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Top 20 most followed Twitch streamers

Published: 11/May/2021 15:53

by Calum Patterson

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With live streaming 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 are 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. Since then 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. Others attract fans thanks to their skill-based content, sometimes doubling as professional players.

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Ninja remains on top after Twitch return

Ninja is comfortably number one in terms of followers, with almost 17 million. He ended his exclusive partnership with Twitch when he moved to Mixer, but came back after the platform dissolved.

While he remains on top in regards to follows, streamer Ludwig ‘Ludwig’ Aghren recently overtook the star’s total subs, passing Ninja’s mark of 269,155.

At the time of Ninja’s prior move, former CS:GO pro Michael ‘shroud‘ Grzesiek was in second place with over six million followers, but Tfue took advantage of Ninja’s departure to overtake shroud, who also moved to Mixer for a short while before returning to Twitch.

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Tfue and Ninja, two of the most followed twitch streamers.Tfue has now overtaken shroud, but has a long way to go if he wants to overtake Ninja in followers.

The absence of Dr Disrespect

Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm broke the internet after being banned back in June 2020, with the reason still a mystery. But because of this, his account with 4.45 million followers has disappeared and won’t be appearing on this list, even though it would put him in 19th 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.

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.

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Imane ‘Pokimane‘ Anys is the only female streamer to make the top followed Twitch streamers with over 7 million followers, and will likely remain so for some time.

Twitch has started to clamp down on bot accounts, with the likes of xQc being one of the most affected. These rankings may continue to fluctuate heavily, but we’ll update you accordingly.

Most followed streamers on Twitch (as of May 2021)

20: Fresh – Followers: 4.3 million

Known for: Fortnite

Fortnite streamer and YouTuber Fresh, also known as MrFreshAsian previously took the 20th spot from League of Legends streamer Tyler1, who now has dropped down further to 24th place.

19: Mongraal – Followers: 4.4 million

Known for: Fortnite

Pro FaZe player, Kyle ‘Mongraal’ Jackson, broke onto the scene in the competitive Esport back in 2019 with Team Secret before quickly securing a place within FaZe. Mongraal also has a YouTube channel that was started back in 2018, where he shared tips and tricks of his own in-game settings and keybinds.

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18: DrLupo – Followers: 4.4 million

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DrLupo is one of the most charitable and philanthropic Twitch streamers in the world.

Known for: Fortnite

Pretty much a household name from Fortnite, Benjamin ‘DrLupo’ Lupo started out as a Destiny streamer. Recently he’s diversified into Warzone, Fall Guys, Escape from Tarkov and Among Us.

17: SypherPK – Followers: 4.7 million

Known for: Fortnite

American streamer Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan is one of Fortnite’s top content creators. He provides tips and tricks for players who want to improve their skills, and also streams Warzone too.

16: Dakotaz – Followers: 4.7 million

Known for: Fortnite

Dakotaz actually grew his massive following without ever showing his face. While most big streamers use a camera, he only started doing so in mid-2020. While he’s still an avid Fortnite player, he’s been streaming Among Us a lot of late.

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15: alanzoka – Followers: 4.8 million

Known for: Variety

Brazilian Alan ‘alanzoka’ Ferreira initially established himself as a YouTuber playing Five Nights at Freddy’s and Fortnite. He has also become a major player in Rocket League and Valorant content.

14: TommyInnit – Followers: 5.3 million

TommyInnit streaming on Twitch
Twitch: TommyInnit
Tommy’s activity on the private server, the Dream SMP, helped his popularity on the platform.

Known for: Minecraft

British Minecraft streamer TommyInnit is one of the youngest players on this list. At 16, he is already proving his worth as a Twitch streamer with an impressive 4 million followers.

His followers have skyrocketed, both on Twitch and YouTube, in 2020 and 2021, but he previously suggested that he might need to take some time away from streaming on Twitch to focus on YouTube more.

13: xQc – Followers: 5.6 million

xQc on Twitch
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xQc was the most-watched streamer in 2020, in terms of hours watched.

Known for: Overwatch/Variety

A former Overwatch pro, Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel recently joined esports org Luminosity Gaming as a content creator. While he’s mostly into FPS’s, he streams an impossibly varied number of games now, and even ‘Just Chatting’ will pull in upwards of 50,000 viewers. He was the most-watched streamer in 2020.

12: NICKMERCS – Followers: 5.7 million

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NICKMERCS dominated Warzone’s Twitch numbers.

Known for: Fortnite/Call of Duty

Another big Fortnite and Call of Duty streamer, NICKMERCS spent a year as a content creator with 100Thieves before joining FaZe Clan in May 2019. He currently streams Warzone and has seen his follower count increase by 1.3m in 2020.

11: Summit1g – Followers: 5.9 million

Summit1g on Twitch
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Retired CSGO professional Summit1g now plays games such as GTA RP.

Known for: Variety

Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar actually topped our list of the best streamers of the decade, and deservingly so. He’s a veteran of Twitch and has continued to drive the biggest trends on the platform, almost 10 years into his career.

10: ibai – Followers: 5.9 million

Known for: League of Legends

Spanish streamer Ibai Llanos is known for streaming League of Legends, among other various games. Starting with LoL back in 2014. Currently, he’s a content creator for G2 Esports.

9: TimTheTatman – Followers: 6.6 million

Known for: Variety

Tim has moved from CS:GO, to Call of Duty, to Overwatch, to Fortnite, and back to Call of Duty again. No matter what he streams, he commands a huge audience and shows no signs of slowing even after such a long career.

7: Myth – Followers: 7.2 million

Known for: Fortnite/Variety

Once by far the fastest-growing streamer on Twitch, TSM Myth exploded in popularity when he made a name for himself with incredible building skills in Fortnite. Even after the hype of Fortnite died, Myth has kept his huge following interested no matter what he streams.

7: TheGrefg – Followers: 7.3 million

Known for: Fortnite/Minecraft

YouTube superstar TheGrefg produces some of the finest Spanish content Twitch has to offer. While he mostly streams Fortnite and Minecraft, he’s more recently spread out into Fall Guys and Among Us as his popularity exploded over the course of this year.

6: Pokimane – Followers: 7.7 million

Pokimane, one of top 20 most followed female Twitch streamer
Twitch: Pokimane
Pokimane is the only female streamer to reach the top 20 list.

Known for: Variety

By far the most followed female streamer, Pokimane is a beacon for many others to aspire to. A member of Offline TV, she streams a wide variety of games, but started primarily with League of Legends, before moving to Fortnite. Pokimane was the most-watched female streamer on Twitch in 2020.

5: Auronplay – Followers: 8.5 million

Known for: Variety

Like TheGrefg, Raul ‘AuronPlay’ Alvarez Genes has also exploded during 2020. A big GTA V streamer, AuronPlay has been one of the central Among Us content creators since it blew up. He bizarrely picked up a Twitch ban in September, but it was reversed 20 minutes later.

4: Rubius – Followers: 9.0 million

Known for: Variety

The most-followed non-English streamer on Twitch, Rubius is perhaps better known as a YouTuber, but his massive following also supports his live streams, too.

3: shroud – Followers: 9.1 million

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Twitch: Shroud
Shroud left Twitch for Mixer, but returned when the latter shut down.

Known for: Variety

First making his name for his ridiculous aim in CS:GO, and then PUBG, the former pro player Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek gained a reputation as the ‘human aimbot’. He moved to Mixer shortly after Ninja, but has returned to his original domain, and enjoyed a nice bump in followers since too.

2: Tfue – Followers: 10.3 million

Tfue on stream with the Twitch logo
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Tfue was the second streamer to reach 10 million followers.

Known for: Fortnite

Although he’s largely moved on from the game now, Tfue was the only Fortnite streamer who could rival Ninja during the game’s prime in 2018, and later usurped him in viewership in 2019. Ninja’s move to mixer made way for him to top the charts.

He is only the second streamer ever to hit 10 million followers on Twitch.

1: Ninja – Followers: 16.6 million

Ninja in his streaming setup
Twitch: Ninja
Ninja is by far the most-followed streamer on Twitch.

Known for: Fortnite/Variety

Like Tfue, Ninja may not be dedicated to Fortnite anymore, but it’s certainly the game that helped him reach never-seen-before levels of popularity on Twitch. A former Halo pro, he now plays a variety of big titles, and reclaimed his crown as the most-followed streamer. With almost double second place, it doesn’t look like he’ll be losing it anytime soon either.

* Note: Game/Company channels riotgames, esl_csgo, and Fortnite omitted. Botted accounts are also omitted.


We will keep this top 20 Twitch followed ranking updated as streamers gain more followers and move up (or down) the chart.