The famous Twitch channel Critical Role was part of the twitch leaks. With their earnings since 2019 being leaked and showcased 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 become widely adored and soon became one of the top ranked channels on Twitch.
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 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 three is set to start in the latter end of 2021. In some places of the world, the debut of campaign three will even be shown at select theatres! 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 their own stake and hold on the group. With Travis Willingham serving as chief executive offider, Matthew Mercer as chief creative officer, Marisha Ray as creative director and other members of staff who help make Critical Role what it is.
The success of Critical Role
Other than their success on Twitch, the group have 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 have 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.
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. There’s no new release date.
Critical Role earnings leaked on twitch
On the 5th of October, there was a 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, since 2019 up until now have 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 are the top-earning channel on Twitch.
The group have yet to make a statement about this leak, but then again what’s there to be said? The group aren’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 have 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 have gone to show just how adored Critical Role is. And how successful they are as content creators.