We all have our favourite streamers. You might enjoy watching moments of skill from Shroud or getting some hilarious life lessons from DrDisRespect. Your own taste will determine who you think the best streamer is. However, when it comes to the argument over who the biggest streamers are, the stats don’t lie. Have all the opinions you want but you can’t alter the figures.
2019 has been a rollercoaster year for streaming. It’s seen the world’s most followed streamer switch platforms – from Twitch to Mixer – unexpected explosions in popularity for a certain lucky few streamers, and some of the most established streamers have been overtaken in popularity by a new wave of gamers.
Here, we look past all the drama to have an objective look at the biggest personalities this year when it comes to followers, subscribers, and earnings statistics. Let’s crunch those numbers.
Who are the biggest streamers?
Twitch and Mixer 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 population of countries.
Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is by far the most notable and famous streamer in the world, with his stardom spilling out from the gaming community and into the mainstream.
Even though he is technically the owner of the most followed Twitch channel in the world, it lays dormant following his move to rival platform Mixer.
These days, Ninja still has a sizeable number of followers (2.6 million, in fact) but this is a fraction of the huge community he left behind and isn’t enough to rival the follower count of the names on our list.
Similarly, Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek also made the switch from Twitch to Mixer in October 2019. He was second on the most-followed Twitch list with 7.1 million followers, but now only has 790,000 followers on Mixer.
As a result, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney is now the most followed active streamer on Twitch.
Read more: What is Tfue’s net worth?
However, lots of followers doesn’t always equal having a community of devout fans willing to become paying subscribers.
Which streamer has the most subscribers?
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 slight hit after his move to Mixer, but his massive Twitch streams from early in 2019 before the move mean he’s almost certainly brought in the most money.
Shroud has a total of 206 million hours viewed so far this year, although again, this is likely to have taken a hit since his move to Mixer.
Summit1g comes in just below Shroud, with 178 million hours viewed and is lower down the subscribers leaderboard in 12th.
Note that this figure is their estimated earnings from Twitch/Mixer statistics alone and doesn’t include income from other sources such as YouTube or sponsorship deals.
Which streamer has the highest net worth?
- Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins: $12 – $15 million
- Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar: $5.5 – $7.5 million
- Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar: $4 – $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, all contributing to his $10 million dollar estimated net worth.
Summit1g is one of the most watched channels on Twitch and is the sixth most followed streamer on the platform. He has over 16,000 subscribers and is also sponsored by big brands such as energy drinks company Monster. All of this combined means Summit1g has a net worth in the region of $5.5 – $7.5 million.
One of the community’s favourite streamers, TimTheTatman, is thought to have a net worth between $4 – $6 million. Despite occasionally dabbling in other titles, his Fortnite streams playing alongside other very popular names such as Ninja help to pull in the viewers. He is currently the tenth most subscribed-to streamer on Twitch.