and personal life around travelling. For artists Sergey Balovin and Claudia Beccato for instance, exchanging and appraising art has given them different opportunities to travel the world. Meanwhile, for filmmaker Rahul Datta, it is through travelling that he gets to observe and tell stories from different parts of the planet.
Today, these and many other similar opportunities exist for online gamers as well. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly common to find digital nomads whose work revolves around streaming games. Whether you want to make online gaming your primary source of revenue or use it as a fun way to support existing online work, here are some things you need to take note of before making the jump.
First things first: you can’t be a travelling online gamer without the right hardware and software. Twitch streamer John Morton in a guide to streaming on the road lists the essential tools you’ll need to do the job right. Apart from your standard streaming gear such as a gaming laptop, headphones, and mic, this includes either a pocket WiFi or cellular data plan – ideally with upload speeds of around 10 to 15 Mbps. If you’re planning on travelling to and working in a place with Internet, this is the minimum speed you need to look for in order to avoid lag and ensure a consistent stream.
You will also need a fast smartphone that can run streaming apps like Twitch or Streamlabs. Furthermore, you’ll also want a phone with a decent camera for streaming travel-related content apart from just your gaming. You never know what type of original content you might be able to make relative to the destination you’re planning to travel to, which brings us to our next point.
Wherever you want to work and live in the world, some places are simply more suited to digital nomads than others. Right here in India, Euronews reveals how places like Varkala and Darjeeling offer both gorgeous beaches and natural mountain landscapes as well as plenty of locations for working online. Further east, Vietnam is emerging to be one of the top places in Asia for online gaming. A study by Niko Partners and Google even predicted that Vietnam’s e-sport market will hit a 28 percent five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR), the highest in Southeast Asia. Coupled with an ExpatBets guide to living in Vietnam detailing how cities like Nha Trang and Vung Tau are not only affordable and safe, but also offer tons of activities and living options for foreigners, it is no wonder the country is becoming an online gaming mecca. Meanwhile, in Europe, the subtropical archipelago of Madeira in Portugal is also emerging to be a hub for digital nomads, which can be attributed to combined development efforts from private and government organisations.
In addition, these locations are known to be friendly to gaming and digital nomad cultures as well, which means that travelling online gamers are more likely to find amiable working and living situations. Just make sure to respect the local culture, particularly when it comes to social norms surrounding filming, gaming in public spaces, clothing, and keeping noise to a minimum. If you can observe these precautions and the other aforementioned advice, there’s no shortage of places in the world where you can safely and successfully live out your dreams of being a travelling online gamer.