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 every month – and making some big bucks in the process – it has become one of the fastest growing and most lucrative entertainment forms.
The last couple of years have been packed with massive news in the streaming industry. From high-profile bans, platforms shutting down, more massive exclusivity deals, and record-smashing streams, it’s been a landmark period for the industry. But who has managed to navigate these choppy waters and come out on top as one of the biggest Twitch streamers in the world right now?
Here, we brush past all the drama to have a statistical look at the biggest personalities on Twitch when it comes to followers, subscribers, and earnings. Let’s crunch those numbers.
Who are the biggest Twitch streamers?
Ninja, Tfue, and Shroud are currently the biggest streamers in terms of their follower count on Twitch.
Below is a table of the top ten Twitch streamers according to their follower count.
The most popular streamers on Twitch 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 nearly 17 million followers, his notoriety as the world’s most famous gamer is definitely not misplaced.
In second place is Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, who was catapulted to fame in the Fortnite boom of 2018 and continues to draw huge crowds on Twitch playing Minecraft and Warzone.
In third is one of the veterans of the streaming game, Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek. The former CS:GO pro is widely known for his insane skill, especially in first-person shooters.
One name missing from the list that you might expect is Guy ‘Dr DisRespect’ Beahm. Despite being one of the planet’s most recognisable gamers, Dr DisRespect now streams on YouTube Gaming after receiving a permanent ban from Twitch.
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?
Ludwig, Ranboo, and xQc are the streamers with the most Twitch subscribers, at the time of writing.
Below is a table of the top ten streamers in terms of their current Twitch subscriptions.
This is subscriber data pulled from Twitch Tracker. It is worth noting that some streamers keep their subscriber data hidden, but these are the top ten from the available data at the time of writing.
The current stats are also slightly skewed by Ludwig ‘Ludwig’ Ahgren, who is currently holding a ‘Subathon’ on Twitch. For every sub earned, the duration of his stream will increase by ten seconds. This has attracted an abnormal number of subs to his channel.
As a result of this subathon, Lugwig now holds the record for the most subs on Twitch.
Who are the highest earning Twitch streamers?
The highest earning streamers are thought to be:
- Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins ($400k – $800k per month)
- Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek (estimated $150k – $200k per month)
- Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff (estimated $100k – $150 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.
Outside of their earnings from Twitch streams, many streamers also make income from contracts with esports organisations, sponsorships, merch sales, and much more.
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.
An article by Forbes also claims that Ninja earned $17 million dollars in total during 2019 alone.
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.