Canada’s Félix “xQc” Lengyel once again tops all Twitch streamers

Based on just-released Twitch streaming numbers, and a high-profile hack last fall, Canada’s Félix “xQc” Lengyel isn’t going to have to worry about making his mortgage payments any time soon. Lengyel has just taken home top-dog honors as the number-one content creator on Twitch for 2021. The 26-year-old Laval, Quebec native was also king of the hill in 2020.

According to Stream Charts, viewers watched Lengyel play games, and sometimes just chat with his fans, for nearly 275 million hours. Consider that Brazil’s Gaules was a distant second on the Twitch list with 165.39 million hours watched, and that represents a good old-fashioned thrashing of all streaming competitors.

Interestingly, Lengyel streamed less than he did in 2020 by nearly 50 hours, yet managed to boost his hours-watched by 78 percent. Sometimes, evidently, less really is more.

Those who tuned into the former Overwatch pro watched him dabble in multiple games, with Grand Theft Auto V standing out as one of his definite favourites.

What you’d love to know, of course, is just how much Lengyel gets paid to sit in front of a computer for hours per day playing video games.

Last fall Amazon—which owns Twitch—confirmed a massive data breach that leaked what various content creators were paid. Streamers make money from subscribers to their channel, as well as through “bits” tips. Fans subscribe to channels to not only pick up gaming tips, but also to access emoticons, get into exclusive chat rooms, and score merchandise discounts. Top streamers also receive a portion of all ad dollars generated from their pages.

The data breach—which was reported as accurate by streamers like Canada’s Scott “tehMorag”Hellyer—pegged Lengyel as making $US8.4 million. Yes, you read that correctly— Canada’s Félix “xQc” Lengyel isn’t just laughing all the way to the bank, he’s thinking about buying the bank. It’s not too late to drop out of law school, or rethink your plans to become a brain surgeon. Now pick up that joystick.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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