With livestreaming booming, more aspiring gamers and entertainers are trying to become the next big star, but the established streamers have already attracted millions of fans. Here's the top 20 most followed streamers on Twitch.
Before Fortnite came along and took over Twitch in 2018, the streaming landscape looked a lot different, but it has grown exponentially, with many of the internet's biggest names coming from a Twitch streaming background.
While some broadcasters are closely tied to a single game, like Turner 'Tfue' Tenney was with Fortnite for some time, others have built up followings on what's known as 'variety' streaming, while others attract fans thanks to their skill, sometimes doubling as professional players.
Ninja remains on top even after Twitch exit
Ninja is comfortably number one in terms of followers, with over 14 million. He ended his exclusive partnership with Twitch when he moved to Mixer, so he's no longer Twitch's top guy officially. Following Mixer's shutdown, we are still waiting for Ninja to announce a new deal with a streaming platform but he still holds the most followed spot.
At the time of Ninja's move, former CS:GO pro Michael 'shroud' Grzesiek was in second place with over six million followers, but Tfue has taken advantage of Ninja's departure to overtake shroud, who also moved to Mixer for a short while but is back on Twitch.
So, he will be fighting to take back the number two spot.
The absence of Dr Disrespect
Guy 'Dr Disrespect' Beahm broke the internet after being banned back in June this year, with influencers and celebrities searching as to what the reason was behind the ban. Even now, not even the Doc himself knows why. But because of this his account with 4,15 million followers has disappeared and won't be appearing on this list even though it would put him at 10th place.
Dr Disrespect made his return to streaming on YouTube with crazy numbers, but he won't be able to play games with streamers while they are also streaming due to Twitch's terms of service.
TSM Myth, who briefly took the number two spot in 2018, now sits in fourth with over 6.7 million followers.
Veteran streamers like Jaryd 'summit1g' Lazar and Tim 'TimTheTatman' Betar still find themselves within the top 20, showing that even after plenty of years of streaming, a loyal fanbase will stick around and grow.
Imane 'Pokimane' Anys is the only female streamer to make the top 20 with almost 5.4 million, and will likely remain so for some time. The next most popular being Loserfruit, who is a fair bit behind in 52nd, with just over 1.85 million followers.
Top 20 most followed Twitch streamers - Updated May 13, 2020
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* Note: Game/Company channels riotgames, esl_csgo, and Fortnite omitted.
We will keep this top 20 ranking updated as streamers gain more followers and move up (or down) the chart.
Last updated: August 18, 10:35 AM ET.