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Twitch leaks: Critical Role Twitch earns $9.6M

The popular Dungeons & Dragons group were part of the twitch leaks, revealing their twitch earnings over three years.

Updated: Feb 14, 2022 2:28 pm
Twitch leaks: Critical Role Twitch earns $9.6M

Twitch leaks reveal the Critical Role Twitch channel has earned $9.6M USD over the course of three years alongside the enormous Twitch leak. The famous Dungeons & Dragons players have accumulated an active and adoring fanbase since 2015 when they started airing their first campaign.

With a fantastic cast of Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham and Matthew Mercer as the Dungeon Master. It’s no wonder this group have become as widely adored as they are, and one of the top-ranked channels on Twitch.

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Taliesin Jaffe, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Marisha Ray, Matthew Mercer, Sam Riegal, Ashley Johnson and Liam O’Brien

With an average of 20,000 viewers per stream, 815,000 followers, and a total of 26.2 Million views overall, Critical Role is probably one of the most influential channels out there. Especially when it comes to the increasingly popular Dungeons & Dragons.

Who are Critical Role?

Critical Role is an American web series hosted by professional voice actors. These individuals all meet up and play / stream Dungeons & Dragons. They started airing their usual gaming sessions in 2015, but later the streams became so popular the production levels skyrocketed. Every Thursday, the group would stream on Twitch, later releasing the full-length videos on their YouTube channel. Each episode tends to average at 4 hours.

Campaign one ended in 2017 with a total of 115 episodes.

Campaign two ended in 2021 with a total of 141 episodes.

The third campaign is currently in progress. The stream continues to be widely popular and get increasing numbers of viewers each month.

Critical Role is largely owned by the cast, each of which has its own stake and hold on the group. With Travis Willingham serving as chief executive officer, Matthew Mercer as a chief creative officer, Marisha Ray as creative director, and other members of staff who help make Critical Role what it is.

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Where There Is A Will… | Critical Role | Campaign 2, Episode 138

The success of Critical Role

Other than their success on Twitch, the group has spread across other platforms and markets. What started as a group of friends playing a game they adore has turned into something far greater. The story that was born from the stream has now spread into:

The group has spread themselves far, they create the main form of content but also an astounding collection of merch. But they also host a lot of charity events, often hosting fundraising events.

An new animated Critical Role show

Critical Role launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a 22-minute animation called Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina Animated Special in 2019. The campaign ended with a whopping $11.3M, turning the intended animated special into a ten episodes animated series. 

Can't get enough of Critical Role's The Legend of Vox Machina? Start here -  Polygon

Amazon Prime Video later announced that they acquired streaming rights to the new show and commissioned extra episodes. Including a second season! The project was intended for a later 2020 release but due to the pandemic, this debut was delayed. However, after a long wait, the Legend of Vox Machina is now available to stream to all Amazon Prime members.

Critical Role Twitch earnings leaked

On the 5th of October, there was an enormous twitch data breach. This breach leaked the personal data of millions of users, including passwords, personal information, chat history, and even the earnings of some of Twitch’s top users. That includes the earnings of Critical Role.

It was revealed that Critical Role, from 2019 up until now has made $9,626,712.16.

Meaning that they made nearly $3,208,904.05 per year or $267,408.68 a month. This is solely based on their twitch account, so you can imagine alongside merch, and YouTube revenue, just how much Critical Role is worth. This sum will be based on both donations and subscribers. This number has gone to show that Critical Role is the top-earning channel on Twitch.

The group has yet to make a statement about this leak, but then again what’s there to be said? The group isn’t exactly hoarding the money to themselves and constantly announce new content, merch, and events. All of which are certainly using their earnings as expenditures. Critical Role has always been very fan-leaning and it’s clear they adore their fans, always wanting to please them (even at their own detriment sometimes).

Whether you like them or not, this leak has gone to show just how adored Critical Role is. And how successful they are as content creators.

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