eSport Streamers

Top eSport Streamers

eSport Streamer Overview

Just 10 short years ago the thought that someone could not only make a living, but become a millionaire with millions of adoring fans by just broadcasting themselves playing videogames was unthinkable.

What we didn’t know then, however, was that live streaming technology was about to turn a major corner, and in doing so would birth a new generation of content creation. While YouTube created the amateur short film maker, Twitch created the live streaming gamer. 

When it comes to discussing the best eSports streamers, we can’t focus on any one particular game. Fortnite, for example, is only just starting to become an eSport, yet has been the number one streamed game on Twitch for over 18 months. It makes sense, then, that Fortnite’s most famous streamer, known for his magnetic personality and friendly antics, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, ended up becoming one of the most famous and most highly paid live streaming gamers the world has seen so far.

Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazard of Counter Srike: Global Offensive fame found himself in a similar situation, and hundreds of thousands of viewers every week. Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek, also of CS:GO fame, left life as a pro eAthlete to focus on content creation on Twitch, as did Michael ‘Imaqtpie’ Santana, who used to be a professional League of Legends player.

Top Twitch Stars

As with all forms of celebrity, eSports streaming isn’t always about skill. Some Twitch streamers’ claim to fame is their personality and ability to entertain their audiences. Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp, for example became infamous for his loud outbursts on his League of Legends live streams.

Timothy ‘TimTheTatMan’ Betar, on the other hand made a name for himself as the ‘good guy’ of gaming, using his magnetic personality and uplifting messages of kindness to build his audience. Then there are people like Guy ‘Dr DisRespect’ Beahm, who chose to create a whole on-screen character to portray while streaming.

Top Twitch Channel

Individual content creators aren’t the only people running Twitch channels. Some of Twitch’s biggest and most popular channels are run by game publishers and tournament organisers. The Riot Games channel, for example, is the ultimate destination to watch almost any League of Legends events you could think of. The ESL_CSGO and ELEAGUE_TV channels, for instance, stream all of the top-tier Counter Strike: Global Offensive events and tournaments that they organise.

PlayOverwatch acts as the official source for high-level Overwatch gameplay, and you can even watch premier tournaments and events like the Overwatch League (OWL) and Overwatch World Cup on it. Finally, Dota2TI is the main channel for the largest Dota 2 tournament, and one of the largest eSport events in the world, The International.

Streamers

Ninja

Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is arguably the biggest gaming-based social media influencer the world has seen so far. With a strong foundation in professional eSports, Ninja transitioned from eAthlete to full-time Twitch streamer in 2017, and the sky has been the limit ever since.

Shroud

Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek went from a quiet kid from Ontario, Canada, to one of eSports’ and Live Stream Gaming’s hugest stars. Born in June of 1994, Shroud spent the first twenty years of his life in relative obscurity, until joining Cloud 9 in 2014 and being catapulted to eSports superstar status.

Tfue

Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney has been described as the “Jake Paul of gaming”. Originally featuring on his brother’s YouTube channel, JOOGSQUAD in pranks and sports videos, he went on to start his own YouTube channel focused on gaming. He then ended up becoming a Twitch streamer, and has risen to one of gaming’s most talked about influencers.

Imaqtpie

Michael ‘Imaqtpie’ Santana’s choice of screen-name will ring surprisingly familiar to many who are familiar with popular streamers, as it resembles the nickname of another Internet icon: Pewdiepie. Imaqtpie belongs to a very different breed of streamers, as he became famous online as an accomplished League of Legends player.

Dr Disrespect

Dr DisRespect was right from the start a name that inspired a mix of curiosity, concern and enthusiasm. Hershey Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm is one of the celebrity streamers who didn’t base their online persona on an outstanding career as professional gamers.

Tyler1

The story of Tyler1, is quite extraordinary, although the guy himself is controversial to say the least. Love him or hate him, Tyler Steinkamp, known mostly as “loltyler1”, is an Internet personality and a well-known League of Legends streamer from North America.

Summit1g

The very idea of making money online by streaming video games, played casually or professionally, passed through three distinct phases: First it was dismissed as nonsense, then intensely debated and bashed by naysayers, and in the end, it was embraced as being self-evident.

TSM_Myth

Myth is a Fortnite specialist and leader of Team SoloMid. Though he’s considered one of the game’s best players, he’s known for not trying particularly hard in his Twitch stream. He plays a lot, but he prefers to relax and fool around, and thus his stats are kind of abysmal for a high-level pro.

How much money do popular Twitch streamers make?

Twitch streamers, on average, usually stream for around 50 hours a week. It isn’t just because they love video games, either. Streamers need to commit as much time to streaming as they would to any other job, in fact the most successful streamers tend to commit much more than someone would at a regular job. Streamers generally make the bulk of their money from Twitch subscriptions, which start at $4.99 and can go all the way up to $24.99. A regular streamer receives half of that amount, but streamers as popular as ones listed above enjoy better terms and up to 90% of each subscription.

The numbers can be misleading, because the prospect of getting just $2.50 per subscription doesn’t look like much before we put things into perspective. The most popular Twitch channels have developed massive followings and have millions of Twitch followers. Even if they only convert a fraction of them into subscribers, they can make a living exclusively on the money made off streaming games. And this is without including other sources of income, such as ad revenue, brand deals, prize winnings, and monthly salaries for joining a team.