River of Gold: Top 10 Chinese live streamers nab USD 39 M a year

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.

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Top 10 video streamers by income. Photo edited from Tencent Tech.

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.

(Top photo from http://www.youtube.com)

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