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Game on! Four ways to stretch your gaming wallet

With these four pointers, you will always have new games to play without going broke.


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Gaming is a hobby that can be as expensive as it is fun. This is bad news for many, especially for students who might not have the surplus money to spend on video games.

Fortunately, there are many tips and tricks to get the most out of every rand. Here are four ways to game on without hurting your wallet too much.

1. PlayStation Plus

Sony offers the PlayStation Plus platform for gamers to play multiplayer games online. Hence, PlayStation Plus is required for games, such as Call of Duty and Fifa, if you wish to play with your friends online.

PlayStation Plus comes with many other perks that may be of interest to anyone who is gaming on a budget. Subscribers receive exclusive discounts on games, themes and avatars.

Most importantly, PlayStation Plus offers two free PS4 games every month. Past games that have showed up in the deal include AAA titles, such as The Last of Us Remastered, Bioshock: The Collection and MLB The Show 19.

2. Epic Game Store

Most PC gamers will be familiar with the Steam online store which offers a convenient place to buy digital games.

Epic Games Stores is the new kid on the block, and it has been trying its hardest to catch the attention of gamers. It is worth getting an account with Epic Games thanks to the free games they regularly offer.

Epic Games surprised the world recently when they offered the highly popular Grand Theft Auto V free from 14 to 21 May 2020. If that sounds appealing to you, then the Epic Games Store may be the perfect fit for you.

3. Buy second-hand

Although many gamers prefer digital games, the physical games market is far from dead.

One of the advantages of buying physical copies of games is that you can sell them once you are done with them. Selling old video games is a good way to make money to buy newer games.

Another advantage is that second-hand games can be bought for lower prices. Gamers looking to buy second-hand games, should consider where pre-owned games can be bought online.

4. Explore indie games

New AAA games can be quite pricey upon release, and it sometimes takes a long time before they go on sale. However, there are plenty of indie games that are released daily that will not force you to empty your wallet.

Some of them are available for an extremely low price and even more of them are free. Websites, such as, are a good place to start if you want to find hidden gems within the indie game marketplace.