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Reaching the top of Twitch takes time, dedication, and strategy. The most famous Twitch streamers have some impressive stats, but ranking them accurately depends on the criteria. A list of the “Top 10 Most Popular Twitch Streamers” will look radically different when listed by total followers, total watch hours, or even most concurrent viewers over the last 30 days.
Below, we will break down the biggest Twitch streamers by different ranking criteria.
You might think that every “Top Twitch Streamer” list should be the same. For example, if Ninja (The most-followed Twitch streamer) is the biggest, then he should be ranked #1 — plain and simple.
However, while Ninja is #1 in subs, he’s not even in the top 10 when it comes to total watch hours.
How could that be?
Well, it might mean that more of Ninja’s followers aren’t as “loyal,” or that they don’t view his streams for very long when compared to the followers of other streamers. In general, this could mean that more of Ninja’s followers don’t use Twitch very often, or even that his subs don’t find his streams as interesting as other top Twitch streamers.
That’s why, although Ninja is #1 in subs, some people might want to see a list of the top 10 streamers on Twitch that reflect other metrics.
Below, we will take a look at the following “Top Streamer” lists:
Ranking Twitch streamers by total subscribers is the most traditional way of ranking the top streamers on Twitch. You will find a list of the most followed Twitch streamers below:
Number of followers: ~18 million
Ninja is the #1 most-subbed Twitch streamer. Even people who have never used Twitch have probably heard his alias “Ninja” before. That’s because he is not only a Twitch streamer, but a YouTuber, professional gamer, and internet personality.
Ninja got his start streaming Halo 3 and gained significant notoriety when he began playing Fortnite in 2017.
Number of followers: ~11 million
Coming in at #2 on the list is Tfue — another Fortnite player. Tfue is regarded as one of the best players of Fortnite ever and has a substantial following. He got his start in 2014, and in 2018, Tfue joined the FaZe clan, a professional esports organization.
Number of followers: 11 million
Rubius is a Spanish-Norwegian gamer who, although he has the 5th largest number of subs on Twitch, is actually more popular on YouTube, where he has over 38 million subscribers. Rubius also holds the record for the first individual streamer to break a million concurrent viewers on YouTube Live while playing Fortnite.
Number of followers: ~10 million
Formerly known as mEclipse, shroud is an impressive Canadian streamer and YouTuber known best for playing FPS (first-person shooter) games such as CS:GO, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Apex Legends, Escape from Tarkov, and Valorant. Before being known as a streamer, shroud was a professional CS:GO player.
Number of followers: ~7.5 million
Myth, otherwise known as TSM Myth, is an American streamer and professional Fortnite player. In addition to being a famous Twitch streamer, Ali has over 4 million followers on his YouTube channel. He began his Twitch career in 2016. Originally, he played the Epic Games’ Paragon. His popularity skyrocketed once he began streaming Fortnite, another Epic Games creation.
Number of followers: ~7.5 million
Timothy Betar is an American Twitch streamer and internet personality best known for playing games such as CS:GO, Overwatch, Fortnite, and WoW (World of Warcraft). He is a Monster Energy esports athlete and is additionally sponsored by Audio-Technica. TimTheTatman got his start on Twitch in 2014.
Number of followers: ~9 million
Pokimane, the first woman on the list, is a Canadian-Moroccan Twitch streamer and Youtuber best known for streaming League of Legends and Fortnite. She got her start in 2017 and has since grown exponentially to become one of the top-ten most-followed Twitch streamers as well as the #1 most-followed female Twitch streamer. In 2018, Pokimane won The Shorty Awards’ “Best Twitch Streamer of the year” award for her gameplay and commentary.
Number of followers: ~6.5 million
Jaryd Russell Lazar is an American Twitch streamer and retired professional CS:GO player. In the past, he has played for A51 and Mythic. At one time, in 2018, Summit1g was the most-followed channel on the Twitch platform. In 2020, he signed a multi-year contract with Twitch.tv.
Number of followers: ~6.5 million
While Riot Games can’t be called a “Twitch streamer” as it is a video game developer company, it still has the 10th-most subs out of any Twitch channel. Riot Games is best known for creating League of Legends (LoL), an extremely popular game for Twitch streamers. On their channel, they almost exclusively stream professional LoL players and teams in tournaments and events.
Number of followers: ~5 million
Dakotaz is an American streamer and YouTuber from Michigan who is best-known for streaming Fortnite. While most popular streamers show their face while they play games, Dakotaz is known for rarely showing his face. While, in the past, Dakotaz would stream games such as Infestation: Survivor Stories or H1Z1, he now almost exclusively plays Fortnite.
In this list, we will be using total watch hours for our ranking criteria. This way, you can see how radically different this list looks from the above list. We are ranking Twitch channels of organizations alongside individual streamers for the most hours watched in the 30-day period from August 8th-September 8th, 2020.
Take a look at the top 5 most-watched Twitch channels in the last 30 days below:
Hours watched: 12.6 million
Félix Lengyel, otherwise known as xQcOW, or xQc, is a Canadian Twitch streamer and former professional Overwatch player. Félix used to play for the Dallas Fuel in the Overwatch League before being released over repeated controversy. He also played for Team Canada in the Overwatch World Cup in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Félix has found himself in a number of controversies that have landed him with a number of suspensions and bans.
Hours watched: 10.1 million
Games Done Quick is a semiannual speedrun charity marathon. The gaming events held by Games Done Quick have raised money for several charities since 2010. These events are broadcast live on Twitch where viewers are encouraged to donate for incentives such as choosing the video game character’s name in the speed run. Games Done Quick has raised over 25 million dollars across 25 events.
Hours watched: 9.47 million
Gaules is a Portugues language streamer and former professional CS:GO player. He was the first coach to be world champion in 2007 with the MIBR and has substantial support from his Twitch subs.
Hours watched: 9.23 million
NICKMERCS is a competitive streamer who plays with the professional esports FaZe Clan. He has held several world records in Fortnite and regularly competes professionally. He also has a substantial YouTube following.
Hours watched: 8.9 million
As mentioned in the above list, shroud is an impressive Canadian streamer and the only Twitch streamer to appear in both this list and the above list of top Twitch streamers.
Formerly known as mEclipse, shroud is an impressive Canadian streamer and YouTuber known best for playing FPS games.
Number of subs: 5.4 million
Pokimane, or Imane Anys, is by far the most-followed female Twitch streamer and is generally adored by her subs. She was also chosen as one of 15 Twitch ambassadors for the 2018 TwitchCon event. Imane is a Canadian-Moroccan Twitch streamer and Youtuber best known for her commentary and gameplay of League of Legends and Fortnite.
Loserfruit (Kathleen Belsten)
Number of subs: 1.9 million
Loserfruit, or Kathleen Belsten, is the second-most subbed female Twitch streamer. Kathleen is an Australian streamer based in Melbourne, Victoria. She is famous for her Overwatch and Fortnite streams, but she has played a long list of titles.
Number of subs: 1.7 million
Amouranth, or Kaitlyn Siragusa, is a Houston-based cosplayer, live-streamer, and model. She began cosplaying in 2010 while she was still in highschool. Since then, she started her own character company for children’s entertainment. She has also found herself in a bit of controversy earning herself a number of bans from Twitch. One of which was due to unknowingly exposing herself multiple times during a Twitch stream.
Number of subs: 1.4 million
Lily is an American Twitch streamer, musician, and YouTube personality. She gained the most popularity in 2011 when she released her song “I’ll Quit LoL” which ammassed over 7.4 million views. Her Twitch streaming content consists primarily of League of Legends, IRL content, art, and music.
Number of subs: 1.2 million
Loeya is a 22-year-old Twitch streamer from Sweden who is best known for playing shooter games such as CS:GO and Fortnite. Her streaming career began in July 2017, and since that time she has amassed over 1.2 million subs.
The popularity of Twitch streamers can change rapidly. Someone who is among “the greats” of Twitch today could quickly be forgotten (or banned) tomorrow. For example Dr. Disrespect, an extremely popular Twitch streamer would have come close to making our list, but now his Twitch account is permanently suspended for unexplained reasons.
Whether rising or falling, the popularity of Twitch streamers on the platform can change rapidly. We have already examined the most-followed streamers, the most-viewed streamers, and the most popular female streamers — but who is the fastest growing Twitch streamer today?
Shroud is the only streamer that made it to both the most-viewed and most-followed lists. In just the last 30 days, shroud has been able to amass almost a million new subscribers (975,000 new subs.) The streamer that comes closest to shroud in terms of growth in the last 30 days is Kuyomii who has grown nearly half a million subs (497,000.)
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