Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, one of the most popular Fortnite streamers on video game streaming service Twitch, is currently earning $500,000 per month.
The massive amount that Blevins is making shows that there certainly is money in video games, not just for professional eSports players but for content providers as well.
'Ninja' Makes $500,000 Per Month: Here's How He Did It
Blevins, more popularly known as 'Ninja' and a former professional Halo player, revealed in an interview with CNBC that he earns about $500,000 per month. The revenue comes from various sources, including from Twitch where he has 3.7 million followers, from YouTube where he has 5 million subscribers, and from his other social media accounts that likewise have millions of fans.
The bulk of Blevins' massive revenue is earned from his subscribers on the Amazon-owned Twitch video game streaming service, who pay $4.99 per month to subscribe to a streamer's channel. According to him, a recent promotion that granted Amazon Prime subscribers in-game loot in Fortnite was one of the biggest reasons for the growth in his subscriber numbers.
Blevins also believes that viewers are drawn to his Twitch channel due to the combination of the high level of skill that he shows and the fun environment that he creates while streaming.
So what does he do with the money? Blevins revealed that he is "investing and saving" his earnings, along with making charitable donations such as sponsoring an animal each month.
The Popularity Of 'Fortnite'
Blevins, meanwhile, did not downplay the importance of Fortnite to his success
The Twitch streamer believes that the multiplayer shooter rose in popularity due to a combination of several factors, including its free-to-play nature and its availability on multiple platforms. The streamer also mentioned the launch of Fortnite Mobile for the iOS, along with rumors that a Nintendo Switch version is in the works.
"So just the accessibility and how friendly the game is ... they're just hitting every single mark perfectly," Blevins said, in praise of Fortnite.
Should You Drop Everything And Become A Video Game Streamer?
The $500,000 in earnings every month is a very lucrative amount, but Blevins warned others who may be thinking of shifting careers into being video game streamers. Blevins said that he maintained his job and kept going to college while he was starting up as a streamer and playing Halo professionally.
"All the kids out there: you can't just drop everything to focus on playing video games for a living," he said, adding that the career is starting to have a very a competitive landscape, and that aspiring streamers should first secure their future before trying their hand at it.