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DrLupo and James Charles named among top 25 most influential internet stars

Published: 16/Jul/2019 19:47 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 0:57

by Calum Patterson

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TIME Magazine has release their fifth annual list of the 25 most influential people on the internet, and joining the likes of Donald Trump and Ariana Grande is a handful of YouTubers and Twitch streamers.

TIME explains that their list is based on “global impact on social media” and “overall ability to drive news.”

Unsurprisingly, US President Donald Trump tops the list, and was joined by political foe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The man behind the GoFundMe to raise money for Trump’s US-Mexico border wall – which has racked up over $25 million in donations – Brian Kolfage, also earned a spot, and political commentator Ben Shapiro also got a nod.

But, outside of the politics, largely the list was a who’s who of entertainers. Music artists like Ariana Grande, Cardi B and Lil Nas X earn their spots likely due to their tendency to go viral and massive social media followings. 

K-Pop group BTS also made the list, and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, but some of the internet made stars will be the more contentious picks.

YouTubers named included Emma Chamberlain and James Charles, but there was no space on the list for PewDiePie – despite being the most subscribed individual creator on the platform, and well ahead of anyone else, with almost 100 million subscribers.

Emma Chamberlain soared to fame on YouTube, seemingly out of nowhere.

Representing the world of Twitch streaming was DrLupo, the variety streamer best known for Fortnite, who raised millions for children’s hospital St. Judes in 2019.

Lupo may not be the biggest streamer on the platform if you judge it purely on numbers – in fact, his 3.3 million followers is only good enough for 10th on the overall ranking – but his influence is measured in more ways than raw metrics.

DrLupo / TwitchDrLupo’s charity efforts were a big factor in his selection on list.

In one of the more bizarre entries, the man behind the viral ‘egg’ Instagram account and post also made the list, after his picture of an egg overtook Kylie Jenner for the most-liked post ever. It certainly got people talking, but Jury is still out on why it’s more influential than PewDiePie in 2019.

Another controversial pick is that of Carlos Maza, the Vox journalist who took aim first ‘right-wing commentator’ Steven Crowder, and then YouTube as a whole, for not doing enough about hateful content on the site. YouTube since said they would review their policies on the matter.

There are some eyebrow-raising omissions (and inclusions for that matter) from TIME’s 25 most influential people on the internet list, but all-in-all it sums up how the past year of the internet has gone.

Whether it’s the President of the United States or a viral egg, there’s nothing more influential than the internet itself in 2019.

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Sykkuno becomes fastest growing streamer on Twitch

Published: 5/Dec/2020 15:54

by Daniel Cleary

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Popular content creator Sykkuno has become the fastest-growing streamer on Twitch, after building a massive following from entertaining variety streams, Among Us, and collaborations on his channel.

Although he has been streaming for many years, Sykkuno has seen a massive jump in popularity in recent months, pulling in tens of thousands of viewers during each of his broadcasts.

The soft-spoken streamer’s rise first began through the star-studded Among Us lobbies, and much like fellow content creator Corpse Husband, his unique voice captured the attention of new viewers on Twitch, which he has converted into a hardcore audience.

Sykkuno has also been living with the OfflineTV members in recent months but after recently leaving the content house, he has revealed his plans to consistently entertain fans with a variety of content, such as Among Us, Minecraft streams, and more.

Sykkuno at his stream setup
Sykkuno, Twitch
Sykkuno has become known for streaming games like Minecraft and Among Us.

The Twitch star has also collaborated with some of the top gaming creators during his rise to fame, playing with the likes of Valkyrae, Disguised Toast, and even James Charles in previous streams.

Now that his hard work is finally paying off, it was revealed that Sykkuno was actually the fastest-growing streamer on Twitch in early December, after gaining over 620,000 followers in the last 30 days, according to TwitchMetrics.

Botted followers skew stats

While there are some channels that have gained millions of followers in the last month, the top four streamers, including G2 content creator Heelmike, have all been victims of a follow bot that has been circulating. As Sykkuno is currently ranked in fifth behind these botted channels, excluding the official Twitch page, he technically holds the title as the fastest-growing creator on Twitch, in the last 30 days.

List of fastest growing streamers
TwitchMetrics
List of fastest-growing streamers on Twitch.

Sykkuno edged ahead of popular Spanish streamers like AuronPlay and G2’s Ibai Llanos, who have also seen massive growth in 2020, to claim the top spot.

The Twitch streamer is showing no signs of slowing down either, as he is continuing to pump out content after hitting such an incredible milestone.