Nowadays, earning from the comfort of your home has become an attractive trend thanks to online jobs, but becoming a millionaire from gaming is much more appealing to teenagers. Tyler Blevins' net worth of $25 million has been accumulated over years of playing video games. It has encouraged many teenagers to think about following in his footsteps, but little do they know of the sacrifices involved. Tyler barely slept or hung out with his friends unless they were visiting to watch him play; he also had to juggle two college courses, work 40 hours a week, and still stream. The gamer was recently ranked #1 among the highest-earning video gamers, so let's take a look at how he achieved his millions.
Gaming was a reward for a job well done
Tyler would not be where he is today were it not for his father, whom he cites as his major influence. When he and his brothers were young, their father bought video games, having fallen in love with them immediately they were released. Therefore, the family had a collection of gaming consoles and play stations, which their dad said he got for his boys, but in reality, he is the one who spent most of his time on the consoles. Tyler recalls that as he and his brothers went to bed early around 8 pm, their father would stay awake until 3 am playing video games. Still, the young boys got a few hours on the PlayStations, and Tyler became interested in playing Halo with his brothers when he was only nine years old.
Although his brothers, John and Chris, almost dismissed him saying he was too young, Tyler's competitive streak ensured that he beat them, much to their shock. The gamer became addicted to the game so much that he played it until the wee hours of the morning. Of course, he was improving his skills, which put his brothers off since they knew the next time they played, he would defeat them again. However, Tyler was thinking beyond playing with his brothers; he thought about playing competitively, but his parents were strict about his schoolwork.
Despite having already realized his gaming potential could earn him money, Tyler was still cautious about putting his eggs in one basket. Therefore, he concentrated on his schoolwork and played soccer, doing well in both. He even had a job at a fast-food restaurant to prove he could be responsible and that he had a plan for his future. However, his primary motivation for doing well in school is that good grades allowed him to play as many games as he wanted. All the same, he cannot regret his soccer-playing days, which he confessed to Forbes have helped build the team-based aspect needed in Halo.
How he started earning from gaming
Tyler's first competition playing Halo was in 2009, and it dawned on him that if he ever wanted to make any money from gaming, he had to be the best player. By 2011 he was a professional video game player who had started streaming himself playing the game- he knew he could not wait around until there was a tournament for him to win prize money. Therefore a typical day involved taking breakfast and going to his basement where he would stream for ten hours. That dedication started paying off, and Tyler began making $100 per day streaming on Twitch.
Tyler stuck with playing "Halo" for long, but in 2017, he decided to switch to "Fortnite," and it became the best decision he ever made. Since he wanted to reach more people on social media, Tyler began using Instagram; he already was on Twitter. To his surprise, Drake was following him on Twitter, and later the musician started following the gamer on Fortnite Game, which prompted Tyler to think about inviting Drake for a game. He dismissed the thought only for Drake to message him after two days inviting him to play. Tyler streamed the action, which attracted over 600,000 concurrent views, which broke his previous record of 388,000. That alone catapulted him to fame on social media, and it has been to his advantage, especially since he disclosed that 70% of his income comes from YouTube and Twitch.
He now makes at least $500,000 per month
According to CNN, every time he uploads a video, and the millions of viewers watch the pop-up ads, Tyler pockets a percentage of the ad's sales. By 2018, he also had over 12.5 million followers on Twitch and 40,000 users who paid $4.00 to $25 per month to watch him play. Despite making $10 million in 2018, he still left Twitch in favor of Mixer, where within five days of joining the platform, he had garnered 1 million subscribers. It was a smart move, considering that Microsoft agreed to pay him $20 million to $30 million every year in their multi-year contract.
30% of Tyler's income is from sponsorship deals since he has attracted major brands like Samsung, Adidas, and Red Bull. With the Adidas agreement, Tyler became the first professional video game player to sign up for a contract with the sportswear brand. They did not reveal how much the deal was worth, but it is safe to assume that the amount is eye-popping. The same goes for Red Bull and Samsung endorsements. The gamer is still trying his hand in entrepreneurship, having started a toy line to release ninja-themed toys. As published by Amazon, one of the products, a plush pillow, has a 4.2-star rating meaning the game is also committed to providing his fans with a great toy collection.
Behind every successful man, there's a woman
Jessica is not only Tyler's wife; she is his manager as well. According to Business Insider, the desire to see her man succeed is what pushed her to become his manager after she discovered how informal Tyler was in responding to emails. She knew he had to be professional to maintain a working relationship with the companies interested in Tyler, so he took on the role of manager. She even helped Tyler get sponsorship deals by reaching out to companies. Now, with her husband being a renowned pro gamer and so many emails to handle, she is thinking of hiring staff to handle the communication. With such a person by his side, Tyler's net worth will increase as Jessica continues to figure out ways to grow the "Ninja" brand.
Written by Allen Lee
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