Darren Watkins Jr., popularly known as IShowSpeed or Speed, is an American YouTuber and social media personality with an estimated net worth of $12-14 million as reported by multiple sources like Social Blade and Net Worth Spot.
Speed first made a name for himself as a gaming YouTuber and was quickly recognized for his live streams. Though Speed rose to fame following the pandemic, he registered his YouTube channel in 2016, where it was inactive for two years until Speed uploaded his first video, which was an NBA 2k18 shoot-around clip. The same year owing to the popularity of Fortnite, Speed tried his hand at the game and tried doing a live stream which did not find a lot of success. Disheartened by this slow start, Speed decided to put his YouTube career on hold and focus on school and playing football for the next couple of years.
Following the pandemic, with nothing else to do and a lot of time on his hands, he decided to give YouTube another shot after being persuaded by a friend as reported by TechieGamers. Speed yet again chose to start with NBA content and this time quickly started gaining attention being one of the handful of streamers making quality NBA 2k20 and 2k21 content. He gained over 150 subscribers weekly, a figure which went up to 1000 subscribers as reported by multiple sources.
Soon, Speed started diversifying his content and played Fortnite and Five Night at Freddy’s, which made his content more live-stream-centric. In less than a year, Speed managed to amass over 1 million subscribers in June 2021 making him one of the fastest-growing YouTubers in the world. He became even more popular following his virality on social media apps like TikTok where his fanbase started uploading snippets of his live streams which became viral in their own right.
Following his success, Speed subsequently moved to Los Angeles with popular Twitch streamer Adin Ross and his appearances in Ross’s streams helped him gain even more subscribers.
Currently, Speed seems to be focusing on his music career having released his debut album, What Else IShowSpeed, which features a lot of the music videos on his channel with a majority of them being viewed over 10 million times.
|Real Name||Darren Watkins Jr.|
|Nick Name||IShowSpeed, Speed|
|DOB (Age)||January 21, 2005 (age 17)|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||65 kg (143.3 lbs)|
|Net worth||$12-14 million|
|Address/Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Subscribers||YouTube - 8.25M subscribers (IShowSpeed)|
2.11M subscribers (Live Speedy)
481K subscribers (Speedy Boykins)
|Total Views||YouTube - 552,303,029 views (IShowSpeed)|
287,836,960 views (Live Speedy)
145,961,436 views (Speedy Boykins)
Speed makes a majority of his earnings from his YouTube channels and their subsequent revenue from AdSense. Apart from that Speed earns a decent amount from sponsorships as well as any tips and donations he may receive from his viewers while live streaming.
Speed has stated depending on the duration of his streams, he can earn anywhere between $75-$200 per upload. Social Blade reports IShowSpeed earns an estimated $16,000 every month on average through revenue via AdSense.
Net Worth Spot estimates IShowSpeed earns an estimated $1.11 million per year from his channel's AdSense factoring that he averages 8.43 million views a month, and around 614.38 thousand views a day. Based on the average amount of $3-$7 that is paid per thousand views, the IShowSpeed YouTube channel can generate an estimated $73,000 thousand a month and over $1 million a year in ad revenue.
Other sources state Speed earns an average of somewhere near $2 million each year from YouTube alone.
Currently, not much information is available regarding IShowSpeed’s expenses in terms of real estate, car collections, or any other assets per se.
A. IShowSpeed has estimated earnings of $500,000-$1 million as reported by various sources. Multiple sources also suggest Speed rakes in over $200,000 every year though this figure is not verified.
A. It is rumored that Speed is a father and has a daughter though no details about her are known and the rumors are yet to be verified.
A. In December 2021, IShowSpeed was invited as a participant in Adin Ross’ live dating show on Twitch. He asked popular social media influencer Ash Kaash if she would get it on with him in order to keep humanity alive if they were the last humans on Earth. Kaash refused and said no to this, following which Speed became visibly aggressive. He proceeded to leave the stream after which he had to be asked to calm down by host Adin Ross. Upon his return to the stream, he started targeting Kaash with sexist insults and then had to be forcibly removed from the stream altogether. This incident was clipped and shared on social media and quickly became viral, which led to Speed receiving a lot of backlash. The very next day, his Twitch account was permabanned.