Here is something that doesn't happen every day. A player of the expansive space game EVE Online has been paying for things in-game with money made from amateur porn. As it turns out, that wasn't the player's original reason for becoming an amateur porn star. However, as the cash started flowing in, “Tim” realized that there was no reason he couldn't use the money he was making from Pornhub on his favorite game. That's when his porn-fueled space enterprise in EVE Online began.
Most every gamer has probably at least heard the name EVE Online, even if they're not familiar with what the game actually entails. For those out of the know, it can come off as an extremely complex and difficult to enter experience where players can buy and lose ludicrously expensive ships in a heartbeat. The best way to put the massive size of the game into scale is to understand that gate travel is entirely necessary in EVE Online. If you tried to travel manually between star systems, it would literally take you real-life years.
The entire galaxy that the game takes place in is divided into three sections: high-security, low-security, and null-security. The center of the galaxy is high-sec, where any unwanted battles with other players will result in swarms of practically invincible police units arriving and annihilating the player who started it. Low-sec is the next ring out from the center and includes a lesser amount of units at gates that will take out anyone coming after you. Null-sec is the largest ring and the furthest away from the center of the galaxy. Here there are no NPCs to save you, but relies on rather large alliances that protect their own.
Tim, the amateur porn artist, belongs to one of the largest alliances in the game, the TEST Alliance. This allows him to follow his in-game dreams of being a trade mogul between null-sec and high-sec areas. With the help of his alliance, he can move fairly freely through null-sec. The ships Tim purchases are Jump Freighters, one of the biggest ships in the game, and he uses them to haul up to 150,000 cubic meters of cargo. By taking up merchandise moving contracts, Tim can net up to 5 billion ISK (EVE's in-game currency) per trip from high-sec to null-sec. To put things in a bit of perspective, the transport ship of choice for Tim costs a bare minimum of 10 billion ISK without any upgrades.
It would seem like Tim is in a pretty good spot on EVE Online (now) to make a ton of in-game money. But his empire had to start somewhere. That's where the amateur porn became an integral part of Tim's EVE playing. His paychecks from Pornhub (where he posts his videos) are not going to pay any real-life bills, but $350 can net him around 23 billion ISK and six month subscriptions for his multiple EVE accounts. There's one thing about Tim that we haven't fully explained yet, and that is the nature of his videos. Tim performs alone. This might not seem like a very popular genre, but as it turns out he gets around 40,000 to 70,000 views on each video. Believe it or not, most of these viewers are women. Gay and solo male porn has around 60% female viewers, a statistic which has been published by Pornhub in recent years.
It's no stretch to say that Tim is doing pretty well for himself as an amateur porn artist. It's certainly interesting that he uses the money from porn on a video game, but it's really not that much different than anyone using spare cash on a hobby. It definitely sparks the imagination, though. How far would you go to enjoy playing your favorite game? Would you sell off other games to enjoy one MMO? Would you donate plasma to get money for World of Warcraft subscription extensions? Or would you even turn to web-cam porn to fuel your gaming wants? I think it takes a special kind of person to sell their body for video games, but in a way it shows a level of dedication that most may never reach.