Ishowspeed Net Worth: Meet Darren Watkins Jr., the famous American YouTuber and social media personality. He is better known as IShowSpeed or Speed. He has amassed a net worth of approximately $10-$12 million, according to multiple sources.
Speed made his name as a gaming YouTuber, particularly for his live streams. He started his YouTube channel in 2016, but it remained inactive for two years until he uploaded his first video in 2018. It was a shoot-around clip of NBA 2k18. Although he tried his hand at Fortnite, he didn’t find much success. Then he decided to focus on school and football.
However, the pandemic brought about a change, and he decided to give YouTube another shot after being persuaded by a friend. This time, he started with NBA content and quickly gained attention for his quality NBA 2k20 and 2k21 content. He gained over 150 subscribers weekly, and this figure skyrocketed to 1000 subscribers, according to multiple sources.
Speed diversified his content by playing Fortnite and Five Nights at Freddy’s, which made his content more live-stream-centric. In less than a year, he managed to reach over 1 million subscribers, making him one of the fastest-growing YouTubers worldwide. His virality on social media platforms like TikTok further amplified his popularity.
He subsequently moved to Los Angeles with Twitch streamer Adin Ross, which helped him gain even more subscribers. Currently, Speed is focusing on his music career, having released his debut album, What Else IShowSpeed. Many of the music videos on his channel have been viewed over 10 million times.
Ishowspeed’s Income Sources
Speed primarily earns from his YouTube channel and their subsequent revenue from AdSense. Apart from that, he earns a decent amount from sponsorships, as well as any tips and donations he may receive from his viewers while live-streaming. According to Social Blade, Speed earns an estimated $16,000 every month on average through revenue via AdSense.
Net Worth Spot estimates that IShowSpeed earns an estimated $1.11 million per year from his channel’s AdSense, factoring that he averages 8.43 million views a month and around 614.38 thousand views a day. Based on the average amount of $3-$7 that is paid per thousand views, the IShowSpeed YouTube channel can generate an estimated $73,000 thousand a month and over $1 – 3 million a year in ad revenue. Other sources state that Speed earns an average of somewhere near $2-4 million each year from YouTube alone.
On TikTok, Speed could earn upwards of $15k per post. Unlike YouTube, TikTok does not compensate its users for running ads on their posted photos. To achieve this, TikTok influencers and brands do not have an intermediary, and prices can vary greatly.
With the massive following that Speed has accumulated over the years, brands could approach him to promote their products. Although it is unknown how much he could charge for promotional content, it is definitely a hefty amount.
In terms of expenses, Speed has been spotted driving a blue Lamborghini Urus, which could start at costs upwards of $230k in 2023.