Publishing staff The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) conducted an analysis of the distribution of income among users of the streaming service Twitch based on information leaked to the Network due to a recent data breach.
To compile the report, WSJ analyzed about 4.9 million accounts. Journalists had to exclude almost 900 thousand accounts, since in the period from July 2019 to September 2021, they either did not earn anything, or even lost money.
The leak also showed the rapid growth of Twitch’s business: over the past two years, payments to streamers have tripled and now reach about $ 100 million every month.
In total, in 2021, Twitch paid streamers over $ 889 million ($ 517 million over the same period in 2020), but this wealth is unevenly divided: less than 1% of users accounted for more than half of the amount.
Half of the streamers receiving payments (for this, the account must earn $ 100), this year they have grown rich by less than $ 28 – against more than $ 5 million in income from the highest paid user in 2021.
Twitch did not comment on the information from The Wall Street Journal, but the publication notes that streamers who reported the leak of information about their income confirm its accuracy (the discrepancy was no more than 25 cents).
Recall that in early October, a hacker made available the Twitch source code and information about payments. As it turned out, the leak was possible due to an error in the server configuration.