Wildly popular Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins recently set a new record when he streamed Fortnite with Drake. While that proved to be a particularly big moment for Fortnite streaming, it’s hardly a one-off success story for Ninja.
The streamer recently confirmed a Forbes report suggesting he makes upwards of $500,000 a month. That’s driven by Twitch channel subscriptions, which pay out a portion of the money to the channel’s owner. Twitch users can pay to subscribe to a channel, and Twitch Prime memberships (a perk of Amazon Prime) come with a free subscription.
Since then, Ninja has spoken with CNBC in a segment you can watch below. Although he doesn’t specifically address how much he’s making, he does talk a little about his business, what he’s doing with his money, and his recommendations to those who wish to follow in his footsteps (in short: don’t leave your job and school).
In the video, Ninja is initially speaking about Fortnite, which has enjoyed a tremendous level of success since the release of its free-to-play Battle Royale mode last year. Ninja’s recent stream with Drake topped 600,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch. That came just prior to the release of the 3.3 update, which paved the way for the newly launched Blitz limited-time mode.