If you’ve ever thought video game streaming is all fun and games, think again. Twitch is one of the most used platforms for video game streaming with an average of 15 million daily active users and 2.2 million broadcasters per month.
And if you’re anything like me, you may wonder why the heck are so many people on this platform? Well, the short answer is, twitch streamers have a huge opportunity to make money on here. If the streamer is good enough, they can get sponsors, make ad revenue, subscriber fees, and donations.
Since twitch was acquired in 2011 by Amazon, it has seen a massive surge in users and is now overtaking YouTube video game streamers by far.
In fact, some gamers make so much money on twitch that it makes people with normal jobs wonder why they didn’t pick up the remote control and give it a go in the first place.
So how much money are people making on twitch? Here’s a list of the highest-earning twitch streamers to give you an idea.
Earnings: $5.4 million per year
Followers: 14.7 million
Richard Blevins or better known as Ninja has the most followers and income from streaming on Twitch. He earns at least $500,000 per month from his 50,000 subscribers alone.
Ninja had always been a professional gamer. But it wasn’t until Fortnite had an explosion in popularity that he was properly noticed. Since then, he has hosted a game with the rappers Travis Scott and Drake, which broke the record for maximum views on one video.
Ninja is still going strong on Twitch with nearly 60,000 viewers every week. He takes it seriously as his full-time job and streams 5 days per week.
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Earnings: $4.4 million
Followers: 6.1 million
Although Shroud officially left Twitch for another platform called Mixter, we’ll keep him on this list because he was ultimately in the top 10 highest earning Twitch streamers.
Shroud, or Micheal Grzesiek, was near the top of every Twitch analytic and statistic possible. As the second most followed channel on the platform followers tuned in routinely to watch Shroud win game after game. He mostly played Fortnite, Rainbow Six: Siege, PUBG, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty.
Since moving over to the rival platform, Mixer, this Canadian streamer is still at the top of his game with 8 million followers on the new platform alone. Way to go!
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Earnings: $2.7 million
Followers: 4.04 million
TimTheTatman, or Timothy John Bater, streams on Twitch every day except Sundays. It’s important to take a day for reality, right? Although he makes $1.8 million per year on sponsors alone, with sponsorships and ad revenue he makes a total income of $2.7 million per year.
Like most streamers, Tim is best known for playing Fortnite, but he also mixes in casual streamings of World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike.
Tim’s sponsors include some impressive brands like Monster Energy, Cyber Power PC, Razer, and Audio-Technica.
Popular video from TimTheTatman:
Earnings: $1.9 million
Followers: 3.2 million
Ben Lupo first realized his passion for video game streaming a few hours after his father passed away. He was sitting at home, picked up the controller, and started streaming without notice. During that streaming, he talked a bit and cried a bit but it was the only thing he could do at the time to distract himself.
Since then, Lupo has become one of the most popular streamers on the Twitch platform. He specializes in Fortnite and PUBG. He once played Fortnite along Ninja, which made him famous overnight. He now gets an average of 10,000 viewers per week.
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Earnings: $1.8 million
Followers: 3.4 million
Guy Beahm (DrDisRespect) is another great Twitch streamer who’s making his way to the top. With his subscriber base of 32,000 and rapidly growing, he might climb this list in the near future. He’s part of a gaming team called ASUS Republic Gaming Team and is popular for playing Call of Duty – Black Ops 4.
One of the best perks about being a gamer is that you can choose your own hours. With that being said, Guy only streams Monday to Fridays, leaving weekends to focus on other things. At the moment, he has an average of 15,000 weekly views.
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Earnings: $1.8 million
MoonMoon started streaming on Twitch in 2016. He was hosted a few times by A_Seagull and gained popularity. To maximize his viewership, he made sure he streamed at hours that were good both for European and North American viewers. Those factors helped him build his followers up slowly until he gained immense recognition.
He’s best known for playing Red Dead Redemption but also plays Super Mario Maker, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Call of Cthulhu. MoonMoon also still sees value in uploading gaming videos on YouTube. He has 147K subscribers there.
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Earnings: $1.45 million
GeekandSundry isn’t your typical game streaming service. They’re a channel that’s meant to speak to the geek in you with pop culture and geek voices. If you haven’t watched this channel before, you might be a little confused. While they do stream games, they aren’t your typical video games. GeekandSundry find more fun in streaming Dungeons and Dragons, Poker, board games, and Fallout 76.
It’s good to set yourself apart sometimes. GeekandSundry has a viewership of about 1,000 per week and a subscribership of 21,000.
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Earnings: $1.4 million
Followers: 3.8 million
When Jaryd Lazar first came out to his friends and family that he was going to quit everything and become a professional video game player, the reaction was how you would expect. Everyone shrugged it off with a “yeah right.” It took some time for Jaryd to show he was worthy of it. But once he started picking up in popularity and earning some money, it was embraced by being self-evident.
Much like Shroud, Jaryd Lazar is a retired pro Counter Strike Global Offensive player. He now takes more interest in playing Call of Duty – Black Ops 4 and is a team contributor to the 1G SQUAD.
Since Jaryd’s followers are so high, it has attracted many sponsors such as Monster Energy, Discord, Corsair, among others. He has approximately 25,000 weekly viewers and 8,909 paid subscribers.
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Earnings: $1.3 million
Followers: 2.4 million
Saqib Zahid started his professional video game career back in 2011 and has since become one of the most followed, highest-earning twitch players in the world. Saqib prefers to remain faceless during his streamings, giving fans a sense of wonder. He mostly plays Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, PUBG, Day Z, World of Warcraft, Red Dead Redemption, and a few more.
Today, Saqib is attracting 13,000 weekly viewers and has 16,000 paid subscribers.
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Earnings: $1.3 million
The last one of the list is another Red Dead Redemption player who has earned quite the following thanks to his multi-gaming skills. Do you ever wonder how gamers choose their game names? Sam (AdmiralBahroo) chose his name while setting up his first Xbox 360, listening to his dog howl.
He has just over 15,000 subscribers and 8,000 weekly viewers. You can catch his live streaming every day of the week except Thursdays.
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