The top 9 Twitch streamers in the world, one of whom makes an estimated $8 million per year



  • Twitch, Amazon’s video game streaming platform, is the leader in live video online, and home to many of the world’s most popular professional gamers.
  • Some top Twitch streamers are being offered multi-million-dollar deals for the exclusive rights to their broadcasts, and they’re starting to earn opportunities in mainstream media, too.
  • With some talent leaving for other platforms, we took a closer look at Twitch’s most popular creators.
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The next generation of internet celebrities will be filled with professional gamers, thanks to the popularity of video game streaming platforms like Twitch.

The Amazon-owned gaming site is the dominant force in livestreaming and it’s reaching new peaks with more than 3 billion hours watched during the first quarter of 2020.

The interactive nature of livestreaming helps Twitch streamers build a dedicated following, and Twitch’s biggest stars are starting to earn opportunities in television and mainstream advertisements.

DrDisrespect, a fictional character played by Twitch streamer Guy Beahm, will star in a scripted TV show produced by Skybound Entertainment, and Twitch recently offered him an exclusive deal to keep his stream on the platform for the foreseeable future. Beahm’s Twitch channel had 4.21 million followers as of April 2020.

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was Twitch’s most popular streamer ever — his 14 million followers was more than twice the amount of the second most popular Twitch channel. In 2018, Ninja said he was earning more than $500,000 a month between Twitch and other partnerships. But in August 2019, he left the platform for an exclusive deal with Microsoft’s Mixer streaming platform, where he is earning $10 million a year, according to Forbes.

Twitch is the top livestreaming site, but it still has a long road ahead if it wants to go toe-to-toe with YouTube — the largest ad-supported video site in the world with 2 billion monthly viewers. YouTube generated $15 billion in ad revenue during 2019, while Twitch is still trying to reach the $1 billion mark, The Information reported.

With mounting competition from YouTube, Mixer, and more streaming platforms, Twitch is now fighting to retain its best talent and prove how successful its top channels can be.

Below are the nine biggest Twitch stars, some of whom are making millions:

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9. Dr. Lupo

Twitch stream:

Followers: 3.8 million

Dr. Lupo is a Nebraska-based streamer who’s best known for playing “Fortnite.” In addition to hosting his own streams, DrLupo is the face of the esports organization Rogue Gaming and represents the company for live events, broadcasts, and promotional appearances.

In 2018, he spoke with Business Insider about what led him to become a professional video game player.

8. DrDisrespect

Twitch stream:

Followers: 4.21 million

If the mustache and mullet don’t make it obvious, Guy Beahm’s “Dr Disrespect” is one of the most outrageous characters on Twitch.

He specializes in first-person shooting games like “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” “Apex Legends,” and “Call of Duty,” and enjoys entertaining viewers with his macho persona. Beahm announced a long-term streaming deal with Twitch in early 2020, and has an upcoming TV show produced by Skybound Entertainment.

7. Pokimane

Twitch stream:

Followers: 4.26 million

Pokimane is the most popular woman streaming on Twitch and she’s best known for playing “Fortnite” and “League of Legends.” Pokimane also serves as an ambassador for Twitch at industry events like TwitchCon and Twitch’s creator camp.

She recently agreed to an exclusive streaming deal with Twitch, turning down more lucrative offers to move her stream to other platforms, she said.


6. Dakotaz

Twitch stream:

Followers: 4.29 million

Dakotaz is another skilled “Fortnite” player with a history in other PC shooters like “PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds.” Unlike most popular streamers, dakotaz doesn’t show his face on camera while playing.

5. Riot Games

Twitch stream:

Followers: 4.4 million

Riot Games’ “League of Legends” is one of the most popular games in the world and its esports leagues attract millions of viewers around the world. Though Riot broadcasts on YouTube and Chinese streaming platforms too, the Twitch stream brings in millions of followers with its robust chat features.

4. TimTheTatman

Twitch stream:

Followers: 4.57 million

Like many of the top streamers, TimTheTatman is best known for playing “Fortnite,” but he also mixes in play sessions for games like “World of Warcraft,” “Brawl Stars,” and “Overwatch.” He has been streaming as a full-time profession since 2014 and serves as a host for NFL games streamed on Twitch during the season.

Forbes reported that TimTheTatman agreed to an exclusive deal with Twitch in late 2019, and estimates that he earns $8 million per year between streaming and sponsorships.

3. Summit1g

Twitch stream:

Followers: 4.62 million

Summit1g’s real name is Jaryd Lazar and he rose to prominence as a competitive “Counter-Strike” player. His Twitch stream usually features first-person shooting games, and recently he’s been playing Riot Games’ upcoming title “Valorant.” As a top competitive player, Lazar also serves as a brand ambassador for gaming peripheral companies like Corsair.

2. TSM_Myth

Twitch stream:

Followers: 5.89 million

Ali “Myth” Kabbani is a professional “Fortnite” player, the popular multiplayer battle royale game. Myth is the captain of Team Solo Mid’s “Fortnite” squad, leading one of the most successful esports organizations playing competitive “Fortnite.”

1. Tfue

Tfue is the one of the highest-earning “Fortnite” players of all-time, having won more than $500,000 playing the game. In 2019, Tfue sued his former team, FaZe Clan, over a player contract.

Tfue is known for his casual streaming style, and while he was with FaZe Clan, he appeared in the team’s popular YouTube vlogs. Since leaving FaZe, his channel has continued to grow, and he started a new studio in Florida for aspiring professional gamers.