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These companies are paying people to play Animal Crossing

By Angela Casco

The months-long lockdown has compelled people to look for ways to beat boredom inside their living spaces or cope with the stress that comes with the quarantine and the now-uncertain future.

For some, that has meant escaping to a virtual world where they can fish, catch bugs, and hunt fossils while living in a village inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. Called Animal Crossing, the social simulation video game series, created by Katsuya Eguchi and Hisashi Nogami, and developed and published by Nintendo, has become a favorite among those in isolation for its open-ended gameplay, as well as its real time run.

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It has become a creative outlet for many in isolation, too, thanks to its extensive customization functions, which players can use to alter their appearance through clothes, accessories, and various hairstyles. Even their houses can be furnished, decorated, and expanded.

It’s this creativity on the game’s New Horizons edition that companies are hoping to capitalize on, including UK luxury homeware brand, Olivia’s, and Hong Kong-based e-sports and entertainment firm, Cyber Games Arena (CGA).

Designing islands

Any and all summer plans have been cancelled due to Covid-19 and that has gotten many people daydreaming of their supposed one-week island life, basking in the heat of the sun and relaxing to the sound of the ocean waves. This ability is what CGA was looking for when they released their latest job listing.

In it, the platform says it is hiring “gaming specialists” for an unspecified role. The position requires the specialist to play and design specific islands within a month.

It has become a creative outlet for many in isolation, too, thanks to its extensive customization functions, which players can use to alter their appearance through clothes, accessories, and various hairstyles. Even their houses can be furnished, decorated, and expanded. It’s this creativity on the game’s New Horizons edition that companies are hoping to capitalize on.

Starting on a freelance contract, the job pays $13,000 HKD or a little over ₱85,000, and depending on work performance, the contract may be extended or the specialist can become a full-time employee. The best part, however, is not just the pay or the opportunity to work at one of Asia’s leading esports platforms, but also the Nintendo Switch console and flexible working hours that come with the job.

As of writing, though, CGA is no longer accepting applications due to overwhelming interest in the job.

Play with pay

If building a life inside the world of Adorable Home is enjoyable, doing the same in Animal Crossing can be just as fun, especially when it comes with a per hour salary. This is Olivia’s reward for people who will design non-actual homes for their company. The position requires virtual design consultants to give their clients advice on how to best create a sense of aesthetic harmony in their island home with a list of recommended and affordable products, as well as styles to use.

Anyone willing to take on this job just needs a Nintendo Switch, a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons game, and strong internet connection to earn £40 or over ₱2,400 an hour.

True to the customization perks of the game, an applicant may also set their own rates and work flexibly. Interested designers may submit their application through a form on the homeware brand’s website.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/05/18/these-companies-are-paying-people-to-play-animal-crossing/)

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