3 Biggest Twitch Streamers

The 9 Most Popular Twitch Streamers

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins’ victory at The Game Awards 2018 last Friday has piqued our interest to find out which other streamers are also winning the hearts of the Twitch community. At Matchmade, we now analyse over 260K Twitch channels and 12M streams. So, we did some digging and here are the results.

 

How did we go about it this time?

Slightly different from what we’ve done in the past — we started the analysis by selecting 9 streamers with the highest number of followers to date, ranking them accordingly, and looking into their follower growth in the past 90 days. Since concurrent viewership carries more weight than follower count for both content creators and advertisers, we then looked into the number of average views these streamers have gained since September.

 

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According to the data on the Matchmade platform, Ninja, Shroud, and TSM_Myth are the 3 Twitch streamers with the highest follower count. Between September and now, they gained over 1M, 700K, and 300K followers respectively. The data available also shows that they have been growing at least 40K, 25K, and 10K followers per month.

The graph on the right shows that Tfue (ranked fourth on the list below) has gained the most followers (1.3M in total and at least 450K per month) since September. Interestingly, it also indicates that Summit1g, Riot Games, Tim the Tatman, Dakotaz, and TSM_Daequan all gained less than 100K followers in the last 3 months.

  1. Ninja

  • Followers: 12.4M
  • Average Views: 50.6K
  • Game: Fortnite
  • Growth: 11.73%

As Content Creator of the Year and best Fortnite player to date, Ninja streams at least 11 hours a day. In addition to Fortnite, you can catch him playing PUBG or Black Ops 4. He is also known for occasionally streaming with celebrities like Drake and Travis Scott.

 

  1. Shroud

  • Followers: 4.9M
  • Average Views: 27.6K
  • Game: Call of Duty — Black Ops 4
  • Growth: 15.9%

Representing the land of poutine and maple leafs, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek is known for his mastery in PUBG, Counter Strike, and Black Ops 4. After making a name for himself in the esports scene for the past 4 years, he has officially retired from competing, and has bid farewell to Cloud9.

 

  1. TSM_Myth

  • Followers: 4.6M
  • Average Views: 10.2K
  • Game: Fortnite
  • Growth: 8.33%

Based in the US, Ali “Myth” Kabbani is the captain of the Team SoloMid (TSM) Fortnite squad. His popularity soared after he started streaming Fortnite Battle Royale last year. However, he recently shifted gear to focus more on creating content for his viewers.

 

  1. Tfue

  • Followers: 3.8M
  • Average Views: 49.3K
  • Game: Fortnite
  • Growth: 51.15%

This FaZe Clan player has been impressing the Fortnite Battle Royale world and the Twitch community with his skills and victories. Despite being banned from Twitch multiple times within the past year, this didn’t stop Turner “Tfue” Tenney’s popularity from soaring.

 

  1. Summit1g
  • Followers: 3.3M
  • Average Views: 12.6K
  • Game: Sea of Thieves, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Growth: 3.52%

Jaryd “Summit1g” Lazar started his Twitch journey streaming Counter Strike. Although he is now retired from competing in tournaments, he is widely recognized for his achievements as a professional CS:GO player. Now, he regularly streams Sea of Thieves and Black Ops 4.

 

  1. Riot Games

  • Followers: 3.2M
  • Average Views: 91.4K
  • Game: League of Legends
  • Growth: 7.13%

As the organiser of multiple massive esports leagues (especially, the League of Legends World Championship), there is little doubt that Riot Games is the go-to channel for esports fans. Not to our surprise — it has even become the first channel to surpass one billion total views on Twitch.

  1. Tim The Tatman

  • Followers: 3.1M
  • Average Views: 24.3K
  • Game: Fortnite
  • Growth: 13.55%

Twitch regulars will recognise Timothy “Tim the Tatman” Betar from his Fortnite highlights and collaborations with other big time streamers like Ninja and Myth. He is also the leader of “one of the most bizarre communities on Twitch” — #TatmanArmy rules.

 

  1. Dakotaz

  • Followers: 3M
  • Average Views: 20.7K
  • Game: Fortnite
  • Growth: 19.08%

As one of the few streamers who don’t use face cam, Brett ‘Dakotaz’ Hoffman is known for his commentaries. Before Fortnite and TSM, he was growing his fan base from his H1Z1 and Infestation gameplays.

 

  1. TSM_Daequan

  • Followers: 3M
  • Average Views: 25.6K
  • Game: Fortnite
  • Growth: 24.32%

Daequan Loco is a Fortnite streamer who is also a part of the TSM Fortnite squad. He is known for his charisma, his records for the most kills (40) in one Fortnite game and most Fortnite invitational tournament wins in North America.

 

Learnings:

  • Fortnite is still massively popular as more than half of the streamers listed above feature this game. There is little doubt that the game’s popularity on Twitch continues to soar as season 7 only came out less than a week ago.
  • Although Ninja is leading with the most followers on Twitch, he is surprisingly not the one with the highest average view count (50.6K). The graph below indicates that Riot Games (91.4K) has exceeded him by nearly 40K views. But, considering that Riot Games streams esport content on their channel, Ninja is still really high up there in views.

  • According to the data below, Tfue has the highest growth rate (51.15%) in the last 3 months. Given that the runner ups are  Dakotaz and TSM_Daequan, it is mindful to note that streamers with the most relative growth are usually not the ones with the highest follower count.

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