Top 10 Streamers To Follow In 2020
Streamers are, without a doubt, an unavoidable part of pop culture. They’re watched by millions of players across the globe and are hugely important not just in the gaming realm but also in esports. They can popularize a title in a matter of days or, conversely, kill the hype in mere hours. In other words, streamers have more power than people realize.
Some of them are entertaining in the extreme. Others, however, are a bit more educational. There are even a couple of them who manage to strike a balance between the two. With so many streamers out there it’s impossible not to find someone to your liking. Want a more laid-back, chilled experience? Not a problem — go for Michael “imaqtpie” Santana. Want to be entertained by someone who’s playing a character? Go for Guy “DrDisRespect” Beahm. There are many legendary names and entertainers out there, and they’re all streaming a wide variety of games: MOBAs, first-person shooters, Battle Royale titles, fighting games, card games, and so on. The list is seemingly endless.
But who stands out the most? Let’s dive a bit deeper. It’s important to note that no list is final and definitive which means someone’s bound to be left out. Despite this, all individuals listed below are as popular as they come and have some of the biggest fan bases in the world.
Michael “imaqtpie” Santana
Imaqtpie has no equal. The former professional LCS player known for his stint with Team Dignitas has made the transition to streaming with ease. His relaxed demeanor and humor are magnetic, which is perhaps the main reason why he’s still one of the best and most-watched streamers in the world even after many years. The fact that he’s still great at League of Legends certainly helps as well.
Guy “DrDisRespect” Beahm
The moustached FPS veteran is definitely one of the most entertaining individuals you can watch on Twitch. His persona is like something out of the WWE, and his skills in-game are every bit as fantastic. He’s consistent, amusing, and competitive — the perfect mix for a streamer. He is widely regarded as one of the best streamers in the world, and has raked in multiple awards for his efforts including the “Streamer of the Year” award from Esports Awards in 2020.
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins
Twitch’s biggest record-setter, the first streamer that has managed to reach the 10 million followers mark, and the first gamer who wound up on the cover of ESPN. In many ways, he’s a trailblazer, a man who, once he broke through, reached seismic levels of fame. He became Twitch’s poster child and even ended up in Fortnite.
Talk about hitting it big…
Ninja is now streaming exclusively for Mixer, but his contributions to streaming and Twitch in general are unrivaled.
Tyler “Tyler1” Steinkamp
Tyler is truly a unique specimen. He was toxic to such a degree that he was permanently banned by Riot Games. From April 2016 all the way up to January 2018, Tyler was known as one of the most toxic players in North America. He’s not exactly a bad dude — he just wants to win, and sometimes that’s hard in League of Legends when you’re not paired with the right teammates. His triumphant return raked in almost 400,000 viewers on Twitch, making it known that he’s in a league of his own.
Tyler, for all his faults, is also in character whenever he streams, although he certainly takes things a bit too far at times. He is, however, trying his hardest to entertain in any way he possibly can. His “Tyler1 Championship Series” was first broadcasted in November of 2017. This ingenious parody (shot in front of a shoddy green screen) peaked at over 200,000 viewers on Twitch and became an online phenomenon.
Love him or hate him, it’s impossible not to be impressed by what he’s done in the streaming world.
Jaryd “Summit1g” Lazar
Yet another streaming legend. With over four million subscribers, Summit1g is ever-present in any Top 10 streamers list. While he specializes in FPS games, he’s also known for picking up open-world titles and playing them with equal fervor. Right now, however, he can mostly be seen traversing the fictional Norvinsk region in Escape from Tarkov.
Imane “Pokimane” Anys
The world most famous female streamer. Pokimane has definitely accomplished more than many who came before her. She’s a jack of all trades and her streams are as varied in content and substance as possible. When she does game, it’s mostly League of Legends and Fortnite, arguably two of the most popular games in the world. She’s also a key part of Offline TV, a group of content creators and entertainers.
Felix “xQc” Lengyel
Watching xQc is a unique experience. He’s arguably the most energetic streamer out there, for better and worse. The former pro Overwatch player is both insanely entertaining but also at times overwhelming. Still, his patented reactions and fast talk are definitely something you won’t find elsewhere, and his play is every bit as stellar.
Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek
The former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro player is as famous a streamer as they come and is a deserving member of the streaming pantheon. His recent move to Mixer took everyone by surprise, but it does make sense overall.
He’s insanely competitive and is often streaming a wide variety of games like Apex Legends, Escape from Tarkov, Rainbow Six Siege, Call of Duty, and many others. He’s an absolute streaming behemoth and ranks near the top in almost every measurable statistic.
Ali “Myth” Kabbani
Myth is one of the most popular streamers in the world with almost six million followers. He’s a spectacular Fortnite player (one the best on Twitch and in the world) and is known for his top-tier play. With brands like Logitech and Geico (all Team SoloMid sponsors) behind his back, he was able to thrive during Fortnite’s heyday and is now reaping the benefits.
Turner “Tfue” Tenney
After Ninja left Twitch for Mixer, you can argue that no one prospered more than Tfue. He’s currently leading the pack with over 7.5 million followers and has entered 2020 with staggering numbers and records from last year. His accomplishments even eclipsed Shroud, Summit1g, and Ninja, which goes to show just how popular the American streamer really is.
There’s no one out there at the moment who can match his popularity, and the fact that Tfue is streaming less than most of his peers (while raking in more views) tells us that people tune in whenever he’s online regardless of what he’s doing or which game he opts to stream.