We live in an interesting time. Technology makes our lives easier. From Uber to Alexa to GrubHub and Facebook, we have never been able to commute, set reminders for ourselves, have food delivered at any time or stay in touch with friends around the world . The rise of technology has also created new ways for people to make a living. For example, I make my living entirely by writing for online media. Other people start YouTube channels and make millions of people do the strangest things – like opening toys. (We’re watching Ryan’s World!) And then there’s Twitch.tv.
People have been playing video games for decades. Even in the late 1970s and early 1980s before the Internet, there were gaming systems. These original players are the parents of today’s live streaming players, essentially. Twitch.tv allows people to watch other people play video games. It’s a kind of cultural zeitgeist right there. For those who don’t know, Twitch is a free service that plays live video streams from people playing video games while other people are watching and chatting with the person who is broadcasting their gameplay as well as others. viewers. It is essentially a social network for players. The streamer can be tilted by viewers, making Twitch a money maker for the most popular channels.
Twitch is an original idea from Justin Kan. A little over a decade ago, he couldn’t convince Andreessen Horowitz, one of the most powerful venture capital firms in the world, to be part of his startup Justin.tv. He couldn’t even meet the cabinet. Fast forward to 2014 and Kan sold Justin.tv – renamed Twitch – to Amazon for $ 970 million. People did not know what to do with this acquisition and Twitch was not yet part of the mainstream, it hardly is today. Oh, by the way, Justin Kan has a net worth of $ 100 million. So the next time you want to put away someone who says they are an avid gamer, maybe turn them on to Twitch and have them take you on a luxury vacation when their Minecraft game brings them dozens of thousands of dollars a month.
Twitch was founded in early June 2011. Since then, it has won the loyalty of a huge audience. The name TwitchTV comes from the term gameplay twitch, which is a type of video gameplay that tests a player’s response time. Since then, Twitch has attracted more than 35 million unique visitors per month and has transformed a number of its most popular users into a new breed of social media stars while making them a cargo of money. Popular streamers, as Twitch users are called, earn tens of thousands of dollars or more a month from subscribers. The best streamers can also earn even more thanks to brand sponsorships and exclusive offers. Among the top three live streaming gaming platforms, Twitch is by far the most popular, generating 37% of total game streaming revenue. Over 50% of revenue (51% to be exact) comes from subscriptions and advice given to players while they are broadcasting their game.
Below are eight of the highest paying Twitch live broadcasters in terms of subscription revenue. We have estimated their revenues for a month ending June 20. Twitch subscription revenue is shared 50/50 between the content creator and Twitch.
# 8. Gladd: 10,708 monthly subscribers
Twitch subscribers: 313,000
Estimated Twitch subscription revenue: $ 55,200
Gladd, aka Sean Gallagher, plays Destiny 2 on Twitch (and YouTube). He is part of the team called Redeem.
# 7. Sweatcicle: 11,018 monthly subscribers
Twitch subscribers: 130,000
Estimated Twitch subscription revenue: $ 56,100
Sweatcicle is known for being the first player to play the Destiny 2 multiplayer first-person shooter.
# 6. DasMehdi: 11,952 monthly subscribers
Twitch subscribers: 289,000
Estimated Twitch subscription revenue: $ 60,300
DasMehdi plays The Last of Us Part II and Grand Theft Auto V. It also has agents. He is represented by Loaded, the talent management firm that also represents other great players, including Ninja.
# 5. Ludwig: 14,351 monthly subscribers
Twitch subscribers: 435,000
Estimated Twitch subscription revenue: $ 72,800
Ludwig Ahgren plays Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mario Party 2 and Pokemon on his Twitch channel.
# 4. PotasticP: 15,446 monthly subscribers
Twitch subscribers: 156,000
Estimated Twitch subscription revenue: $ 81,500
PotasticP is Jeannie Lee. It broadcasts the gameplay of Raid: Shadow Legends, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and God of War. She is also active in creating content for the nongaming segment of Twitch called Just Chatting.
# 3. BruceGreene: 21,245 monthly subscribers
Twitch subscribers: 137,000
Estimated Twitch subscription revenue: $ 107,800
Bruce Green is co-founder of the Funhaus YouTube channel. Now he’s exclusively on Twitch and plays games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Monster Hunter: World and Doom Eternal.
# 2. BobbyPoffGaming: 26,060 monthly subscribers
Twitch subscribers: 106,000
Estimated Twitch subscription revenue: $ 132,400
Bobby Poff, 27, plays Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone.
# 1. Sintica: 26,266 monthly subscribers
Twitch subscribers: 150,000
Estimated Twitch subscription revenue: $ 133,000
Sintica is a German DJ and producer who streams music on Twitch. It was taken over by the talent management firm Respawned.