After a major data breach and online distribution of files, some of Twitch’s internal records are now public. Among other things, these files seem to reveal the revenue that top streamers have earned directly from Twitch streaming in the past two years.
These figures are largely uncontroversial, but they do not necessarily reflect the actual total income of each anchor. Based on what we have heard and what we know about Twitch, the unconfirmed numbers represent each streamer’s channel subscriptions, streaming ads, Bitcoin (viewers can tip the streamer), and possibly Twitch’s built-in “bounty” system , To link the anchor to the sponsorship opportunity. These are just some of the many ways that streamers can make money. They can also negotiate their own sponsorship, sell merchandise, use affiliate links, etc. Well, this leaked ranking of Twitch’s top earners should not be considered definitive.
These data at least confirm the estimate of how much money people can make directly from streaming on Twitch, and there are a lot of them-although only a small part of the streamers “quit their jobs” from Twitch’s direct income to make money.
Based on the data extracted from the file Know something On Twitter, the key role of the D&D team is the largest income earner on Twitch in the past two years, with a total income of more than $9.5 million from August 2019 to the present. The second highest earner is xQc, which earned more than US$8.4 million in the same period. It is closely followed by Summit1g with USD 5.8 million, and then Tfue with USD 5.3 million.
Top 10 Twitch spending from August 2019 to September 2021 (unconfirmed)
- Key role $9,626,712
- xQcOW $ 8,454,427
- Peak 1g $5,847,541
- USD 5,295,582
- Nick Moss USD 5,096,642
- Ludwig 3,290,777 USD
- TimTheTatman $3,290,133
- Altar $3,053,839
- auronplay $3,053,341
- Lyrics $2,984,653
With the increase of famous orders, the income dropped rapidly. A longer unverified list seen by PC Gamer shows that the 100th most successful Twitch anchor earns approximately US$400,000 per year. In the 200th place, the total annual income is approximately US$270,000. When you enter the 400s, streaming media earns less than $150,000 from Twitch’s direct income each year, which is within the reach of optometrists. At the 1,000th place, the anchor earns about $85,000 per year—this is the income of a junior software engineer in California, depending on where they are hired.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in the U.S. in 2020 is $67,521. To make so much money on Twitch every year, assuming you don’t earn income from sources that have never been included in this data, you must now be one of the top 1,322 Twitch anchors. There are approximately 8.8 million active streamers on Twitch (via Twitch tracker), which means that you need to be the top 0.015% of all streaming media to get the median household income in the U.S. from Twitch’s direct streaming income. Some anchors at this level will be broadcast live every day of the week, with durations ranging from 2 to 12 hours.
How Twitch anchors make money
Political commentator Hassan AbiAccording to the leaker, from August 2019 till now, his total income on Twitch is $2,810,480, which he said is roughly accurate. “Can’t wait to hope that people will be angry with me again for my publicly available subcounts,” he wrote Twitter, Quote a Ongoing controversy Regarding the compatibility or incompatibility of his income with the political views he expressed. This means that anyone can estimate his income by looking at his number of subscribers.
That’s roughly the case. Each channel subscriber on Twitch pays at least US$4.99 a month, and a small number of subscribers choose the tiers of US$9.99 or US$24.99 for additional benefits.In most cases, the subscriber income of a channel is divided between 50-50 between the channel owner and Twitch, so it is multiplied by the channel’s Estimated number of subscribers By subscribing to the price, and then halving the result can at least get you a rough answer, when you just want to know, “Did this person make enough money to buy a beautiful house in Los Angeles?”
However, the estimated income based on subscribers will always lead to a low number, because the anchor will also get Cut advertising revenue Playing during the stream, the viewer gives one cent for each bit. HasanAbi pointed out in the live broadcast that the leaked figures represent “almost all of his income” on Twitch.
However, for many professional Twitch anchors, the leaked data is only part of their pre-tax income. They can enter into special deals with Twitch and can make money from sources other than the platform itself.
For example, during the leak, the data showed that Ninja made $1,378,791, but his actual income must be much higher. Twitch’s exclusive transactions, such as the agreement signed with Ninja, will be paid separately, and he can make other customized transactions with Twitch. Popular anchors like Ninja may also get paid to run sponsored streams or promote products. They can also make money from non-Twitch shows. For example, Ninja, Jacksepticeye, Pokimane, DanTDM and LazarBeam have all guest starred in the movie “Freeman”. at the same time, play a key role in At this point is a company with more than 30 people Publish the game And is producing an animation program funded by Kickstarter.
Niche streamers that do not appear in Ryan Reynolds’ films or produced TV shows can also be donated via affiliate links, non-Twitch donations (in KofiFor example), merchandise, Patreon, and smaller sponsorships from game publishers, hardware manufacturers, chair brands, sellers of caffeine powder, and other games and game-related companies.
Many Twitch anchors also play and publish videos on YouTube and other platforms, but you don’t see any revenue in the leaked data. It is possible that some streamers earn relatively little income directly from Twitch, but their income from other streaming-related sources puts them in the same tax bracket as HasanAbi. (However, I do not encourage anyone to quit their daily work to find out.)
What kind of anchor is the most profitable?
One of the top 10 Twitch earners is not an anchor at all. Altoar, ranked eighth, is an extension of Twitch.Whenever someone spends Bits Altoar’s audible alarm extension For example, on the host’s channel, he will get a 20% share. According to this unconfirmed data, this arrangement has earned him more than $3 million in the past few years.
In addition to the key role of the entire troupe, the other so-called top 10 income earners on Twitch are all personal anchors.
More than a third of the top 10 games recently are shooting games, the most popular of which are “Call of Duty: Warzone”, “Apex Heroes” and “Battlefield 2042” beta. However, the most overlapping category is chat. Only non-streamer Tfue and Altoar have not used it recently. More than one person with the highest income has recently participated in the competition: Roblox and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.
“The number of spectators is not achieved in a vacuum,” Group theory, “It is affected by endorsements, rankings, exposure, brand opportunities, including the streaming platform itself, algorithm visibility-over time, there are many variables that affect the number of viewers. Even the games you play have an impact, but please Do not misunderstand that race is always a factor.
“…The leak proves that we have been talking about the lack of diversity at the top, nothing more.”
The number of viewers is not only achieved in a vacuum, it is also affected by endorsements, rankings, exposure, brand opportunities (including the streaming platform itself), and algorithm visibility-there are many variables that affect the number of viewers over time.October 6, 2021
Twitch has recently been working hard to combat “hate attacks” — coordinated live chats are flooded with slander, threats, and other hate speech often directed at black anchors — which prompted some Twitch anchors to boycott the platform for one day in September. Soon after, we learned that Twitch sued two people (real identities unknown), who allegedly evaded its hate raid countermeasures by creating “a new wave of fake bot accounts designed to harass creators.”
A week ago, Twitch added a new phone verification chat option to help anchors exclude bots from chat, and promised to continue to study methods to combat raids.
Consequences of Twitch violations continue
Until this week, Twitch was unable to prevent hate attackers from becoming the most pressing public criticism it faced.Now it faces a security breach, which will “chill out [the spine of] ThreatModeler founder and CEO Archie Agarwal said, “Any committed information security professional.” In addition to business information, Twitch source code is also circulating online.
For Twitch users, there are some temporary comforting news: the company said that there is currently “no indication that login credentials have been exposed”, although it has reset everyone’s stream key just in case. It said that Twitch does not store full credit card numbers, so it cannot be stolen.
However, considering that streaming media revenue data is part of the cache, more information about Twitch stars may be disclosed in another version of the data, or found in files that have already appeared on the Internet. There are concerns that additional leaks may include more sensitive information than estimated revenue figures, which are newsworthy but not dangerous.
“I don’t know what the hell I need to do to further protect myself,” Hassan Abi said in the live broadcast. “Like, it’s really scary.”
Currently, based on revenue data alone, some streamers ignore the leak, joking and pointing out that, as HasanAbi said, it is easy to guess their Twitch revenue.
The anchor wrote: “All my billions of dollars go directly to other Twitch hot tub anchors.” Tommy InnitDocuments show that since August 2019, he has made more than 1.5 million U.S. dollars on Twitch. “Don’t worry. I keep my feet on the ground.”
Twitch’s latest statement stated that the violators took advantage of “errors in Twitch server configuration changes.” It continues to investigate what was taken and how it was taken.