Darren Watkins aka IShowSpeed, or Speed, is a 17-year-old American Youtuber and content creator from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Speed has amassed a huge following online over the past few years, acquiring 8.9 million subscribers on YouTube and 6.3 million TikTok subscribers, despite only posting 7 videos.
How the hell did the teenager become famous and how much is he worth now?
What is the net worth of IShowSpeed?
As of 2022, IShowSpeed is estimated to have an impressive net worth of $500,000.
In a Q&A, he also mentioned that he makes around $75 to $200 per stream depending on the length, which is an amazing income for someone his age.
But Speed’s wealth doesn’t just come from its social media presence.
The 17-year-old has also released music, with his song Shake, Pt 2 getting an astonishing 14.7 million streams on Spotify.
Even his song God Is Good has 2 million streams although the chorus is him celebrating a Fortnite victory royale with the phrase “God is good”, followed by an incomprehensible noise.
How did IShowSpeed succeed?
Before YouTube, Speed worked in a nursing home delivering food to the elderly, he only entered YouTube because he was bored during lockdown in 2020.
After his channel became a huge hit, he never looked back, but why was Speed so popular?
The YouTuber really started getting subscribers when he started making videos on NBA2k20 and NBA2k21because he was one of the only people to broadcast quality streams of basketball games.
IShowSpeed even mentioned some tips for new content creators by mentioning how very important it is to both be different and know what your strength is.
Speed really took this idea of having a unique style to the next level as his videos started to get weirder and more ridiculous and his subscribers got bigger and bigger.
A large portion of his followers come from TikTok, as other users constantly repost his Twitch and YouTube streams across the platform.
The YouTube celebrity is often seen screaming and smashing things, while making absurd faces, when he loses a match. His latest obsession was football and Fifa, specifically Cristiano Ronaldo.
Darren Watkins has certainly had one hell of a life thus far, and his career will be one to watch in the years to come.