Popular streamer Jaryd ‘summit1g’ Lazar has seen a massive popularity spike on Twitch over the last few weeks and it looks to have carried him to brand-new heights on the platform.
While many have looked at Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins' success on Twitch as one of the biggest stories over the last year, they may have completely missed a dark horse in the form of summit1g come out of nowhere.
Even though Ninja once boasted over 200,000 subscribers on Twitch, the astronomical numbers were never expected to last and his numbers have predictably slid in the last few months.
As Ninja was losing ground, however, summit1g was silently gaining on him to the point that he’s now hit a major milestone that few Twitch broadcasters have been able to reach.
The former Counter-Strike pro turned full-time streamer has now crossed the elusive 40,000 subscriber mark, making it clear that Fortnite is not all it takes to reach success on Twitch.
1G's in the chat for hitting 40k subs! Congrats SumSum :punch: pic.twitter.com/gfBJtnRMyO
— Monster Gaming (@MonsterGaming) January 14, 2019
While subscriber counts are not made public by Twitch, some stat tracking sites, such as Twitch Stats, are reporting that summit has overtaken Ninja in subscribers altogether. These are in no way confirmed, however.
As evidenced by Monster's Tweet, though, summit has certainly broken the 40k mark in subscribers. This alone would be a feat in and of itself, but it becomes even more impressive when you consider the manner in which summit has reached this point.
While Ninja’s game of choice is, of course, Fortnite, summit1g has most recently been heavily diving into Sea of Thieves.
The pirate-themed adventure game came out in March 2018 and has allowed summit to show off his impressive skills in new and inventive ways.
Somehow breaking personal records on the daily, thanks again for the support dudes. Insane.
— summit1g (@summit1g) January 14, 2019
Ninja still holds a massive lead over everyone on Twitch in terms of followers at over 13 million (almost eight million more than the second place Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek), but summit’s feat is no less impressive to see given the game he’s dedicated his channel to of late.
2019 has just barely gotten underway and it already looks like we could be seeing a Twitch battle that rivals that of the infamous battle between ‘PewDiePie” and T-Series over on YouTube.