Top 10 most earned video streamers in China made a total of RMB 257 million (USD 39 million) a year, according to a ranking published by Tencent’s mobile video platform, Tencent Tech reported on Friday.
Their earning consists of two parts: contracted income with live streaming platforms where they comment on video games, and virtual gifts – a form of de facto online currency – from their fans.
The ranking did not calculate the number of video streamers’ fans.
Interestingly, all 10 video streamers are game streamers, reflecting the boom in China’s gaming business.
The game streaming business is dominated by two games: All top 10 video streaming stars comment on either League of Legends or Hearthstone.
The Top 10 video streamers are on four leading live streaming platforms – Huya TV, Quanmin TV, Douyu TV, and Panda TV.
Huya TV is the most downloaded live streaming app in China, accounting for 22.4% of overall live streaming app downloads. Douyu TV is backed by Tencent, China’s tech giant. Wang Sicong, a web celeb and the only son of China’s richest businessman Wang Jianlin, founded Panda TV.
According to a report published by CNNIC in early August, there are 325 million Chinese live streaming users, accounting for 45.8% of all Chinese Internet users.
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