The 5 Most Profitable Games for Small Ventures and Gold Farming 2017
Gold farming is alive and well in 2017. We have a lot of data at our disposal, and we’ve analyzed our sales records for 2016 and Superdata to provide you with a list of the most profitable games for small ventures and gold farming in 2017.
The games that were most profitable in 2016 and will remain profitable in 2017 include:
League of Legends
League of Legends (LoL) is a popular MOBA and is the most watched game on Twitch. No other game redefined the way people game as much as LoL did in 2016. The game is a true classic in every gamer’s eyes, and has remained at number one for two years straight.
LoL is free to play, so it’s easy for gamers to start playing and get hooked.
When first firing up the game, you’ll find that this is a team strategy game that revolves around groups working together to complete a main objective. Champions get stronger through the game and will gain experience to unlock abilities.
It’s an addictive game, and items can be purchased in-game.
Gold farmers can make money by offering:
- ELO Boosting Services
- Game accounts
Diamond 1 Master Boosts are selling for $230, with Platinum to Diamond boosts selling for as much as $120.
Overwatch obliterated the gaming industry with $585.6 million in sales in 2016. The game is offered by Blizzard Entertainment, which has developed numerous games that players can monetize.
Overwatch is a lot of fun, and it’s a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter.
The game is available on PC, Xbox One and PS4, so there are players of all ages and skill levels playing the game. Teams of six work together to complete an objective, and each player chooses a predefined hero to help secure and takeover key points on the map.
Cosmetic rewards are earned in-game, and casual and competitive play is offered.
Overwatch has two main methods of monetization that gold farmers can add to their business model:
- Sell accounts
- Sell boosting services
The introduction of competitive play has opened a key avenue to making money. Players want to boost their character’s status in the game through competitive play, and you can offer this at a high price.
World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft remains a lucrative MMORPG that has been lining the pockets of gold farmers for over 10 years. Blizzard is the most popular company for MMORPGs, and the company has skyrocketed to fame with World of Warcraft.
Unlike other titles on our list, WoW has numerous methods of monetization.
The company has over 10 million players and over 100 million accounts have been created. Legion, the latest expansion, brings about a world of new challenges for players and has put the game back on the map after a drought of subscribers.
WoW doesn’t report their subscriber numbers anymore, but the data is out – the game is surging again.
The new expansion brought about the Demon Hunter class and several updates which have kept people playing the game.
You can offer numerous services:
- Sell in-game gold
- Sell game accounts
- Sell rare items or crafted items
- Sell leveling services
- Sell runs through raids
- Sell arena ranking services
The best part about WoW is that there are millions of players who want to gain the competitive edge to overcome the competition. Guilds are competitive, too, so there are always new customers willing to buy your services.
Clash Royale and Clash of Clans
Clash Royale and Clash of Clans have helped Supercell become a dominant force in the gaming industry. The mobile company thrives on micro-transactions, and they’ve made tons of money doing so.
Clash Royale is a new release for a company that has continued their success under Clash of Clans. The two games have led the company to become the second top-earning mobile company in 2016.
The value in these games comes from game accounts.
Accounts need to have a few things to have value:
- High levels
- Great stats
Clash of Clans is a freemium mobile MMO that has been around since 2012. The game is highly addicting, and led way to the development of Clash Royale. The latter was introduced to the public in January 2016 and combines elements from collectible card games, MOBA and tower defense into one.
Nothing is stopping you from selling your accounts for top dollar.
We have numerous Clash of Clan accounts selling for $390 and $300+. The highest Clash Royale account is selling for $299 – a ton of money for any freemium game. If you have spare time to level your account or just want to sell a dormant account, Supercell games are a great choice to make money.
Pokémon Go had everyone buzzing. The game was the most downloaded in 2016, but wasn’t a top earner. The game made $800 million over a 110-day span and $950 million in 2016 alone.
Revenue fell behind Monster Strike and Clash of Clans for mobile, but a ton of money was still made.
Pokémon Go’s main selling point is that it gets people out of their house and walking around. You’ll see gamers walking around the neighborhood battling and acquiring high level monsters. People sold services to catch monsters when the game first launched, and accounts that fetch the highest price have:
- High level monsters
- Countless monsters acquired in Pokedex
The best part about Pokémon Go is that you can go out and have fun while making money. A few accounts that we have listed for sale right now include:
- Level 32, 3150+ CP, 140+ Pokedex for $99
- Level 32, 3150+ CP, 139+ Pokedex for $90
The real money is in the Pokedex. A single Pokedex higher can lead to the account being worth $10 – $20 more – it’s insane.
You have to be smart in 2017 to make money. Choosing the highest ranking games from the end of 2016 in terms of players and revenue is a good way to start the year with money in your pocket.
The market is as competitive as ever with other great titles including Blade & Soul, Final Fantasy XIV, ArchAge and others keeping gold farming alive and well.