More than a year ago, Recreate Coalition digital research agency published a study on American content makers. The study revealed the numbers of their yearly revenue. Content maker term was defined as a person who is making content. There were not only video content makers, there were all types of content makers possible, starting from video makers on Youtube and Twitch and following by self-released books on Amazon. The numbers of revenue and the number of participants in the content making were out of this world. Up to fourteen and a half million Americans earned more than $5.8 billion in 2017. Study mentions that, “…in 2017, nearly 17 million Americans earned income posting their personal creations on these nine platforms, an increase of more than 2.4 million U.S. creators, or 16.6 percent, in one year, and the numbers of income-earning creators grew most rapidly in percentage terms on YouTube, Twitch, and Instagram”. So a few years ago these self-made content creators had made near $7 billion on the nine platforms in 2017! And the rapid growth was available for the creators on Instagram, Twitch, Tumblr and YouTube.
And Twitch is a unique case of unexpected and fast growth, because a huge potential is still available. Twitch is growing through this year, and the growth numbers are the following:
- Up to 1.5 million concurrent viewers are watching something now
- Way more over 50,000 concurrent live streams are watched at any time
Not a bad audience number, huh? With such audience it’s easy to make better money while delivering a huge impact on people. However, there are the best, and there are other. The competition is enormously hard, and that’s why there aren’t many people are staying on the top. How many people are making huge money, getting really huge revenue for their lifestream? It’s like… up to 10-20 people are making the big buzz on a platform. But they do make it. They have not big, but massive audience. Such audience numbers are closer to the audiences of the blockbuster movies.
Playing games is fun, and everyone loves it. This activity is popular among every age group. However, so-called Z-Generation and its preccessedor previous millennial generation are really into watching others doing something. Well, watching others playing online and offline video games. What truly connects generations is Counter-Strike game. It was huge in early 2000s, and it kept growing bigger when Valve released Counter-Strike: Global offensive version of the game. Moreover, the profit channels both for streamers and Valve keep growing through showing off skins and skins trading. Yup, that’s true: you can trade virtual skins of the weapons from the game, which may look insane. There are marketplaces for that!
Twitch provides the gaming and streaming industries with some real numbers. Twitch volumes are really high, there is up to fifteen million daily viewers and near 139 million unique monthly visitors. Twitch became the most newest and the most unique platform for the young gamers and streamers. There is no better medium to communicate with gaming community, and sure thing Twitch is awesome for skills show off.
If you’re wondering about the engagement volume, it’s unbelievably high. According to the study, an average Twitch consumer spends at least 100 minutes to watch all kinds of streams from all kinds of game bloggers. We’re not saying that Twitch can compete with some real giants like YouTube, but there are several reasons to that. First of all, Twitch has a specific niche, which is not so common for every person. Though games become more and more popular, and gaming industry grows bigger every year, streaming of game playing is not the biggest thing for everyone. But people who are engaged with this type of entertainment are really loyal. Getting in touch with loyal audience is way more rewarding than creating videos for casual watchers. And though Twitch is still growing, it has already created “experiences, merchandise, community and entertainment” motto, which surely attracts the guys from advertisement departments of big corporations.
By the way, if you’re the guy from advertisement department, then Twitch is a must for you to include it to marketing strategy of this year. And as we mentioned, not every streamer on Twitch get real attention and real volumes of subscribers. Pick carefully! And to help you with that, here’s our top ten Twitch streamers of this year.
Name: Guy Beahm
How many followers: 2.7 Million
This guy is gonna surprise you with his wild personality, awesome look, and the coolest jokes ever. And we just assumed you don’t know Guy Beahm, also known as The Doc… which is unlikely, because he’s really popular streamer. And it comes as no surprise: Guy wants to please the crowd, and he pleases the crowd. What games does he like? You’ll never guess! MOBA and Battle Royale are among them, so we really suggest you to check one of his streams. It’s a rare kind of fun.
Name: Saqib Zahid
How many followers: 2.3 Million
He just made it with a Twitch streaming! Welcome the millionaire, whos name is Sabiq Zahid, also known as LIRIK. Sabiq is one of the richest people on Twitch, and we can easily explain the reason: LIRIK is excellent in an audience engagement. Brands love him, because Sabiq is surely delivers the brand message to the huge amount of people, and he does it like a pro.
Name: Kristen Valnicek
How many followers: 1 Million
Now it’s time to welcome girls on our chart. Kristen “KittyPlays” Valnicek is pure awe and awesomeness, while one of the die-hard and toughest players in gaming and game streaming. Moreover, she’s not just focused on games. Her video blog has tons of videos covering many various topics of life. You’re into expensive cars? OK, maybe cooking? Check Kristen vlog and become wiser!
Name: Ali Kabbani
How many followers: 4.2 Million
Ali is really passionate about Fortnite. And Fortnite is really popular. No wonder why this guy is quite popular among Twitch streamers, huh? Due to the massive attention to the game itself, tsm-myth streams became big and influential really quickly. The real name of this blogger is Ali “tsm-myth” Kabbani. He is famous for his level of playing Fortnite, because he’s really cool at it. Actually, this guy is one of the best players of Fortnite in the world. He won oh so many times, and he even took over golden child Ninja in a head-to-head battle.
Name: Imane Anys
How many followers: 2.1 Million
Cam modelling became a thing on Twitch not so long time ago. Someone can feel not so great about it, while the others… Well, they like it! That’s why Imane “Pokimane” Anys is doing great on twitch. She can be considered one of the biggest and one of the most famous female blogger / vlogger on a platform! And actually she provides fun videos, she is just not into the gaming itself. But if you like vlogging on Twitch, we surely recommend you to check her videos out!
Name: Tyler Steinkamp
How many followers: 1.8 Million
This guy can be considered “toxic” player. Well, there is some truth to that. Tyler “loltyler1” Steinkamp is famous, or better say infamous for being rude with other players, and we assume people in general. And if you take a stop for a second, and think about it… like, how can you be toxic in the environment that is already toxic? Wow! Props to this guy for such an accomplishment. Besides being toxic, he’s really good at Playing League of Legends. He might be even the best player among all other players worldwide. Back to toxic topic, Tyler was once banned on Twitch for his speech! So watch him out, it might be pretty interesting.
Name: Tom Cassell
How many followers: 2.6 Million
This guy is something more than just a Twitch streamer. First of all, Tom Cassell, also known as Syndicate, is among the pioneers of Twitch streamers. He built his fame on the streams, but then moved to some bigger stuff. Now Tom is making movies, non-gaming video content, and influicning all his followers easily. He’s surely worth checking out!
Name: Jaryd Lazar
Followers: 3.3 Million
Jaryd Lazar is one of the biggest ever names in the gaming industry and gaming community. He was topped by Ninja, so he is the second one. But nevertheless, he’s the top gamer of the world now. Jaryd “Summit1G” Lazar is considered the most-streamed player on Twitch. Now Jaryd is part of the Mythic team.
Name: Tyler Blevins
How many followers: 12 Million
Welcome second biggest Twitch star! His name is Tyler Blevins, and he is also known as Ninja. Ninja is easily the most famous name on Twitch. He was a professional Halo player associated with Luminosity gaming regularly brings celebrities into stream with him and is worth an estimated $4 million in 2019. The overall number of his streams is up to 413+ million streams. Wow!
Name: Michael Grzesiek
How many followers: 4.3 Million
While Michael Grzesiek, also known as Shroud, is not the most watched person among the top-3, he can be considered one of the most fun and entertaining person to watch on Twitch. Well, we understand that this is not the truth for everyone, but we surely think he is the most fun person on the game streaming now! His numbers of views and followers are lower, but they are still amazing. 273 million views, how about that? Check out this streamer playing Apex Legends, The Culling, PUBG, H1Z1, and Tom Clancy shooters and have as much fun as possible.
Thanks for checking out our Top 10 Twitch Streamers of 2019! Will you become the next big Twitch star? Tell us in the comments section!