We all have our favourite streamers. From those that wonder the world and share their experiences in IRL streaming, to those who grind your favourite game, to those niche hidden gems creating some really unique content. However when, it comes to who is the biggest, the stats don’t lie. With the streaming world’s biggest stars racking up millions of hours watched each month – and making some big bucks in the process – it has become one of the fastest growing and most lucrative entertainment forms.
2020 has already been a bumper year for streaming news. From high-profile bans, to platforms shutting down, to more massive exclusivity deals, it’s been a landmark year for the industry. But which streamers have managed to navigate these choppy waters and come out on top as the biggest streamers in the world right now?
Here, we brush past all the drama to have a statistical look at the biggest personalities this year when it comes to followers, subscribers, and earnings. Let’s crunch those numbers.
Who are the biggest streamers?
Streaming platforms like Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming are home to streamers with followings that many mainstream celebrities can only dream of having. The most popular streamers have follower counts that surpass the populations of countries.
Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins leads the way by a long stretch when it comes to the biggest following on a streaming platform. With 16 million followers, his notoriety as the world’s most famous gamer is definitely not misplaced.
Now that he has returned to Twitch from Mixer and penned a deal to stream there exclusively, he has been reinstated to our followers leaderboard, where he will likely remain the top dog for many months – and maybe years – to come.
The same goes for Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek, who has returned to stream full-time on Twitch once again after the collapse of Mixer. While there’s no official announcement of a streaming deal for Shroud yet, he has been consistently streaming since he came back.
However, Shroud’s follower count of over 8 million isn’t as high as Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, who recently crossed the nine million follower mark on his Twitch channel.
One name missing from the list that you might expect is Guy ‘Dr DisRespect’ Beahm. While his Twitch channel had racked up over 4.4 million followers, he is now inactive on the platform after receiving a permanent ban.
Dr DisRespect now streams on YouTube Gaming, and we’ve decided to leave off streamers that go live on YouTube from this leaderboard. While subscribers, which are equivalent to Twitch followers on the platform, are a good measure of a streamer’s following, there’s no separation of those who subscribe on YouTube for livestreaming content and those who follow for video content.
Read more: What is Tfue’s net worth?
Lots of followers doesn’t always equal having a community of devout fans willing to become paying subscribers, though. Let’s see who tops the charts in that department.
Which streamer has the most subscribers on Twitch?
Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel is currently the most subscribed to streamer on Twitch with over 55,000 subs.
Who are the highest earning streamers?
The highest earning streamers are thought to be:
- Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins ($400k – $800k per month)
- Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek (estimated $150k – $200k per month)
- Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar (estimated $100k – $125k per month)
For streamers, there are many ways to earn some serious cash from their livestreams. Whether it’s from ad revenue, subscriptions, or donations, for those at the top of their game streaming can become a million dollar profession.
Although streamers rarely disclose exactly how much they earn, we can estimate their earnings from their subscriber counts, average viewers, and other statistics.
Ninja has probably seen his income from streaming take a substantial hit since moving to Mixer and streaming infrequently after the platform shut down.
However, now that he is recently signed an exclusivity deal with Twitch, he will likely be streaming regularly to tens of thousands of viewers yet again, putting his monthly streaming earnings back up to where they used to be.
Note that this figure is their estimated earnings from Twitch/Mixer statistics alone and doesn’t include income from other sources such as YouTube revenue, sponsorship deals, or the sizeable payout he and Shroud received when Mixer went under.
Which streamer has the highest net worth?
- Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins: $15 -20 million
- Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek: $8 – 12 million
- Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar: $6 million +
Streamers are quickly becoming some of the most influential and popular celebrity figures out there, even ahead of the usual music artists, sports personalities, and reality TV stars.
With that popularity comes opportunities to make a lot of money from not only streaming but sponsorship deals, merch, book releases, and more.
Ninja is, without a shadow of a doubt, the streamer with the highest net worth. His popularity has seen him secure sponsorship with the likes of Red Bull and Adidas, create his own line of merchandise and even write a book.
A recent article by Forbes also claims that Ninja earned $17 million dollars in total during 2019.
Reports also suggest that Ninja’s multi-year deal to stream exclusively on Mixer earned him at least $20 million over the course of the contract. On top of that recent payday, Ninja has now penned another streaming deal with Twitch.
Shroud also dropped Twitch for Mixer last year, but his massive popularity on his old platform for the majority of 2019 meant he earned $12 million dollars, according to the same Forbes article. While his contract with Mixer probably wasn’t as valuable as Ninja’s, it was likely knocking on the door of $10 million.
Both Ninja and Shroud had their contracts payed out in full when Mixer shut down in July 2020.
One of the community’s favourite streamers, TimTheTatman, is thought to have a net worth between $6-8 million. He is frequently in the top ten streamers in terms of subscriptions and rakes in tens of thousands of viewers to his channel where he mainly plays Call of Duty: Warzone. Forbes believes his 2019 earnings to be toward the higher end of his net worth estimation.