Twitch is one of the most popular live video streaming portals boasting an average of 15 million daily active users and an estimated 2.2 million broadcasters per month.
Statistics show that viewers watched an astounding 560 billion minutes of video streaming in 2018. The platform is owned by Twitch Interactive – a subsidiary of Amazon. Since Amazon repurchased the live streaming platform in 2011, it saw an overwhelming surge in popularity and is currently giving YouTube Gaming a run for its money. Twitch is the leading video streaming site in the United States, and its following is gradually gaining cult status.
The videos on Twitch are either live or on demand and ranges from live video game stream to eSports broadcast and even music broadcast.
Currently, popular games such as Fortnite, PUBG, League of Legends, Call of Duty and DOTA are a permanent fixture on Twitch with many players live streaming their gameplay daily.
However, it is not all fun and games at Twitch, as streamers have a lot of options to earn money from such as subscriber fees, donations, ad revenues, and sponsorships. The money earned by some Twitch streamers just by uploading a live stream of them playing a game can put many jobs to shame and can make them wonder if they should have played video games more professionally. Here is a list of the top 20 Twitch streamers who choose to have a career in Twitch and are making millions of dollars each here.
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- 1 1. Ninja – 14 million followers
- 2 2. Shroud – 6.1 million followers
- 3 3. TimTheTatman – 3.6 million followers
- 4 4. DrLupo – 3.2 million followers
- 5 5. DrDisRespectLIVE – 3.4 million followers
- 6 6. MOONMOON_OW – 759k followers
- 7 7. GeekandSundry – 572k followers
- 8 8. Summit1g – 3.8 million followers
- 9 9. LIRIK – 2.4 million followers
- 10 10. AdmiralBahroo – 668k followers
- 11 11. MontanaBlack88 – 1.5 million followers
- 12 12. TSM_Myth – 5 million followers
- 13 13. XQCOW – 1.1 million followers
- 14 14. Sodapoppin – 2.4 million followers
- 15 15. CDNThe3rd – 1.7 million followers
- 16 16. CohhCarnage – 1.1 million followers
- 17 17. ZeratoR – 587k followers
- 18 18. Castro_1021 – 1.7 million followers
- 19 19. Dakotaz – 3.6 million followers
- 20 20. Imaqtpie – 2.5 million followers
1. Ninja – 14 million followers
Richard Blevins or Ninja, as he is better known to Twitch users, is the most prolific earner on Twitch with an estimated annual income of a whopping $5.4 million. He earns at least $500,000 per month from his over 50,000 subscriptions alone.
Ninja gained massive popularity by streaming the equally popular game Fortnite daily and even hosted a game with rapper Drake and Travis Scott who broke the record for the maximum views on a single video.
Follow him on Twitch or his other social media accounts.
2. Shroud – 6.1 million followers
Michael Grzesiek is a former professional gamer known for playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive who became successful as an eSports gamer. Now the Canadian is better known for playing PUBG under the moniker Shroud on Twitch.
With a little over 40,000 subscribers to his channel and an average viewership of around 30 thousand per week, Shroud earns an estimated $4.4 million in yearly revenues.
3. TimTheTatman – 3.6 million followers
Timothy John Bater aka TimTheTatman is an active gamer who live streams on Twitch every day except Sundays.
Timothy mostly plays World of Warcraft, Overwatch and Counter-Strike among others and his videos garner nearly 25,000 viewers per week.
His estimated income from his near 35,000 subscriptions alone is $1.8 million a year, and along with sponsorships Ad revenues, his total yearly income goes up to $2.7 million.
He is still a novice in the streaming world, but he has become a full-time streamer with a dedicated subscriber base which brings him a lot of money at the end of the month. Follow him at-
4. DrLupo – 3.2 million followers
Benjamin Lupo is a professional gamer specializing in Fortnite and PUBG. He also used to play Destiny 2: Forsaken, Ring of Elysium and even SpongeBob Square Pants but now he is a dedicated Fortnite player. He sometimes streams Call of Duty too.
Known to Twitch users as DrLupo, he once played Fortnite along with Ninja which made him famous overnight. Now with an average of 10,000 viewers per week, he is one of the highest earners on Twitch thanks to his gaming skills.
He plays for the ASUS Republic of Gamers, and his subscriber count stands close to 20,000 for which he earns annual revenue of roughly $1.9 million- a little less than 2 million dollars.
5. DrDisRespectLIVE – 3.4 million followers
Guy Beahm is a big gamer and live streamer on Twitch where he goes by the nickname of DrDisRespectLIVE and plays for ASUS Republic Gamers team. He is popular for playing battle royale games and most notably Call of Duty- Black Ops 4.
Guy also plays League of Legends, Fortnite, and PUBG. He streams on weekdays only and has an average 15,000 views weekly. He also has quite a handsome subscriber base amounting to 32,000 which leaves him with an estimated $1.8 million at the end of the year.
With his subscriber base increasing day by day, his income can only go upwards from here on.
6. MOONMOON_OW – 759k followers
The next streamer on our list is known for playing Red Dead Redemption on Twitch and has approximately more than 17,000 subscribers to his channel. MOONMOON_OW is a professional gamer and also an anime aficionado who plays a wide range of games such as Super Mario Maker, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Call of Cthulhu.
He goes live on Twitch at 10 am EST and 10 pm EST. He also uploads live streaming of games on YouTube where his channel has 147k subscribers. He earns just over 1 million dollars from subscriptions alone, and his projected yearly income is $1.6 million.
7. GeekandSundry – 572k followers
This channel, as the name aptly suggests, is for the inner geeks in you. The channel claims to “celebrate pop culture” all the while acting as the foremost representation of “geek voices” online. It was founded by Felicia Day who also happens to be the creator of popular web series The Guild. The channel streams in English, games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Fallout 76, Poker, Board games as well as Talk Shows and Podcasts.
GeekandSundry has more than 54 million views on their channel and an average viewership of one thousand per week.
They have a large subscribership of over 21,000 which earns them over $1.45 million. Check out their website at https://geekandsundry.com/.
The links to their social media accounts are:
8. Summit1g – 3.8 million followers
Jaryd Lazar is an American Twitch streamer who also used to be a pro Counter Strike – Global Offensive player much like Shroud. Known to his followers as summit1g, he now streams Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and plays for the team 1G SQUAD.
With sponsorships from Monster Energy, Discord and Corsair among others, summit1g boasts of a weekly viewership of around 25,000. A minimum of 13,000 subscribers contributes to his nearly $50,000 a month earnings which amounts to roughly $1.4 million in a year.
Owing to his increasing popularity among Twitch users his income is only set to soar in the coming years. Follow him on:
9. LIRIK – 2.4 million followers
Saqib Zahid alias LIRIK is a sensation on Twitch owing to his live streams of several favorite video games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, PUBG, World of Warcraft and DayZ to name a few.
Even though Saqib remains faceless during his live streaming on Twitch, he has managed almost $800,000 annually in subscriptions and is closing in on 16,000 subscribers.
His videos are watched by approximately 13,000 viewers each week, and his annual earning is predicted to be somewhat close to $1.3 million.
LIRIK gained a huge fan base because of his constant streaming of survival game DayZ, but he plays a wide variety of games which can be viewed on his Twitch channel.
10. AdmiralBahroo – 668k followers
Next on the list is another Red Dead Redemption player who has acquired quite the following, thanks to his multi-gaming skills and use of panda emotes.
He streams consist of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Spiderman, Dead by Daylight, Battlefield, Counter-Strike and Assassin’s Creed.
With just over 15,000 subscribers to his channel and more than 8,000 average weekly viewers, AdmiralBahroo has made quite the fortune since joining Twitch.
Currently, he is close to earning $1.3 million a year and streams every day except Thursdays.
11. MontanaBlack88 – 1.5 million followers
Marcel Eris is a professional YouTuber as well as a Twitch streamer hailing from Germany.
He is better known by his YouTube name MontanaBlack, and both his YouTube and Twitch channel has over 1 million subscribers. MontanaBlack88 streams in German and is known for playing a variety of games.
More recently he has been into Casino games, Call of Duty and Fortnite. His average viewers per week recently rose to cross the 25,000 mark, and most of it is due to his live stream of gambling games and Call of Duty.
He has a large number of subscribers which is nearing 17,000. Such a large number of subscribers contribute to his monthly income of more than 50,000 dollars which in turn brings him a respectable 1.3 million dollars approximately by the end of the year.
He also streams live on his YouTube channel, which has over 1.5 million subscribers, when he is not online on Twitch.
12. TSM_Myth – 5 million followers
Ali Kabanni is a professional Fortnite Battle Royale gamer who is more popular as TSM_Myth, his Twitch nickname. He also plays Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 but his stream of Fortnite is more viewed than his other streams.
Ali streams in English and is partnered by Dr. Pepper, HTC eSports, and Chipotle. Ali is currently hosting Dakotaz, a fellow Twitch streamer, on his channel which has on average over 20,000 views per week. His followers increased a lot since November 2017, but his viewership has seen a slight decline in recent weeks.
TSM_Myth’s probable yearly income is around $1.25 million thanks to his 5,000 subscribers.
His YouTube channel has 4.3 million subscribers and here are the links to his other social media accounts:
13. XQCOW – 1.1 million followers
Canadian YouTuber and Twitch streamer, Félix Lengyel may not have as many followers as some of the more popular streamers on this list but make no mistake, this guy still makes well over a million dollars, $1.25 approximately, from home all thanks to his almost 13,000 subscribers.
Félix is a professional Overwatch player who played for the Dallas Fuel in the Overwatch League.
He also plays Call of Duty and Just Chatting from time to time and live streams them on his Twitch channel- XQCOW.
He streams in English and records an average viewer count of 12,000 per week. XQCOW joined Twitch 4 years ago and is already earning millions. Know more about him at:
14. Sodapoppin – 2.4 million followers
Thomas Jefferson Chance Morris first started streaming as a 14-year-old until he became famous as Sodapoppin on Twitch where he is close to 10,000 subscribers.
He was also the co-owner of Northern Gaming, a Canadian eSports organization, which was later bought by NRG Esports owned by Shaquille O’Neal among others. Nowadays Sodapoppin keeps his ardent followers busy on his channel by streaming gameplay of World of Warcraft and online gambling.
He famously lost $5000 in a single hand with 40,000 live viewers watching. His videos command an approximate viewership of 30,000 per month earning him a handsome amount of $1.2 million annually. Here’s how you can follow him on social media:
15. CDNThe3rd – 1.7 million followers
Caesar Noriega, known to Twitch users as CDNThe3rd, is well known for playing Red Dead Redemption 2 as well as Fortnite, DOTA 2, Call of Duty, Smite and League of Legends.
His average weekly viewership is around 7,000, and his channel has over 15,000 subscribers with the help of whom, and other benefits Caesar earns nearly $1.2 million in a year by live streaming video games.
His followers have increased by 12,000 in the past week, and he too streams in English. He also has 1.1 million subscribers to his YouTube channel. Find him at:
16. CohhCarnage – 1.1 million followers
Ben Cassell is a Twitch streamer from North Carolina, USA and his channel CohhCarnage has an active subscriber base of 12,000. The average weekly views are more than 13,000, and he is known for playing Red Dead Redemption 2. He has also played Warframe, Pathfinder, Throne Breaker and Diablo 3.
With more than 10k subscribers and exclusive benefits from sponsors, he earns him a very attractive $1.18 million per year.
He is partnered by Razer, Madrinas and Discord. You can also watch his gameplay on his YouTube channel.
17. ZeratoR – 587k followers
28-year-old Frenchman Adrien Nougaret is another big earner making $500,000 annually from just subscriptions. ZeratoR, as gamers better know him, is an active gamer who currently divides his time between PUBG and Talk Shows & Podcasts. He also streams videos of Trackmania Stadium, Assassin’s Creed and Battlerite Royale.
Adrien represents team Indy Spensable in World of Warcraft and League of Legends. He streams in French and has nearing 10,000 average weekly viewers to go along with his 10,000 subscribers. His annual income is estimated to be $1.12 million.
Check out his YouTube channel to watch more videos from ZeratoR. To learn more about him follow him on:
18. Castro_1021 – 1.7 million followers
Edwin Castro is an American Twitch streamer and YouTuber of Mexican descent who commands a large number of following on both his Twitch and YouTube channels because of his FIFA commentary and gameplay.
It has been six years since Edwin joined Twitch and has amassed over 8,500 subscriptions along with 1.7 million followers. The recent average viewers per week on his channel, Castro_1021, range between 15,000 and 20,000.
Though he played many games when he started like Fortnite, Battlefield and GTA V, he now concentrates his efforts on FIFA 19 which earned him a considerable following and subsequently large sums of money.
The more than 8,000 subscriptions are responsible for the $1 million he earns yearly. He also streams on his YouTube channel with 1 million subscribers. Get to know him better at:
19. Dakotaz – 3.6 million followers
Brett Hoffman joined Twitch six years ago and haven’t looked back since then. He has over 3.6 million followers on Twitch as well as 3 million subscribers on his YouTube channel.
This 33-year-old known streams under the nickname Dakotaz and is a part of Team Solo Mid along with TSM_Myth. He started by playing WarZ videos and moved on to other survival games until he stumbled upon PUBG which boosted his viewership and number of subscribers.
After Fortnite’s release, he became a professional Fortnite player and live streams it on Twitch.
With an average of 17k viewers per week, Dakotaz earns somewhat over one million dollars annually. You can follow him on social media at:
20. Imaqtpie – 2.5 million followers
YouTuber Michael Santana joined Twitch way back in 2011 as imaqtpie and has over the years amassed over 2.5 million followers.
He became well known in the gaming circle as a professional League of Legends player with his bearded looks and long locks becoming a sensation among fellow gamers. His YouTube channel has 1.7 million subscribers.
He currently streams League of Legends, Call of Duty, DOTA and Overcooked 2. His twitch channel records around 10,000 viewers per week and with the help of his 4.4k subscribers he earns nearly a million dollars each year just by streaming. Follow him at: