Despite now sitting fifth in the list of the most followed active streamers on Twitch, there was a time when Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar was the top dog.
In the final weeks of 2017, Summit1g found himself at the top of the pile on Twitch when he surpassed Tom ‘Syndicate’ Cassell’s follower count. However, his reign as the king of Twitch only lasted a short while, as just a couple of months later, the Fortnite boom saw Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins rise to unprecedented success. Now, Summit1g has reacted to a timelapse graph showing Ninja’s unrivalled and rapid popularity that saw him dethroned as Twitch’s most followed streamer.
The infographic by Data Is Beautiful – which shows the ten most followed channels on the platform from March 2014 until October 2019 – highlights Ninja’s meteoric rise as he sails past other big streamers like Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek and Saqib ‘Lirik’ Zahid before taking the top spot and tanking his way to a so far unbeatable follower count of over 14 million.
Summit1g firstly observes a rise in followers for both himself and Shroud in early 2018, attributing it to the popularity of PUBG at the time. But then Ninja appears on the graph, and swiftly moves up the list.
“Look at Ninja!” Summit1g exclaims. “Oh my god! Oh my god, that’s so gross… For years, chat – I don’t think you understand – but for years we were just chilling. And then for one year, Ninja is just like fucking through everybody.”
Summit1g continues to watch the graph as other streamers from the “Fortnite era,” such as Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, and Brett ‘Dakotaz’ Hoffman, also fly up the list and establish themselves as Twitch’s top stars.
With 4.13 million followers, Summit1g continues to be one of Twitch’s most watched and popular streamers. And while a new report from Newzoo and Streamlabs suggests Fortnite watch time on Twitch fell in the second half of 2019, the likes of Tfue and Myth continue to increase their followings.