Thailand’s top three Twitch streamers earned THB7.6 million (US$224,000) between them in two years, according to a leak of the gaming platform’s top 10,000 earners.
Chief among them – ranked No 2,423 worldwide – is BoyMinORu, who earned just shy of THB3 million (US$87,600) since August 2019, followed by No. 3,118 FPSThailand (THB2.4 million / US$69,600) and No. 3,340 RebirthzTV (THB2.2 million / US$65,300).
To give those numbers some context, tracking services show BoyMinORu streamed about 6,900 hours since August 2019, which means earned about THB430 (US$12.70) an hour. Not exactly rock star wages. Since he joined Twitch in November 2016, he’s streamed 21,723 hours aka roughly 905 days aka 2.5 years. At most, about 33,100 people have tuned into his streams, which altogether have been watched 64.7 million times.
He mostly streams PUBG: Battlegrounds (2,844 hours) with a little Grand Theft Auto V, FIFA 20 and Apex Legends mixed in. The three each draw audiences ranging from 422,000 to 465,000 followers.
Thailand has much more popular streamers – Twitch is not the kingdom’s preferred platform. Naiyarat “Pang” Thanawaigoses, aka Zbing Z, has nearly 15 million followers on YouTube. BoyMinORu’s has almost 410,000 followers on YouTube; FPSThailand has 730,000.
The hacked data was originally posted to 4Chan. Twitch last night confirmed that a server breach had allowed a “malicious third party” to access its records. The streamers’ revenue includes subscriptions, donations and ads.
Twitch’s top-earning channel, CriticalRole, is a professional production that streams D&D sessions to the tune of US$9.6 million since August 2019. No. 2 is Canadian streamer Felix Lengyel’s xQcOW channel, which earned US$8.5 million in the same period.