Japanese gamer Moru-chan was paid $10,000 for three months of work livestreaming the MMORPG ArcheAge.
It's a dream so grand that most would probably find it laughable: making money to play games. Not making money to write about games, make games or test them, just to play them. To sit back and rake in cash doing something you already love.
Nuia, the land of those who live in harmony with nature with the firm belief in the love of the Goddess. Harihara, land of laborers filled with the spirit of the Goddess, possessed of strong will who shape nature itself. These two continents are where you story begins. Cut across vast expanses of land on a horse or snow lion, board a ship and cross the mighty ocean to conduct trade, or search hidden lands far and wide for treasure. Beware, you might find yourself having to train your cannons on an enemy ship or bombard enemy castle ramparts with a siege engine. Behind all of these lie the hidden secrets of the awakened land, the Lost Continent and its form denizens. Recall the legacy of Delphinad, the greatest city ever to exist, and discover the traces of the ancient heroes and gods who had no choice but to travel to the Lost Continent to destroy it. By doing so, you may even halt the conspiracy that is lurking in the shadows of this world.
As ridiculous as that might sound, one Japanese gamer has done the impossible and attained it. Moru-chan (his user name) was a longtime and loyal fan of ArcheAge, XL Games and Trion's fantasy MMORPG. His dedication to the game led the ArcheAge team to offer him a job livestreaming the game, a service for which he was paid one million yen or roughly $10,000.
For three months Moru-chan woke up each day at noon and would then play the game until 6am, stopping a few times throughout the day to do things like eat, bathe, do laundry and update his personal blog. His daily work period would last about twelve hours.
During the course of his paid gaming, he made a point to engage other players through his blog and via the video sharing service Niconico. On several occasions he organized in-game activities for his fellow players. One recent event based in his efforts, saw seven hundred players cooperating in a (failed) attempt to take down a powerful sea beast widely regarded as the most powerful monster in ArcheAge.
All in all, you could say that Moru-chan, for the duration of his paid streaming, at least, lived the dream. A dream we'll that we'll mention, just for the sake of dissuading "nerd shut-in" stereotypes, was backed by his wife who supports his work.