Summit1g has long been one of the biggest content creators on Twitch, largely as a result of his versatility and willingness to play whatever games his viewers want to see.
He brings skillful gameplay to every title he plays, as well as the trademark personality and laughs that led us to crown him as our streamer of the decade. Despite this, a few streamers have managed to out-do Lazar; at least when it comes to followers they amassed on Twitch.
As Fortnite Battle Royale exploded in popularity, so too did the game’s leading content creators. At the head of this list is, of course, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins. The ex-Halo pro amassed over 14 million followers before he transitioned over to Microsoft’s Mixer.
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What is most remarkable about Blevins’ Twitch achievements though, is the speed at which he acquired his monumental following. This became clear when looking at a live graph, which displayed the most followed Twitch channels from 2014 to 2019.
The early years are dominated by summit himself, Syndicate and Riot Games. When 2018 starts, however, Ninja flies in out of nowhere to lead comfortably. “Look at Ninja!” Lazar shouted. “Oh my god!”
Over the first few months of 2018, Blevins flew past summit, who was sat at nearly 3 million followers.
“Oh my god!” exclaimed Lazar. “That’s so gross. Dude for years - I don’t think you understand - for years we were all chilling. Then for one year Ninja’s just like 'brahhh', smoking through everybody!”
Not only did Ninja go on to amass over double the followers of the next-most followed channel, he also broke records in terms of the most subscribed to channel and the most concurrent viewers on an individual’s stream.
Summit then also witnessed the rise of Myth, and the impressive race for second he battled with shroud. Tfue's rise also overtook summit and others.
It’s fair to say summit has seen it all on Twitch, but was still stunned at how fast Ninja brought in millions and millions of viewers.
While Blevins has not experienced the same viewership so far on Mixer, it’s fair to say he conquered Twitch prior to his switch.