Quit job for streaming on twitch full-time?

Nov 30, 2018 24 Comments

I'm a software engineer with 4 years of experience. I'm in my mid 20's now and losing interest in my job. Ever since I was a kid, I've wasted many a hours playing video games and loved every minute of it because I'm passionate about gaming and I'm good at it.

I have been streaming for a year and half now and make 3x the money than I make as an engineer.

Is it a good idea to quit my job and focus more on my twitch channel? I know I've worked hard to get a college degree but I'm kind of not motivated to go to work because gaming makes me happy and earns me more money while my job is mundane but surely a stable one.

TC: 160k
Twitch and YouTube: 450k

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TOP 24 Comments
  • Sure why not? It makes you happy and you make a decent living.
    Nov 30, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng catburglar
    I call troll.
    Nov 30, 2018 1
  • Hitachi Vantara / Other vetera
    This would have been an easy decision of it were true .
    Nov 30, 2018 2
    • OP
      It's not an easy decision because the money is not guaranteed.

      People can effectively get bored of the game, bored of twitch or there might be companies hiring over pro gamers to stream specific games like official streams.

      And most of the money (all most all of it) I get from subs are from Amazon prime . If people leave out Amazon prime for some reason, then I'm done.

      Also I feel twitch overpays streamerd . It has to eventually stop.
      Nov 30, 2018
    • Hitachi Vantara / Other vetera
      You can always return to Dev. Just keep doing some side project to keep skills fresh.
      Nov 30, 2018
  • Cisco / Eng zGcY85
    If you’re making 450k streaming, go for it. You’re over the initial hump of trying to make enough to survive off of it alone. Milk it till you get tired of that. You can always go back to software.
    Nov 30, 2018 1
    • OP
      Oh I was doing it for fun the first couple of months not expecting anything. Could have made tons more if I were a fortnite player. Missed that bandwagon.
      Nov 30, 2018
  • Oath Dude1
    Troll
    Nov 30, 2018 0
  • Cisco gmann
    Troll
    Nov 30, 2018 0
  • New / Data
    Nullify

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    Nullifymore
    What’s your YouTube channel? Or else we can’t help much
    Nov 30, 2018 3
    • OP
      I run a channel with two other people. It's mostly DoTa
      Nov 30, 2018
    • Microsoft MereDork
      Who the fuck spells it DoTa. Calling bullshit on op.
      Nov 30, 2018
    • OP
      It was a typo. Get over it.
      Nov 30, 2018
  • Amazon PAxv45
    no way
    Nov 30, 2018 1
    • OP
      Don't ask me. Ask bezos how he does it with twitch. Twitch pays so much for even shitty content and I think they are just giving away some of the money prime makes.
      Nov 30, 2018
  • Twitch PoopBandit
    Yeah
    Nov 30, 2018 0
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    How sustainable do you think this career change would be?

    Entertainment tastes are constantly changing.
    Nov 30, 2018 1
    • OP
      Not sure. Last year was great but not sure how it would pan out in the future
      Nov 30, 2018
  • IBM / Mktg nota🐳
    Just thinking about how much free time you have to fuck around at IBM, i am not surprised op has a side hustle
    Nov 30, 2018 1
    • OP
      I stream at night a lot. Sometimes wfh the next day or just go to office at 12
      Nov 30, 2018
  • Amazon transit
    which game u stream?
    Nov 30, 2018 1
    • OP
      DotA , league of legends
      Nov 30, 2018
  • Intel UGeJ58
    Worst case, you quit for a year and could probably return to SW with the reasoning that you made bank doing twitch.
    Nov 30, 2018 0