Twitch continues growing through 2019, averaging over 1.2 million concurrent viewers watching over 50,000 concurrent livestreams at any given moment.
With this large of an audience, it’s only natural that the cream rise to the top, with a handful of Twitch streamers drawing in massive audiences and views that rival Hollywood productions.
Gaming is popular among every age group, but younger generations especially enjoy watching others (especially outside their own family) play games online. I’ve hardly been to a mom’s house with a young son who didn’t love these videos.
Check out the top stars to watch on Twitch this year.
Real Name: Guy Beahm
Followers: 2.7 Million
If you don’t already know The Doc, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by his over-the-top personality and look. He’s a fan of MOBA and Battle Royale games, and he’s one of the most crowd-pleasing players in the game – like watching Earl Hickey IRL.
Real Name: Saqib Zahid
Followers: 2.3 Million
Sabiq “LIRIK” Zahid is one of the richest people on Twitch, and this is because he knows how to engage his audience to tip him. He’s clearing a high six-figure income just off that, much less the endorsements. Brands love playing with Zahid because he always delivers on-brand messaging.
Real Name: Kristen Valnicek
Followers: 1 Million
Women gamers don’t get enough respect, and Kristen “KittyPlays” Valnicek is changing all that. She’s a tough player to beat, and this pony isn’t settling for one trick. Aside from gaming videos, you can also find her vlogs covering all sorts of topics, from cooking to supercars.
Real Name: Ali Kabbani
Followers: 4.2 Million
Fortnite draws massive crowds, and Ali “tsm-myth” Kabbani is one of the most popular rising stars in that game. Known as perhaps the best Fornite player in the world, he even took on Twitch golden child Ninja in a head-to-head battle.
Real Name: Imane Anys
Followers: 2.1 Million
Cam models really pushed into Twitch, and some hardcore gamers aren’t happy about it. Imane “Pokimane” Anys is definitely the biggest female star on the platform, and she does a great job of balancing gameplay with vlogging, although she definitely leans more toward instafame than skill.
Real Name: Tyler Steinkamp
Followers: 1.8 Million
Tyler “loltyler1” Steinkamp is one of the best League of Legends players on the planet. Unfortunately he’s also infamous for being one of the most toxic, and he amazingly has been banned from LoL for being toxic. Holy crap is it an accomplishment to be recognized in that toxic community as a problem. Catch him before he’s banned again.
Real Name: Tom Cassell
Followers: 2.6 Million
Tom “Syndicate” Cassell was the first gamer to reach a million streams on Twitch. Now he’s running his own business based on his Twitch fame, making moves similar to Pokimane and social media influencers of the modern age.
Real Name: Jaryd Lazar
Followers: 3.3 Million
Before Ninja was the biggest name in gaming, Jaryd “Summit1G” Lazar was the most-streamed player on Twitch. He’s still one of the top professional gamers on the planet, representing team Mythic as of late.
Real Name: Tyler Blevins
Followers: 12 Million
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is easily the most recognizable name on Twitch. This former professional Halo player associated with Luminosity gaming regularly brings celebrities in to stream with him and is worth an estimated $4 million in 2019. That’s what 413+ million streams gets you.
Real Name: Michael Grzesiek
Followers: 4.3 Million
He’s far behind Ninja in views (273 million) and followers, but Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek is arguably a more entertaining Twitch streamer to watch. Check out this underrated millionaire gamer playing Apex Legends, The Culling, PUBG, H1Z1, and Tom Clancy shooters
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