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Who are Esports Top Five Highest Paid Twitch Streamers?


With over 3 billion hours watched in the first quarter of 2020, and that number only likely to increase in the second, Amazon’s video gaming platform Twitch is the official leader when it comes to watching live streams of esports and video games online. It is also the home to many of the world’s most popular, and talented, esports gamers.

If you are talented and skilled enough to earn yourself a following on Twitch, then the rewards for the streamer can outstrip any potential earnings that they could land as an esports professional. Not only can they earn plenty of cash from the service itself, but their popularity can lead to other opportunities, such as in film and television, or in advertising revenue.

So just who are these big money Twitch streamers in the esports industry? To take a closer look we decided to list the five highest paid twitch streamers at the moment, together with the number of followers that each has managed to attract on the service.

Top 5 Highest Paid Twitch Streamers

Our list of highest paid Twitch streamers begins with a somewhat familiar name. Please note Riot Games has around 4.4 million followers, but as they are not an individual, we have not included them in this list.

1. Tfue – 8.323 million followers

Having earned over half a million dollars playing Fortnite, Tfue’s status as a top player of the game was undeniable and that soon turned into him being one of the most popular streamers on Twitch. Even a contractual disagreement with his former team FaZe Clan, which saw him sue the team, did not diminish his popularity.

Having gained popularity while with FaZe Clan through the team’s vlogs on YouTube, Tfue’s casual and at times comedic streaming style has seen his fan base grow over time. In addition to esports and streaming, he has now started a studio in Florida to help aspiring gamers achieve their dreams.

2. TSM_Myth – 5.89 million followers

Ali “Myth” Kabbani is Team Solo Mid’s Fortnite squad captain, one of the most successful Fortnite squads in the game’s history. As one of the faces of the Team SoloMid franchise, Kabbani has earned himself a burgeoning following on Twitch. He can also turn his hand to other multiplayer battle royale games at times.

3. Summit1g – 4.62 million followers

Fans of first-person shooters such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Riot Games’ forthcoming epic Valorant will be well aware of Summit1g’s prowess. Named Jaryd Lazar, he is one of the foremost esports players in first person shooters which have contributed to his increased profile on the Twitch service.

In addition to gaming, Lazar also receives additional income from being a brand ambassador for gaming peripheral companies.

4. TimTheTatman – 4.57 million followers

TimTheTatman is known on Twitch as one of the foremost Fortnite players, but he has proven himself to be something of an all-rounder by mixing up his streams to include him playing in games such as Brawl Stars, World of Warcraft and Overwatch to name but three.

Having been streaming professionally since 2014, having begun a while before that, TimTheTatman’s presenting style has also earned him a role as a presenter on the NFL games streamed on Twitch during the NFL season.

The combination of Esports gamer, streamer and NFL host means that TimTheTatman is one of the more versatile streamers on this list and his importance to the service was cemented when Forbes announced that he had signed a deal in 2019 to continue to stream exclusively on Twitch. Estimates are that from this deal, his sponsorships and his streaming earnings, he will take home approximately $8 million a year.

5. Dakotaz – 4.29 million followers

There is nothing like having an air of mystery surrounding you to keep your persona in the public eye and perhaps of all the players in the list Dakotaz has done this more successfully than any. With over 4.2 million followers, Dakotaz success is all the more remarkable as he does not show his face on camera while playing his preferred choice of games, first person shooters.

Particularly skilled in Fortnite and PUBG, Dakotaz skill in these games have seen him earn a formidable reputation and a huge following.

Where is Tyler “Ninja” Blevins?

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was Twitch’s most popular streamer with 14 million followers and in 2018 he was said to have admitted to earning $500,000 a month through Twitch. However, Blevins signed an exclusive deal with Microsoft’s Mixer streaming service in August 2019 which meant he cut all ties with Twitch. He is reportedly earning $10 million a year through the deal with Microsoft according to Forbes Magazine.


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With esports growing in prominence once again this year, could this list of the highest paid twitch streamers be different when we review 2020’s figures? We will have to wait until next year to find out.

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Ian John


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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