Darren Watkins aka IShowSpeed, or Speed, is a 17 year old American Youtuber and content creator from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Speed has gathered a massive online following over the last few years, acquiring 8.9 million subscribers on YouTube and 6.3 million TikTok followers, despite only posting 7 videos.
How on earth did the teenager rise to fame and how much is he now worth?
What is IShowSpeed’s Net Worth?
As of 2022 it’s estimated that IShowSpeed has an impressive net worth of $500 000.
In a Q&A, he has also mentioned that he makes around $75 to $200 per stream depending on the duration, which is an extraordinary income for someone of his age.
But speed’s wealth doesn’t only stem from his social media presence.
The 17 year old has also released music, with his song Shake, Pt 2 getting an astonishing 14.7 million streams on Spotify.
Even his song God Is Good has 2 million streams despite the chorus being him celebrating a victory royale in fortnite with the phrase “God is good”, followed by an incomprehensible noise.
How Did IShowSpeed Become Successful?
Before YouTube, Speed worked in a nursing home delivering food to the elderly, he only got into YouTube because he was bored during lockdown in 2020.
After his channel became a huge success he never looked back, but why was Speed so popular?
The YouTuber really started to pick up a following when he started making videos on NBA2k20 and NBA2k21, as he was one the only people making quality streams about the basketball games.
IShowSpeed even mentioned some tips for new content creators mentioning how it is very important to be both different and know what your strength is at.
Speed really took this idea of having a unique style to the next level, as his videos started getting more weird and ridiculous and his following grew larger and larger.
Much of his following has stemmed from TikTok, as other users constantly repost his twitch and youtube streams all over the platform.
The YouTube celeb is often seen screaming and smashing things, whilst making absurd faces, when he loses a game. His latest obsession has been football and Fifa, more specifically Cristiano Ronaldo.
Darren Watkins has certainly had a hell of a life to date, and his career will be one to watch in the years to come.