The annual Esports Awards signal the winding-down of the gaming year, and the world’s biggest names in esports, streaming, and casting will be descending on the Esports Stadium Arlington in Texas tomorrow, November 16, in the hope of scooping a prize.
2019 has arguably been the craziest year yet for streaming, from the massive numbers of viewers, to the Twitch vs Mixer battle, to the rise of IRL content. It’s seen a number of stars further cement their place at the top of the industry but also witnessed a number of new faces burst onto the scene. The Streamer of the Year category is stacked with recognisable names from Twitch, Mixer and YouTube Gaming and includes two past winners in Guy ‘Dr DisRespect’ Beahm and Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins.
But who else is up for Streamer of the Year, what kind of following do they have, and who are the favourites to take the trophy home with them?
- Alanzoka (Twitch)
2.28 million followers, 11,500 Twitch subs.
- CouRage (YouTube)
1.93 million YouTube subscribers, number of memberships unknown
- Dr DisRespect (Twitch)
3.82 million followers, 30,300 Twitch subs
- Gotaga (Twitch)
1.90 million followers, 6,800 Twitch subs
- NICKMERCS (Twitch)
3.11 million followers, 26,000 Twitch subs
- Ninja (Mixer)
2.62 million followers, Mixer subs unknown
- Pokimane (Twitch)
3.52 million followers, 5,300 Twitch subs
- Shroud (Mixer)
800k followers, Mixer subs unknown
- Tfue (Twitch)
7.22 million followers, 15,900 Twitch subs
- TimTheTatman (Twitch)
4.13 million followers, 20,000 Twitch subs
All the above stats are accurate as of November 15 and were sourced from Twitch Tracker.
From the ten nominees, there are a number that stand out as potential favourites.
First, there is Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, the Fortnite pro player and streamer who, thanks to Ninja and Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek leaving for Mixer, is now the most followed personality on Twitch. His explosion in popularity has been unprecedented since he signed with FaZe Clan last year as a Fortnite esports player.
This Saturday, the 16th of November, the Esports Awards 2019 will take over @EsportsStadium in Arlington.
— Esports Awards – Two Days (@esportsawards) November 12, 2019
Another favourite will be Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop. The former Call of Duty caster has doubled-down on being a streamer and content creator in the last couple of years and is now part of 100 Thieves. CouRage recently stopped streaming on Twitch to broadcast exclusively on YouTube, where he already had a sizeable following as a result of his popular YouTube uploads.
The likes of Ninja and Shroud, who both boasted some of the biggest followings on Twitch before their moves to Mixer, may also be in with a shout, despite their viewership figures taking a hit as a result of moving to a less popular platform.
And Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys may also have a shot at the prize. She is currently the ninth most-followed active Twitch streamer and is by far the most famous female streamer on the planet. Her mixture of IRL, League of Legends, and Fortnite streams have seen her channel grow by around a million followers in the last 12 months.
The Esports Awards kick off on Saturday, November 16 at 20:15 CST (02:15 on November 17 BST).