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Battle for No1 on Twitch: Tfue set to overtake shroud after Ninja leaves

by Connor Bennett

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The battle for Twitch supremacy is on with Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney going head-to-head, following Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins’ departure for Mixer.

On August 1, Ninja shocked the world when he announced that he would be leaving Twitch after eight years and taking his stream to Mixer. The former Halo pro, who still has the most followed channel on the platform, has always held an incredible lead over his fellow streamers in the popularity race.

Yet, now that his Twitch channel is set to become dormant, the chase to become the most followed streamer boils down to a few leaders. Dr Disrespect might lead the way in production, with xQc ways ahead for Overwatch specific broadcasters, but both are lagging way behind shroud and Tfue. 

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Ryan Hadji
Ninja moved from Twitch to Mixer and has already set about breaking records.

According to TwitchMetrics, a website that tracks a wide number of stats for the livestreaming platform, shroud is the current clubhouse leader to replace Ninja with over 6,770,000 followers at the time of writing.

However, Tfue is hot on his tail and is less than 70,000 followers behind - boasting a 6,714,462 million following of his own. Of course, both channels have their own loyal fanbases, but Tfue’s is growing at a significantly quicker rate than shroud’s.

Twitchmetrics
Twitchmetrics
A current look at the top of the Twitch follower chart.

Again, thanks to TwitchMetrics, it can be noted that Tfue gained 239,719 followers in the month between July 2 and August 2. 

That number is 63,000 more than shroud, who himself was able to attract around 176,318 followers in the same timeframe. While the former CS: GO pro will likely be able to keep his lead in the short-term, it appears as if Tfue will overtake him sooner rather than later.

Twitchmetrics
Twitchmetrics
Tfue's channel grew substantially compared to shroud.

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Now, it remains to be seen if Tfue can continue his huge growth, or if he was given a boost with the hype surrounding the Fortnite World Cup - which he underperformed at. He is however the undisputed leader for Fortnite, now that Ninja has left the platform.

Regardless of their growth, it will take some doing to see either channel dethrone Ninja’s incredible figure of over 14 million. That number might, quite simply, never be surpassed - even though he has chosen to go elsewhere.