Tyler Blevins, aka Ninja, is undoubtedly the world most famous video game streamer. He has the most Twitch followers by a long shot with 8,340,223 (at the time of this article), which is nearly five million more than second place.
Credit: Twitch/Ninja/Epic Games
It's clear to see why he has so many as he is constantly playing games, mostly Fortnite, and gives his fans exactly what they want - lots of content! However, he recently took a break to attend E3 2018, and he lost 40,000 subscribers in less than 48 hours.
Now, it's not followers where he makes his money. Subscribers are a completely different ball game on Twitch as they pay a monthly fee towards his account. In April he had 250,000, so a loss of 40k is quite a lot!
He took to Twitter to say: "Wanna know the struggles of streaming over other jobs? I left for less than 48 hours and lost 40,000 subscribers on Twitch. I'll be back today (Wednesday) grinding again."
Yes, he's still got absolutely loads but it does add a lot of pressure to him and his colleagues, as people can be pretty quick to jump ship. It's not even like he was just skiving off work like normal people do, he was attending E3 2018 where he actually won $1 million for charity.
Obviously he still has absolutely loads of followers and will probably get paid for sponsorships and for his YouTube account, which has 13 mil subscribers, but he puts in hours of hard work and doesn't really deserve to lose part of his income because he was helping a good cause.
Speaking of his income, we're pretty sure he'll be able to survive this small downfall. Back in April, he confirmed he gets $3.50 per sub each month, which is a monthly income of $875,000 from Twitch subscribers alone. Wow!
At the end of the day, it's a good job Ninja has lots of back up subscribers at the ready. 40k is a lot for anyone, but imagine if something similar happened to an up and coming streamer? It would be a huge hit in their wage and definitely in their confidence. They might be sat around playing games all day but we bet their job is nowhere near as easy as it sounds.
Words by: Matthew McGladdery