Who are Esports Top Ten Highest Paid Twitch Streamers?

Posted on June 23, 2021 - Last Updated on June 24, 2021

You may remember that last year we brought you details of who the ten highest paid Twitch Streamers of 2020 were. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins topped that list when we first published it back in October 2020 but as is always the case in the esports industry, things never stay the same for too long!

As the unofficial home of esports streaming and video games online, Twitch has become a place where people who can garner a following can earn plenty of money from their endeavours. Indeed the highest paid Twitch streamers can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars/pounds/euro per month.

They can also pick up a Twitch Ambassador salary if their account and content is deemed worthy of becoming a Twitch ambassador.

Top paid streamers can earn money in several ways. Not only can they pick up advertising revenue each month, but they can earn money from secondary activities, such as opportunities in the film or tv industries, or through sponsorship and endorsement of products.

Of course, viewers also help keep the top earners on Twitch producing content by donating cash to them too. This means your favourite content providers can provide you with more of the streams you want to see. You can check out our handy guide to how to donate on Twitch.

With the advent of other initiatives, such as Twitch Channel Points and even Twitch Betting, there are even more ways for streamers and their viewers to interact with each other, all of which of course makes Twitch a hugely attractive platform, especially for the highest paid Twitch streamers.

So who are these people that are the top earners on Twitch? We’ve scoured the pages and come up with our current top ten highest paid Twitch streamers of 2021.

Top 10 Highest Paid Twitch Streamers

Please note that we have not included any organisations in this top ten, we have elected to go for individuals rather than organisations -such as Riot Games-. Please note, all values shown are estimated.

1. Ninja – $25 million (est)


Tyler “Ninja” Blevins remains the highest earning streamer according to our calculations. His short partnership with Mixer earned him $20-$30 million and he is now back as Twitch’s most popular streamer with 16.7 million followers. Add all Ninja’s revenue streams together and at a conservative estimate he is earning arou

nd $25 million a year. It may well be considerably more.

2. PewDiePie –$20 million


One of the most divisive figures in the streaming industry, PewDiePie made his name as a YouTuber, but he joined Twitch in 2017 and quickly became one of the highest earning streamers on the site too.

3. Shroud – $12 million

Canadian Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek was one of the best CS:GO streamers in the world. He has 9.2 million followers on Twitch and is believed to have pocketed around $10 million from his exclusive, but short-lived deal with Mixer.

4. TimTheTatman – $8 million


Reckoned by Forbes magazine to be worth over $8 million, Timothy Bater is one of the best Call of Duty streamers in the world, as well as playing other games like Overwatch, Fortnite, and World of Warcraft. He has around 6.4 million followers and he is also one of the presenters of the NFL games streamed on Twitch over the season.

5. Dr Disrespect – $6 million

Dr Disrespect

Despite facing a potential ban from Twitch, Dr Disrespect is included on this list as he made his name and saw his popularity soar when live streaming Call of Duty, H1Z!, and PUBG on the platform. Although he now tends to focus on YouTube after some near the knuckle streams saw him incur the wrath of Twitter, he still earns excellent money each year.

6. Nickmercs – $5 – 8 million

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Nick Kolcheff is Nickmercs and he made a splash on Twitch initially as a player in Fortnite. He has since diversified into Call of Duty and Warzone and has become a member of the team FaZe Clan. He has around 5.5 million followers on Twitch and his earnings from the platform have steadily increased over the last couple of years.

7. Summit1g – up to $7.5 million


Summit1g is Jaryd Lazar and he has been one of the longest-serving players on this list of highest paid Twitch streamers. Estimates for his worth range from $2m up to $7.5 million, but what is not in doubt is that the former CS:GO professional has earned a reputation as one of the best multiple title streamers playing Sea of Thieves, Day Z, Escape from Tarkov and GTA V. He has 5.9 million followers and signed an exclusivity deal with the platform in 2020.

8. Syndicate – $4.8 million


A relatively new name to the list, Syndicate is famous within the highest paid Twitch streamers list as being the first streamer to have a single stream attract a million views. Run by British pro gamer Thomas Cassell, he predominantly plays Modern Warfare 2 and Halo.

9. xQc – $1.5 to 4 million


Felix Lengyel is xQc, a top level Overwatch professional who decided to quit playing the game professionally to become a streamer on Twitch. He has quickly garnered 5.9 million followers and although relatively new to streaming, he is still earning somewhere between $1.5 million and $4 million a year.

10. Pokimane – $1 to 3 million


The first female streamer in this list is Imane Anys. With 7.6 million following her account, she is the most popular female streamer on Twitch and is notable for her Fortnite and League of Legends streams. She has also developed an additional following amongst Valorant and Among Us fans too. Her popularity extends to YouTube where she has a further 6.57 million subscribers.

Honourable Mentions

In addition to the top ten, there are some of the highest paid Twitch streamers that fall just outside this top ten and we have given them an honourable mention in the supplemental list below.

1. DrLupo – $2 million

Dr Lupo

Ben Lupo has amassed 4.4 million followers and is famous for playing Fortnite alongside Ninja. In addition to playing games with his followers of all abilities, DrLupo is also famous for hosting charity streams. He also posts gaming-related videos to his YouTube channel.

2. Tfue – $2 to $6 million?


We’re not quite sure how much Tfue is earning nowadays after his public fallout with FaZe Clan but with 10.18 million followers, Turner Tunney, the home-schooled Floridian remains one of the most popular Twitch streamers and YouTube personalities playing Fortnite and other battle royale games.

3. Valkyrae – $1 million +


Certainly, one of the names to watch after an outstanding 2020, which saw her named Content Creator of the Year at the 2020 Game Awards, Rachell Hofstetter has become one of the hottest streamers on Twitch playing League of Legends and Fortnite. She is also a co-owner of the 100 Thieves esports team but left Twitch in 2020 signing an exclusive contract with YouTube.

4. Nightblue3 – $3 million


Rabia Yazbek has become very popular on both Twitch and YouTube, although due to his patch reviews and high quality gaming content, he is especially active on the Twitch streaming platform. That consistency has seen him garner 2.5 million followers and he is one of LoL best streamers, as a member of Team SoloMid.

5. Myth – $3 million


At just 20 years of age, Ali Kabbani is one of the youngest players on the list of the best paid Twitch streamers. He is currently the fourth most-watched Fortnite streamer and he is a member of the Fortnite professional team Team SoloMId and has around 7.2 million followers.

6. Imaqtpie – $1 million

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A streamer that is also a highly skilled gamer across multiple different titles, Imaqtpie is part of the Dignitas and Delta Fox teams and his multi-platform approach has seen him develop a popular following on YouTube as well as Twitch.

Can you make your Esports Gaming Pay with Unikrn’s UMode?

Not everyone can make it to the list of highest paid Twitch streamers but there are other ways you can use your gaming skills to help you earn a bit of cash. One of these ways that has proven especially popular is the notorious betting site Unikrn’s clever way to back your skills and abilities using Unikrn UMode.

The process is a simple one. In UMode, you place a bet on yourself to win at one of the top esports in the world today. You can play games such as CS:GO, League of Legends, Dota 2, Warzone, Fortnite, PUBG, PUBG Mobile, and StarCraft 2 and if you back yourself to win, and manage to do so while completing the tasks as per the bet, then you can win extra cash.

You do need to be 18 or over to use the UMode service at Unikrn however.

What will the rest of 2021 hold for the highest paid Twitch streamers? Will we see the same names at the top of the list next year, or will new content providers emerge as the top paid streamers on the service? Tune in next year to find out!

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A lifelong poker fan, Ian is also well-versed in the world of sports betting, casino gaming, and has written extensively on the online gambling industry. Based in the UK, Ian brings fresh insight into all facets of gaming.

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