This final chapter focuses on making real money in Roblox. Everyone knows that you can play thousands of games for free with Roblox and that you can make your own games to share with people online. But did you know that you can actually make money in the real world doing all of that too?
Well, you can! There are actually several ways to make money in Roblox, and many of them are pretty easy. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can become a millionaire and quit school or never go to a regular job, but if it’s okay with your parents, you can make a little bit of money just from doing fun stuff inside Roblox itself. In this book’s final chapter I will cover:
- Robux exchanging
- Making money from created games
- Trading items
- Using promotional links
- Avoiding scam sites and games
CHARGING ROBUX FOR ACCESS
The most common and well-known way to make money in Roblox is to earn it directly from people wanting to play the games that you’ve created. If you go on the Roblox website looking for a game to play, you will probably notice that most of the games are completely free. All you have to do to play these games is press the giant Play button that appears right on the page.
1 MAKING MONEY ON ROBLOX ISN’T EASY
HOW ROBUX WORKS?
Since Roblox is a game that operates entirely off of digital currency Robux, earning money through the game is a little more complicated than just sell- ing things directly to other users. When a user pays money to the creators of Roblox, they receive the digital Robux currency in return. Users can then spend Robux on things within Roblox. If a particular user created the thing that’s being purchased (versus an item made by the creators of Roblox), then they receive part of the Robux amount for that purchase.
Once a user has enough Robux saved up, they can trade those in for actual money using the Developer Exchange program. In other words, users don’t actually get paid directly in cash, but the Robux they get can be turned in for actual money. It’s sort of like when you trade in your tickets at Chuck E. Cheese’s or another similar arcade, except instead of getting prizes you get money.
There are lots of different ways that you could potentially make money in Roblox, so we’ll spend the rest of this chapter talking about each of the different ways.
MAKING MONEY FROM CREATED GAMES
Most people spend the vast majority of their time in Roblox actually playing games. There is a lot of other stuff you can do—from talking to friends, messaging people, trading items, customizing your avatar, and of course, making things in Roblox Studio—but the biggest source of fun for the millions of players are just simply playing Roblox games.
The best way to make money from making games in Roblox is to find a combination of these actions: asking players to buy access, selling Game Passes, and charging for Developer Products. Using only one of those strategies won’t be as effective as trying to use all three or some other combination that makes sense for what you’re making. Just make sure that what you try to charge seems fair.
CHARGING ROBUX FOR ACCESS
The most common and well-known way to make money in Roblox is to earn it directly from people wanting to play the games that you’ve created. If you go on the Roblox website looking for a game to play, you will probably notice that most of the games are completely free. All you have to do to play these games is press the giant Play button that appears right on the page
THE SCREEN WHERE YOU CAN PLAY THEME PARK TYCOON 2
As the image demonstrates, this game, Theme Park Tycoon 2, is free to play. All you have to do is hit Play and you’re in! In most cases, if you release a game for Roblox, it will be totally free for people to play however and whenever they want.
However, it is possible to make games that people have to pay in order to play at all. Instead of having a Play button these games will have a Buy Access button with the amount of Robux listed.
THE SCREEN WHERE YOU CAN PLAY WELCOME TO BLOXBURG
In this example for Welcome to Bloxburg, you can see that in order to play this game you need to have 25 Robux in your account. When you click that button, it will subtract those Robux from your account. Once you buy access to a game once, it’s always open to you and you don’t have to buy access again. Just like when you buy an app or game on your phone or other game systems, you can play it whenever you want.
This is one of the most common ways that users will try to make money from Roblox, but it isn’t necessarily the best way. Once a user buys access, they won’t spend money on your game again so you won’t be able to make as much money over a long period of time.
2 GAME PASSES
Another popular way of making money from games that you’ve made in Roblox Studio is through Game Passes. In other games on smartphones, the computer, or a game system like the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you may have heard of something called DLC, which means “downloadable content.” Game Passes are a lot like DLC.
How do these work? After a player has bought access to your game (or is simply playing it for free), they can choose to go to the Store section of your game page and give you money in a one-time exchange for Game Passes. These Game Passes come in all sorts of types and offer all sorts of rewards that you can’t get in the game itself. For example, there are optional Game Passes for Welcome to Bloxburg.
GAME PASSES IN THE STORE FOR WELCOME TO BLOXBURG
The Game Passes shown for this game are Unlocked Stereo, Excellent Employee, Premium, Multiple Floors, and Advanced Placing. When you click one of the Game Passes, such as Premium, you’re taken to a new screen with more information about that Game Pass.
THE PREMIUM GAME PASS IN WELCOME TO BLOXBURG.
This Game Pass, when purchased, gives you a bunch of different bonus- es when playing Welcome to Bloxburg. After you buy it, you get:
- Twice as many daily rewards in the game
- A special name tag
- The ability to choose your plot in the game
- Even more upcoming rewards that will be specially made for Premium players
As you can tell, the creator of the game made this Game Pass for people who like to play the game a lot, possibly even every day. Those are the types of players that will get the most benefit from buying this Game Pass.
The other Game Passes in Welcome to Bloxburg offer very different bonuses:
- The Unlocked Stereo Game Pass lets you play any Roblox Sound ID music track in the game and opens up more areas to play music.
- The Advanced Placing Game Pass lets you place objects in more areas when building things in the game.
Some users even make Game Passes that are just called Tip Jar, or something similar, and ask players to donate money to thank them for their hard work.
When you create a Game Pass for your game, it’s important that you understand the type of player you’re making the Game Pass for, meaning that you should know what they’d be interested in. For example, if you made an Obby game, then it might make sense to sell Game Passes for unlimited lives so players don’t have to start over after running out of lives. But in that Obby it might not make sense to offer something like the Unlocked Stereo Game Pass.
Game Passes can only be purchased one time each by players, but Developer Products can be purchased over and over again by those same players. There are a lot of different ways that you can implement Developer Products into your game.
Game developers might decide to use Developer Products to let players purchase in-game currency, for example. Imagine if you were playing a role- playing the game as a warrior in Roblox and didn’t have enough gold in the game to buy a new sword in town. The developer of the game may decide to let you just get more gold by paying some Robux instead of having to slowly earn it in the game itself. These are commonly referred to as convenience purchases in other games since they make the game a little easier and less frustrating.
AN EXAMPLE OF IN-GAME PURCHASES.
In this image, you can see an example of how Developer Products can be used to let players purchase items within the game itself using in-game currency.
There are lots of other uses for Developer Products too, though. Some games on Roblox are free to play a few times, for example, but if you want to play them more than the limited number, then you may need to purchase additional plays as a Developer Product. It works sort of like tokens at Chuck E. Cheese’s or an arcade.
3 BUYING AND TRADING LIMITED ITEMS
While playing Roblox, you will probably come across Limited items. These are items that the creators of Roblox once sold to users but no longer sell. It’s like a Lego set that was discontinued or a trading card that’s no longer printed. As a player, if you buy one of these items, you can be the proud owner of something that is extremely rare. However, since people love to collect rare items that are related to things they love (like Roblox) you can probably imagine how frustrating it would be if you missed out on buying a really cool Limited item.
People miss out on buying a Limited item all the time. The creators of Roblox do this on purpose because they want certain items to be special. A good example is if they decide to release a brand-new hat as part of a special promotion one week and are only selling 1,000 hats. Well, millions of people play Roblox every month, so tons of users won’t get that hat.
That’s where selling and trading come into play in Roblox. If you buy a Limited item when it is available directly from the makers of Roblox, then hold on to it and wait for a few months until it’s no longer available, then you can probably find someone who will be willing to buy it for much more than you paid for it.
There are a couple of risks with this strategy, though:
- There is no guarantee that the Limited item you bought will be worth more in the future, although that is what usually happens.
- Sometimes it can be hard to find someone who wants to buy or trade the item that you’re looking to get rid of.
Joining trade groups on Roblox is a good way to track down interested buyers.
4 AVOIDING ROBUX SCAMS
Now that we’ve covered a few of the ways that you can make money in Roblox, you should learn about some of the ways that you absolutely can- not make money in Roblox. Some people on the Internet will try to trick you and lie to you, so it’s important to always be safe and aware when talking to someone online who you don’t know or when you’re playing a multiplayer game like Roblox. From now on I will call these situations where someone tries to trick you with Robux money as a “scam.”
One of the most common scams you’ll see in Roblox is just in the comment section of games, forum posts, and messages from players. A lot of users create accounts and then post messages about being able to get “free Robux” for players, but that’s never true. Sometimes they ask for your user- name and password or tell you to click a link to a website where you can get free Robux, but you should never trust any of it. The only way to get Robux in Roblox is to pay for it or by being part of the Builders Club. If someone tells you to click something or to sign up for something to get free Robux, then it’s a scam.
Also, in the Games section of the Roblox website, you might come across games that say you can get Robux by playing them if you input your account name and password. This is a scam. In fact, never, ever give away your password to anyone. Again, this is 100 percent a scam, and you cannot get Robux this way.
For more information about staying safe online and protecting your account, talk to your parents.