Through his consistently entertaining and engaging personality, Saqib “LIRIK” Zahid has become one of the most popular livestreamers in the world.
Starting with World of Warcraft, LIRIK found his way on to Twitch over seven years ago. His WoW streams turned into DayZ streams in 2012, which launched his channel into the upper echelon of Twitch. Although DayZ is no longer a part of the streams, LIRIK has continued to have tremendous success with his variety of broadcasts, ones that are watched by thousands nearly every day.
LIRIK is one of the very few top streamers who doesn’t feature a webcam, making it a rather distinctive feature of the Massachusetts entertainer. He and his chat have joked for several years, though, that subscribers can gain access to a sub-only cam.
Despite the likes of Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek rocketing to the top of Twitch recently, LIRIK’s fanbase has remained consistent and rabid for several years. The stream usually floats between 10,000 and 20,000 concurrent viewers, with it exceeding that in rarer cases.
And while LIRIK isn’t very public with his current subscriber count, TwitchTracker has tracked his subscriber numbers for more than two years, dating back to September 2016.
In October 2018, LIRIK had 16,172 subscribers, the most for him since March 2018 and the third-highest total in a single month of his career. His exact subscription revenue split isn’t public knowledge, but as an experienced and very popular streamer, LIRIK likely earns about $3.50 for each $4.99 Twitch subscription.
Splits vary for different streamers, but new partners typically have a 50-percent split with Twitch. Once they gain more subscribers, they usually receive a larger portion of each subscription, with someone like Ninja publicly saying he earns $3.50 per each $4.99 subscriber. For roughly 15,000 subscribers each month, which LIRIK has almost averaged in 2018, that means LIRIK makes some pretty good money.
His subscription revenue doesn’t even take into account the donations he receives on a daily basis. And as anyone that has watched LIRIK’s stream or any large Twitch stream knows, donations happen very often. It’s tough to estimate how much he earns from donations on a monthly or even daily basis, so we’re not even going to factor it into his estimated earnings. It should be made clear, however, that they definitely do add much more to his monthly income.
There are many other factors of revenue that could be taken into account, but the only one that there are solid numbers behind are LIRIK’s subscriber total. Using the $3.50 subscription revenue split that we figure he earns, and TwitchTracker’s subscriber statistics, we can make a conservative estimate of his monthly earnings in 2018.
|January 2018||13,865||Over $48,527|
|February 2018||13,166||Over $46,081|
|March 2018||21,034||Over $73,619|
|April 2018||15,182||Over $53,137|
|May 2018||14,025||Over $49,087|
|June 2018||13,971||Over $48,898|
|July 2018||13,437||Over $47,029|
|August 2018||13,366||Over $46,781|
|September 2018||13,780||Over $48,230|
|October 2018||16,172||Over $56,602|
With these estimates, it would appear LIRIK has passed the $500,000 mark this year with subscription revenue. The number would certainly be greater with donation and possibly even sponsorship income, but at least we have a rough idea of how much he makes from streaming.