- 1 Top 10 Highest Paid Twitch Streamers
- 1.1 1. Ninja – 16 million followers
- 1.2 2. Tfue – 9.2 million followers
- 1.3 3. Shroud – 8.3 million followers
- 1.4 4. TSM_Myth – 6.9 million followers
- 1.5 5. Rubius – 6.6 million followers
- 1.6 6. Pokimane – 5.9 million followers
- 1.7 7. TimTheTatman – 5.6 million followers
- 1.8 8. Summit1g – 5.4 million followers
- 1.9 9. Auronplay – 5 million followers
- 1.10 10. Dakotaz – 4.29 million followers
- 2 What is the story with Tyler “Ninja” Blevins?
- 3 Can You Make Your Esports Gaming Pay with Unikrn’s Umode?
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? How has the closure of the Microsoft Mixer platform and its new affiliation with Facebook Gaming affected the rankings? To take a closer look we decided to list the ten highest-paid twitch streamers at the moment, together with the estimated number of followers that each has managed to attract on the service.
Top 10 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. Ninja – 16 million followers
Reportedly earning $500,000 per month from streaming on Twitch alone, Ninja not only has the most followers on the platform by a considerable margin, but his popularity now transcends Twitch and extends to appearing on TV shows and the game he hosted featuring rappers Travis Scott and Drake holds the record for the maximum views of one video.
After returning to Twitch earlier this year after his Mixer contract was annulled (see below), he has since started to stream five days per week once again to bounce back in at the top of this list.
2. Tfue – 9.2 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.
3. Shroud – 8.3 million followers
Michael Grzesiek made his name playing CS:GO, but switched to PUBG in more recent times. Another, who benefitted from the demise of Mixer earlier this year, he returned to Twitch and pulled in 500,000 viewers on his ‘return to Twitch debut”. He reportedly makes around $10 million a year from Twitch but also has 6.5 million subscribers on YouTube too.
4. TSM_Myth – 6.9 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.
5. Rubius – 6.6 million followers
Ruben Doblas has become one of the most popular Spanish-speaking streamers in the world. He remained loyal to Twitch when a number of other streamers moved to Mixer and since 2018, he has amassed 6.6 million followers and over 38.8 million on Youtube too
6. Pokimane – 5.9 million followers
Another newcomer to the list, Imane Anys has become one of the most popular Canadian streamers of all time, playing Fortnite and League of Legends in the main, although also offering streams about food and general entertainment too. She has now diversified into her own make-up business and has been snapped up by the United Talent Agency.
7. TimTheTatman – 5.6 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.
8. Summit1g – 5.4 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.
9. Auronplay – 5 million followers
Another Spanish-speaking gamer that has a large following, especially in Hispanic countries. He has recently seen a huge increase in his number of followers with s 25% increase in a relatively short space of time. He also has a large presence on YouTube with other 25 million subscribers on that channel too.
Auronplay has earned a reputation as a streamer of a number of non-esports titles, with Grand Theft Auto, Minecraft, Among Us, and Red Dead Redemption 2 amongst his most popularly played games, although he has also played Fortnite and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.
10. 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.
What is the story with 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 initially cut all ties with Twitch.
Blevins deal with Microsoft Mixer was short-lived however as in June, Microsoft announced it intended to close Mixer and partner instead with Facebook Gaming. As part of that deal, streamers held under contract with Mixer, such as Ninja were released from their contracts and by August 2020, Ninja had once again started streaming on Twitch, although no official deal had been agreed.
His return to the service though meant that he went straight back into this chart in the number one position. A number of other streamers who also moved to Mixer, such as Shroud, have also returned to Twitch since, although only Ninja and Shroud made it into the current top ten.
Can You Make Your Esports Gaming Pay with Unikrn’s Umode?
Of course, not everybody can be a super-high paid esports streamer on Twitch, but there are some ways that you can use your technological skills to potentially win you some cash. One of the most innovative and exciting of these new opportunities is Unikrn’s Umode.
In UMode, you get to place a bet on yourself to win on one of the top esports in the world today. Games such as CS:GO, League of Legends, DOta 2, Warzone, Fortnite, PUBG, PUBG Mobile, and StarCraft 2 are available for you to bet on yourself playing and if you can win the game and complete a number of tasks, then you can win your bet and load up with some extra cash!
It is worth noting that terms and conditions apply to UMode and you do need to be 18 or over to use the service.
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.