How Much Do Twitch Streamers Make

Twitch is currently the most popular platform for live streaming videos mainly regarding gaming content. In 2019, Twitch generated more than $178 million and the numbers are just rising every year. Given that the platform is making such satisfying amounts of money, it’s only natural that many creators are also making a killing as well. This begs the question, how much do Twitch streamers make?

How to Make Money on Twitch

how to make money on twitch

First of all, let’s briefly discuss how streamers actually earn their money on the Twitch platform. There are a couple of different ways Twitch pays off the creators. However, there are a few requirements that must be met as a video streamer in order to be eligible to earn money. This includes having at least 50 followers, 500+ broadcasted minutes, 3+ concurrent viewers, and 7 unique broadcast days. Having said this, learning how to stream on Twitch properly takes priority over finding ways to make more money.

Once you’ve met these requirements, these are the different ways you can earn money on twitch:

  • Donations
  • Sponsorships and Brand Deals
  • Subs
  • Twitch Affiliate and Partner Programs
  • Selling Merchandise
  • Virtual Cheers

How Much Do Twitch Streamers Make Per Sub?

There are three tiers of Subs that followers and viewers can choose from when subscribing to a streamer’s channel. Tier 1 costs $4.99, Tier 2 costs $9.99, and Tier 3 costs $24.99. Twitch takes 50% commission from all Tiers and leaves the rest for the streamer. This means that if you Subscribe for Tier 1 at $4.99 per month the streamer gets only half of this amount for themselves.

Twitch Subs are one of the biggest ways Twitch streamers earn their income. The more subscribers they have the higher their monthly revenue will be. There are also rare cases where the more elite Twitch streamers have deals to keep even up to 70% of income from Subs.

How Much Do Twitch Streamers Make Per Ad?

Twitch ads aren’t as popular for making money as subs, Twitch bits, or sponsorships but they do still offer a nice percentage to monthly and yearly Twitch income revenue. Streamers can earn anywhere from 1 cent up to a dollar on average. However, there are plenty of factors that affect the stability of these numbers.

Usually, Twitch sponsorship deals pay between $0.01 – $1 per viewer per hour. Some ads pay per views, averaging between $0.25 – $ 1.50 per 1000 views. According to CNBC, your Twitch revenue from ads should average $250 per 100 subscribers, given that you stream for a few hours every day.

The total amount of money earned still depends on how many followers and subscribers you have, the number of hours you stream, and more. On top of that, Twitch ads can affect live streams negatively, as they take up a portion of the screen, ruining part of the experience for most viewers. But keeping small and not too attention-grabbing ads present can earn streamers a nice bonus as they stream.

How Much Do Twitch Streamers Make Per Bit?

Twitch viewers often donate to streamers by purchasing fun emotes, cheers, and more through bits. When you purchase 1 bit, the streamer earns approximately $0.01 per bit. Twitch also takes a commission from bits as well, but the percentage that’s left to the streamer is around 81%.

To answer the question, in short, Twitch streamers earn 1 cent per bit purchased by their viewers.

How Much Do Twitch Streamers Make a Year?

There are currently over 9 million channels on the Twitch platform, over 3 million active broadcasters each month, and over 15 million active monthly users. According to their statistics, Twitch streamers who take their job seriously and take advantage of Twitch best practices for earning money make between $3000 and $5000 per month.

This includes streamers who put in around 40 hours of streaming per week and have a decent audience number. However, these income numbers don’t include ad revenue, which can easily double their earnings if they increase the amount of Twitch followers. This is why growing your audience will always lead to more money.

Highest Paid Twitch Streamers (as of 2021)

  • Ninja ($5.4 million per year)
  • Shroud ($4.4 million per year)
  • TimTheTatman ($2.7 million per year)
  • DrLupo ($1.9 million per year)
  • DrDisRespect ($1.8 million per year)
  • Moonmoon_ow ($1.8 million per year)
  • GeekandSundry ($1.5 million per year)
  • Summit1g ($1.4 million per year)
  • Lirik ($1.3 million per year)
  • AdmiralBahroo ($1.3 million per year)

About The Author

Stole Trishanski

Ever since Stole was a kid, when he wasn’t playing video games he was probably in some corner disassembling any gadget he could get his hands on. His curiosity and will to learn made him into a huge tech nerd and enthusiast. Finally, after years of practice, learning, and breaking hundreds of gadgets Stole is helping others learn everything about tech.

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