Twitch has heralded a new era of gaming, and it has brought with it a number of champions and streamers who are currently experiencing meteoric rises in fame and popularity.
It's the dream exchange, really. Skilled gamers get to flaunt their talents to a massive audience and fans get to see their favorite personalities in action, pwning noobs near and far. Streaming on Twitch has created massive opportunities in an industry burgeoning with possibilities, but not everyone has what it takes to become a massively successful streaming – at least if your definition of success is earning a steady monthly income. There are a few, though, who are currently riding the top of the scoreboards, and are eagerly reaping the rewards that go with it.
A streaming god, Ninja is currently the most subscribed to streamer on Twitch. Ninja, whose real name Tyler Blevins, has been a professional gamer since 2009 and started by playing Halo 3 with his team Four of a Kind. His career continued to grow as the years went on, with Ninja playing various Halo games and placing high on the rankings in a number of tournaments while playing with different lauded teams. Since discovering battle royale games such as PUBG and Fortnite, Ninja's streaming subscription has grown substantially. In March 2018 he set the record on Twitch.tv for the single highest individual stream after he hosted a Fortnite squad game with hip hop artists Drake and Travis Scott, as well as American football player JuJu Smith-Schuster.
One of the younger but still extremely popular streamers currently producing content at the moment, Ali "Myth" Kabbani began playing games when he was 5 years old and streaming when he was 15 or 16. While he initially started with Paragon, he was one of the first streamers to play Fortnite and has amassed a following of over one million. At 18 years old, his style is admired and he is one of the most feared and revered Fortnite players out there.
Jaryd Lazar, better known by his online alias, summit1g, is definitely one of the hottest Twitch streamers around. In a previous career he was a professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player but he's since retired. He held the title of being the top followed streamer on Twitch from January 2018 to March 2018 but has since been surpassed by Ninja. He also streams a number of different games including Fortnite, GTA V and DayZ.