It has been quite a bad day for Twitch, a streaming platform many of the best video game players call home. On Oct. 6, 2021, the company experienced its biggest data breach ever, and a lot of sensitive company information was shared with the public.
Among the information shared were the exact details regarding the income of some of the platform’s biggest content creators, and the numbers are mind-boggling to say the least. If you’ve ever wondered just how much professional video game streamers are pulling in from their fans on the service, the answer is now out there. Keep reading for all of the known details.
One user decided to take to Twitter with a spreadsheet list of the incomes of Twitch’s biggest content creators. The list broke down not only the most recent monthly payout for dozens of streamers but also their net incomes from the platform from August 2019 until October 2021.
Some of the results are staggering, to say the least. In the month of September 2021 alone, streamer xQcOW brought in a whopping $752,467, with the next highest-paid streamer, summit1g, making $362,987 in just one month. The list went on to detail a few dozen other big names on the platform with monthly incomes ranging from $100,000 to about $7,000.
It’s also worth noting that these amounts are direct payouts from Twitch and don’t include donations, sponsors, merch, or other variables.
When it comes to total payout over the last two years, the results are even more astounding. Streamer CriticalRole has apparently made the most on the platform since 2019, taking in a whopping $9,626,712.16 from the platform alone.
It’s worth reiterating that these totals represent just a fraction of what streamers earn. Donos, merch, youtube revenue, and sponsorships are all unaccounted for here.
Streamers can pull in over a million a month just from gambling sponsorships alone.https://t.co/jZjXbD46Af
The massive Twitch leak didn’t stop with incomes, it also included sensitive company data.
According to Video Games Chronicle, the massive data breach shared every last bit of Twitch’s source code, including stream comment history “going back to its early beginnings.” Furthermore, the company’s entire client list, proprietary software development kits, and internal AWS services, names of “every other property that Twitch owns,” details for an unreleased and unannounced Steam competitor, and “red teaming” tools, which are security measures it takes to combat… Brinkwire short summary.