The world of eSports is continuously growing. According to the latest data, the entire eSports industry has $1 billion in revenue, and it’s projected to increase to $1.6 billion by 2024. Naturally, as the industry continues to develop, video games become more and more popular, and the number of gamers increases.
In today’s time, many gamers enjoy streaming their gameplay and have made a career out of playing video games thanks to platforms like Twitch. Not only that, but some of those gamers are so popular that they can be considered celebrities in the gaming world.
If you’re curious to find out who those gamers are and what type of content they stream, we’ve prepared a list of some of the most popular streamers you can find on Twitch
In terms of sheer follower numbers, no one comes close to Ninja. Ninja has nearly 17 million followers on Twitch and is widely regarded as one of the most influential gamers in the world of eSports.
Ninja rose to fame by streaming Fortnite, a battle royale type of game by Epic Games. As the game became more popular, the number of his followers skyrocketed. Of course, he made sure to make the most of the opportunity and continued to increase his follower count by collaborating with other celebrities like Drake, Marshmello, and even England’s soccer captain, Harry Kane.
On August 1, 2019, Ninja accepted a lucrative deal to switch platforms and start streaming on Mixer. However, the platform shut down shortly after that, and Ninja returned to Twitch. The platform allowed him to retain his followers, solidifying his spot as the most followed streamer on Twitch. Nowadays, he can be seen streaming games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Final Fantasy XI Online.
Tfue began his career streaming games like Call of Duty, H1Z1, and Destiny. However, similar to Ninja, he found major success only after he began streaming Fortnite in 2018, which was massively popular at the time.
Tfue quickly rose to fame due to his skills and competitive personality. Shortly after he started streaming Fortnite, he was also invited to join the FaZe Clan and become a member of their Fortnite roster. He played in numerous tournaments throughout his career, often placing first together with teammates like Cloakzy and Scoped.
Even though Tfue doesn’t stream Fortnite anymore, he is still one of the most popular streamers on Twitch with 10.6 million followers. You can often find him live on his Twitch channel playing games like Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Grand Theft Auto V.
Raúl Álvarez Genes, known by his online alias AuronPlay, is a content creator from Spain. Even though he streams in Spanish, the “language barrier” didn’t stop him from becoming the third biggest channel on Twitch and the third most popular YouTube creator in Spain.
Believe it or not, Auron started his Twitch channel in September 2019. Currently, AuronPlay has around 10 million followers. When he’s live on Twitch, Raúl often streams Minecraft. However, it is not just the gameplay that attracts the audience, and many viewers tune in to enjoy his antics with his friends and share a laugh.
Rubius is often regarded as “the biggest streamer you don’t know about.” Just like AronPlay, Rubius streams in Spanish, and just like his fellow Spaniard, Rubius is also a proud owner of one of the biggest Twitch and YouTube channels in Spain.
Unlike most streamers on our list, Rubius doesn’t stick to a single game and enjoys a wide variety of games. Some of the games he streams the most are Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto V, and Webbed. However, you will often find him streaming new releases. In addition, you can often watch him play chess full-time or in-between other games.
Recently, Rubius overtook streamers like xQc and Pokimane and is currently the fourth most popular streamer on Twitch. At the moment, he has 9.8 million followers on the platform and even managed to draw in 73,000 concurrent viewers during his YT Battle Royale stream.
Shroud is one of the most respected streamers on Twitch and is often regarded as one of the best aimers in the world. Before becoming a full-time streamer, he played professional CS:GO for Cloud9.
During his career, Shroud won numerous tournaments, and some of his biggest achievements in CS:GO include winning ESL Pro League Season 4 and placing second at the ESL One: Cologne 2017, after which he retired. Even though he doesn’t stream CS:GO anymore, Shroud is still in love with the FPS genre, so you will often see him play games like Valorant, Call of Duty: Warzone, or Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
Apart from FPS games, he streams and plays games like Icarus or Conan Exiles. At the moment, he is the fifth most popular streamer on Twitch, with 9.6 million followers.
Becoming successful on Twitch is not an easy task. You will often need exceptional skills, a great personality, and a little bit of luck.
However, an important thing to remember is that neither of these players was famous from the start. Instead, they had to work their way up. Therefore, if you ever decide to give Twitch a try, make sure to stay diligent and work hard to grow your viewer base.