In the modern age, employee jobs are the less glamorous kind of job. The Internet combined with the advent of social media has created a new series of zero-collar jobs that require only your talent and dedication. No degree, no formal training of any kind is required. Outside of e-sports competitions, which have their own huge financial rewards, the streaming of video games made popular by Twitch has created a new line of rich young people. One of these people is Saqib Zahid, more commonly known as Lirik.
The new types of work created by modern inventions have helped a number of economically disadvantaged people to get out of poverty. The low point of entering the world of streaming or online video production has allowed those with creative minds but little or no financial support to expand their own audiences and make money. This is the story of Saqib Zahid, who was born in Germany after his parents emigrated from the Middle East. Although he was born in Germany, his parents moved to Boston, Massachusetts in search of greener pastures.
His profile indicates a difficult childhood, and there is currently no information on the level of education he received before becoming a full-time streamer. Lirik was born on October 29, 1990. In Boston, Lirik entered the world of game streaming after being associated with Towelliee, another prominent streamer. He took some lessons from Towelliee, and in a short time, he created his own channel.
In 2011 Lirik started streaming professionally. He started with the game World of Warcraft. As is the case when you start a new project, it took some time for Lirik’s streaming channel to gain momentum, but that changed after DayZ was released in 2012. Lirik became a go-to gamer for enthusiasts who wanted to learn and see the game, and his channel literally exploded.
Combined with his in-game skills and the comedic short films he began posting on his YouTube channel, Lirik’s subscriber base grew into a twitch bolide. He now averages 20,000 to 40,000 viewers per stream and has a twitch follower count of over 2 million.
This popularity has earned him sponsorship money from video game partners such as Discord, making him part of the exclusive group of streamers on the Twitch platform who are paid by the company for promotions.
Among the highlights of his streaming career is an interview with popular video game magazine PCGamesN in 2016, where he earned over $200,000 in 2017 and was ranked as the number 5 streamer in the top 10 on the platform. Besides DayZ he also streams other games like Fortnite, Arma 3, H1Z1, and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground.
Its technical setup includes a GPU made of 2-SLI Nvidia GeForce 12GB Titan X Pascal and RTX 2080t, a CPU made of Intel Core i7 6700k, and RAM made of 32GB HyperX Savage DDR4. Lirik has an Asus ROG Swift monitor with a HyperX Alloy FPS mechanical gaming keyboard. Lirik is known as the only top streamer whose streaming episodes do not have a webcam for his appearance.
Very little is known about Lirik’s private life outside the gaming world, except that he is a cat lover and has a brother who is also a twitch streamer.
Net Worth: How Much Does He Make?
It is estimated that Lirik is worth about 1.5 million dollars. This growing wealth is due to the fact that he is a Twitch streamer with a partner. He streams 6 hours a day for 6 days, with an average audience of 20-40 thousand viewers. Numbers like these make him an attractive partner for major brands to promote their products and services, and Lirik has leveraged this influence, especially on his YouTube site.
While there are currently no official figures on his monthly or annual income, Lirik currently has 16,000 active subscribers and at $2.50 per subscriber, that’s $40,000 monthly income for Twitch, and the estimated percentage that goes to the streamer would bring Lirik between $3,000 and $5,000 per month.
Why Was He Banned From Twitch?
In September 2018 Lirik was banned from Twitch because of alleged copyright infringement. The lawsuit seemed to have originated from UEFA, the European soccer association. However, after further investigation, it was considered a false allegation, and Lirik’s channel was returned to the platform. Lirik stated that he wanted to take legal action for the suspension, but no development was recorded in this regard.