Ever since Twitch got acquired by Amazon in 2014, the live streaming platform has received a lot of attention. As of last January, Twitch had an average daily viewership of 962,000 users, which exceeded 2017 daily viewership of both MSNBC and CNN.
With all of these viewers, the immediate question that comes to the minds of most people is… who is driving all of this traffic? Social analytics platforms have been doing a great job of tracking this, and we have adapted some of their findings to give you a high-level overview of the most popular gamers on Twitch. Here are some of the top gaming streamers on Twitch as of January 11, 2019, according to data sourced from Socialblade…
Ninja – Followers: 13,069,271 Channel Views: 403,433,700
Tyler Blevins (Ninja) is by far the most popular streamer of video games. His popularity goes beyond the gaming community; he has even appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show! He has a significant following outside of Twitch as well, including fan bases on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. His followers like him so much that there is even a leaderboard on his Twitch profile, showing how many viewers have gifted Ninja Twitch subscriptions. As of this writing, the top gifter, REX12_3, has gifted 850 subscriptions!
Source: https://www.twitch.tv/ninja and social profiles
Shroud – Followers: 5,132,230 Channel Views: 258,908,239
California-based Michael Grzesiek, better known as “Shroud”, is a former professional player of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). He currently streams on Twitch, and has a library of nearly 1,000 videos that consist of an assortment of content ranging from gameplay to “just chatting”, as Grzesiek’s puts it.
Source: https://www.twitch.tv/shroud and social profiles
Tsm_myth – Followers: 4,682,869 Channel Views: 66,542,565
Based in the United States, Myth plays on the TSM fortnite team, and has spent much time of his 19 years playing video games, having started around age four or five. He has amassed his impressive following in a very short time, having only started streaming on May 14, 2016. Based on the banners in his profile, he has a fondness for both Dr. Pepper soft drinks, and Chipotle.
Source: https://www.twitch.tv/tsm_myth and social profiles
Tfue – Followers: 4,352,350 Channel Views: 71,940,483
Fortnite streamer Turner Tenney, who goes by the handle Tfue, plays on the FaZe Clan team, who are 18-time champions. Tfue caters to his computer nerd fans by boasting about the specifications of his streaming PC and his gaming PC on his Twitch profile. If you can believe it, his gaming PC has the Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080Ti GPU, which costs more than $800 USD. Tfue also attained his one millionth follower on Twitter on January 10, 2019.
Source: https://www.twitch.tv/tfue and social profiles
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1 – https://www.businessinsider.com/twitch-is-bigger-than-cnn-msnbc-2018-
2 – https://socialblade.com/twitch/top/10/followers
3 – https://variety.com/2018/gaming/news/fortnite-ninja-ellen-degeneres-show-1202978334/