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 look 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?
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Streaming platforms like Twitch, YouTube Gaming, Facebook Gaming, 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 populations 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. Even Ninja’s Mixer channel is now redundant after the streaming platform revealed it was shutting down in June 2020.
Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek is in a similar boat, having 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 is now without a streaming platform like Ninja after Mixer folded.
Dr DisRespect was one of Twitch’s most followed streamers, but was mysteriously given a permanent ban from the platform for reasons no one knows for sure yet. This means his channel is no longer active and, therefore, doesn’t make the list.
As a result, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney is now the most followed active livestreamer on the planet with over 8.5 million followers 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?
Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff is currently the most subscribed to streamer on Twitch with over 50,000 paying viewers.
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.
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: $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 will earn him at least $20 million over the course of the contract. The length of the contract – and therefore how much Ninja has already earned from it – is not confirmed.
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 won’t be quite as valuable as Ninja’s, it will likely be knocking on the door of $10 million.
One of the community’s favourite streamers, TimTheTatman, is thought to have a net worth between $6-8 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. Forbes estimate his 2019 earnings to be toward the higher end of his net worth estimation.