2019 saw a surge in the number of female streamers who are gaining massive notoriety as their popularity hits the stratosphere, and that trend looks set to continue in 2020.
Despite the streaming world being dominated by male stars, there are now a number of women rising up on Twitch to give them a good run for their money. In fact, there are now five female streamers with over one million followers. From cosplaying to gaming, and even ASMR, women are bringing a more diverse range of content to the top tiers of livestream platforms.
In some cases, they are becoming some of the most talked about streamers in the world. Ever heard someone mention the name Pokimane? Let’s look at which of these female streamers are at the top of the pile when it comes to subs and followers. And figure out just how profitable streaming is for the most popular women on Twitch.
Who are the biggest female streamers?
The undisputed queen of Twitch in terms of followers is Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys. The 23-year-old has a loyal following and also leads the way for subscribers among female streamers with over 8,800 subs to her channel.
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Kaitlyn ‘Amouranth’ Siragusa and Abril ‘AriGameplays’ Garza Alonso have both had remarkable success in the past 12 months. Both their followings have soared recently to help them surpass the likes of Kristen ‘KittyPlays’ Valnicek and Kathleen ‘LoserFruit’ Belsten.
Amouranth, who is also a famous cosplayer, has found success as a variety streamer who specialises in IRL and ASMR streams. She crossed the million follower mark on April 1, 2019.
For a few months she was the second-most followed streamer on Twitch with around 1.5 million followers, however Twitch took away around 200,000 of them in one go in October 2019 after a mass crackdown on follow bots. Although she was likely unaware of it, a massive spike in Amouranth’s popularity was unfortunately as a result of botting. She still has over 1.2 million legitimate followers, though.
AriGameplays is another massively popular female streamer on Twitch. The Mexican has a huge Spanish-speaking following and mainly streams Fortnite content. Following Twitch’s removal of 200,000 followers from Amouranth’s channel, she is now number two in the list of most followed women on Twitch. She was however banned on October 18 for streaming ‘sexually suggestive’ content.
Meanwhile, Australian LoserFruit balances her Fortnite content with Overwatch livestreams. She crossed the one million follower mark in June of last year.
KittyPlays also specialises in Fortnite and consistently brings in around 1,000 viewers to her livestreams.
Who are the highest earning female streamers?
- Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys: $30k – $40k per month
- Abril ‘AriGameplays’ Garza Alonso: $2k – $4k per month
- Kaitlyn ‘Amouranth’ Siragusa: $2k+ per month
With over 12,000 average viewers on her livestreams in 2019 and a sub count that has surpassed 8,000, Pokimane is the highest female earner from streaming by a large margin. Her subscribers alone will bring in over $10,000 and her ad revenue will be in the region of $4,000 – $5,000 a month. Add this on to her YouTube revenue, where she has over 4 million subscribers, then you’re looking at around $30,000 – $40,000 a month in total.
The Loadout has calculated that AriGameplays is earning a minimum of $2,000 a month from ad revenue and subscriptions, but the exact value could be more.
Amouranth is slightly harder to work out as the number of subscribers she has isn’t disclosed. She will earn a minimum of $1,500 from ad revenue based on her average viewership. A conservative estimation of her sub count being around 200 would see her hit $2,000 a month, but it’s likely to be much higher.
Note that these monthly earnings only take into consideration money earned from streaming and not other sources such as sponsorship or YouTube.
Which female streamer has the highest net worth?
- Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys: $1 million – $2.5 million
Pokimane’s net worth is estimated to be at least $1 million, as she’s the most followed, most-subbed to, and most widely known female streamer in the world.
Her extremely successful YouTube channel brings in a large portion of her net worth. With just shy of four million subscribers and her videos frequently hitting over half a million views, Pokimane’s gaming videos, vlogs, and Q&As have become immensely popular.
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Her YouTube revenue is likely to be anywhere between $500,000 and $800,000 a year, depending on the number of ads and ad engagement.
Not only does Pokimane make a killing from YouTube, she makes a minimum of $180,000 a year from her livestreams on Twitch. Her mixture of gaming and IRL content has seen her become the 12th most-followed streamer on the platform with 3.6 million followers.
As well as her revenue from YouTube and Twitch, she will be making money from sponsored streams, tweets, and videos, as well as long-running partnerships with brands such as HyperX. Earlier this year, Pokimane noted she was still waiting on a six-figure sum to be paid from various companies for sponsored streams.
With all of this added together, a conservative estimate would put Pokimane’s net worth at $1 million. However, it could be as high as $2.5 million.