German streamer Marcel 'MontanaBlack' Eris has overtaken Michael 'shroud' Grzesiek as the personality with the most subscribers on Twitch, after the Call of Duty and Fortnite player cleared the 35,000 mark this week.
Shroud, who took the platform’s top spot after the exodus of former Twitch superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins to Mixer, is currently more than 3,000 behind MontanaBlack88. The German star currently boasts 35,705 subscribers, according to metrics website Twitchtracker.
Eris regularly plays Fortnite - even using his popularity on the game to beat out new releases in the past - and a host of back catalog Call of Duty titles. He has been switching between Fortnite, Modern Warfare, Black Ops 4, and Grand Theft Auto in recent times.
Weltweit Platz 1 mit den Subs— GetOnMyLvL (@MontanaBlack) September 1, 2019
Da soll uns jemand mal nachmachen pic.twitter.com/194DewRaLX
The 31-year-old celebrated his milestone moment by changing his stream title to “Numero Uno” and tweeted out his behind-the-scenes streaming metrics. At the time of the tweet, the German star had 35,233 subscribers.
“World number one with the subs,” said MontanaBlack in German in his celebration tweet. “Let somebody imitate us.”
The site-high subscriber record could have seen the Hamburg-based creator rake in more than $87,000 USD per month, assuming the usual 50/50 split between the streamer and Twitch. Considering MontanaBlack is one of the biggest European streamers on the site, he may even have walked away with more if he negotiated a heftier percentage.
Shroud was playing World of Warcraft Classic on-stream when he was told by his chat that the German streamer had passed the former Cloud9 pro in sub metrics, and he didn’t seem that worried to hear the news.
“MontanaBlack passed me in subs? Oh, cool,” he said, barely taking his eyes off the equipment changes he was doing for his WoW character at the same time.
There are also some doubts about who controls the top subscriber count due to the official numbers remaining hidden. While many believed shroud led the way until this week, Twitch Analysis suggests Guy 'DrDisrespect' Beahm has the most with 35,374.
While MontanaBlack appears to have won the race for top-subs for the time being, shroud still holds a top spot in Twitch’s follower count. Ninja’s abandoned Twitch channel still boasts the top spot, while Turner 'Tfue' Tenney and shroud make up the top three.
It remains to be seen if MontanaBlack can retain his leading subscriber count. Shroud’s growth has been affected by his World of Warcraft phase, and may re-spark if he returns to first-person shooters like CS:GO and PUBG, while DrDisrespect’s subs are always growing.
For a full list of the top streamers, check out the top 20 most followed channels.
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