Anonymous asked in Games & RecreationVideo & Online Games · 1 month ago

How much money does a twitch streamer make?


I didn't expect so many answers. Thank you!!

3 Answers

  • 1 month ago
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    it can be good money, but it's not a normal job.  It becomes your life.  no vacations, no healthcare.  Need to file for taxes.  I would think it's not worth it in the beginning, but if you can last a couple years, then it can probably pay off.  Of course with the market flooded as it is, it would be tough finding a niche.  And you are dependent on others to keep it afloat.  What if youtube goes down, what if patreon goes down, even for a week.  You're out of a job during that time.  It's a big risk and I would only do it if I had something to fall back on.

  • 1 month ago

    There's no hard figures here, considering there's a lot of "behind the scenes" deals with Twitch / Amazon, sponsorships with outside companies, Patreon pledges, bits cheered & subscribers.

    Here's where the publicly known stuff comes in with Twitch.

    * For Cheers, it's straight forward as it's $0.01 US / bit (so 100 bits = $1.00 US) into their channel wallet.  Although users prepay for bits (with a maximum premium of 40% with the smallest unit of 500 bits for $7.00 US)

    * For Subscriptions, the exact split can vary...  but it's typically a 50-50 split, so a Lv 1 sub ($5.00 US) gives the streamer $2.50 / mo (bigger named streamers may be able to negotiate up to a 70-30 split, which bumps up their cut to $3.50 / mo. per sub level).

    * Streamers need to have $100.00 US in their channel wallet before they can request a payout.  Affiliates have to pay the disbursement fees (deducted from their wallet) while partners do not.

    With that said, a couple of examples.

    * One mid-scale streaming crew (which has about a cast of 12 people), they have...

    >>> ~$14,835 / mo. from Patreon

    >>> ~$11,550 / mo. from subscribers (~5% of followers)

    That's ~$26,385 / mo. of gross revenue, excluding bits (which varies too greatly to accurately estimate), sponsorships & YouTube revenue.  This breaks down to a gross monthly average of ~$2,198.75 per person in the crew based on KNOWN data.  HOWEVER, this crew have things set-up as a business, so the funds go towards operational expenses (rent & utilities of their office space, equipment & actual salaries of their "full time" staff as well as payment for their "contractors" on top of income taxes).

    * One relatively small-to-mid-scale, full-time personal streamer, they have...

    >>> ~$1,030 / mo. from Patreon (based on $5 / person average)

    >>> ~$5,655 / mo. from subscribers (2,262 subs at time of writing)

    That's ~$6,685 / mo. of gross revenue, excluding bits & sponsorships.  HOWEVER, there's been a few times this stream's sub count has seriously dropped to around 1,200 subscribers (a swing of ~1,000 subs or ~$2,500)...  so we'll set their baseline at ~$4,030 / mo. gross.  Assuming that 30% will be taken in taxes, that's ~$2,821 / mo (or ~$33,852 / yr) in NET revenue.  They're not making a fortune, but at least they're making a living wage (~$25.18 / hr gross; ~$17.63 / hr net... based on 160 hrs / mo).

    * One small-scale, part-time personal AFFLIATE streamer, they have...

    >>> ~$125 / mo. from subscribers (~50 subs)

    This isn't that much, but it's enough to get a little extra pocket money (~$1,500 / yr... less taxes & fees) to supplement their day job.

    The big names like Ninja & Shroud are grossing tens or hundreds of thousands per month with a various combination of everything, but the majority of their earnings are done behind closed doors...  so you can use them as the high-end margin, but they're NOT the average streamer.

    Hope this sheds some light on the subject.

  • 1 month ago

    That depends on the streamer. On average, expert streamers can make between $3,000 to $5,000 each month playing around 40 hours a week. That specific number doesn't include ad revenue, which averages about $250 every 100 subscribers.

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