Meet the Top Twenty Richest Twitch Esports Streamers

Richest Twitch Streamers

Since being founded in 2011, Twitch has empowered entertaining personalities to build a name for themselves, develop a community of followers, and make some money—all by having fun online. While the majority of Twitch esports streamers don’t make it their full-time gig, some of the more successful personalities are able to quit their jobs and earn a comfortable living. A small amount of them can even make a killing by building a big enough audience and generating sponsorship opportunities with popular brands. 

Richest Twitch Streamers
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Below are the twenty wealthiest Twitch streamers of all time. These guys became millionaires by providing us with free entertainment, so they definitely deserve some kudos. Find out who’s the richest—and how rich he is—by reading through.

20. Richest Twitch Streamers: DizzyKitten

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DizzyKitten (real name Brandi) got her start streaming Counter Strike: Global Offensive, but has since expanded into a variety of other games such as PUBG, World Of Warcraft, Red Dead Redemption, Assassin’s Creed, and Fortnite. She’s also known for her exceptional skills playing the Twitch-released indie title Super Hexagon.

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While DizzyKitten has started moving away from gaming content—she now uploads a lot of ASMR and cosplay videos to her channel—she’s still able to pay the bills through Twitch. DizzyKitten made approximately $600,000 through streaming, all told. Let’s hope she decides to pick up a control again sometime soon.

19. Richest Twitch Streamers: Dakotaz

Richest Twitch Streamers
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Dakotaz (real name Brett Hoffman) hasn’t been streaming as long as some of the others on our list, despite his impressive earnings. He rose in popular with the release of Fortnite, but is also a popular streamer of survivor and horror-themed games like H1Z1 and The Forest. On top of that, he’s also a member of highly acclaimed League of Legends team Team Solomid.

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All told, Dakotaz has a net worth of around $650,000 through his various gaming-related jobs. He has about 2.5 million followers on Twitch and just as many subscribers on YouTube, which means his net worth is likely to continue growing in the coming years.

18. Richest Twitch Streamers: Pokimane

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Pokimane (real name Imane Anys) is a Morrocan-Canadian League of Legends streamer. She is also the highest ranking woman on our list, having earned nearly $900,000 from her Twitch career. Not bad for a job where you sit and play games all day, but still not a great showing of gender diversity for the community. But if any gamer girl can climb higher, there’s a good chance it’s Pokimane.

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Not only is she a competitive gamer, she’s also well known as a cosplayer and frequently streams non-gaming activities in her life. Her revenue has remained impressive whether she’s gaming or not, so it’s likely that Pokimane still has a great Twitch career ahead of her.

17. Richest Twitch Streamers: Dyrus

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Dyrus (real name Marcus Hill) is a Hawaiian-born Twitch streamer and was formerly one of the most prominent Major League Gamers on League of Legends. While he retired from active competition back in 2015, his reputation as one of the star players on legendary LoL team Delta Fox. He was one of just two players in the world who were able to consecutively qualify for the first five LoL world champion tournaments

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Today, Dyrus uploads new streams to Twitch on a daily basis. He shows a particular affinity for real-time strategy and multiplayer online battle arena games, and has earned about $1 million through his Twitch channel.

16. Richest Twitch Streamers: TSM_Myth

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At just 20 years old, TSM_Myth (real name Ali Kabbani) is the youngest person on this list. He was one of the earliest streamers to embrace Fortnite back in mid-2017, and quickly became one of the most celebrated and recognizable players of the game. He’s the leader of Team Solomid and has made a sizable sum of money—not to mention tons of acclaim—through his participation in numerous esports and gaming tournaments.

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Having earned approximately $1 million from his streaming and competitive gaming careers before he was legally allowed to purchase alcohol in America, TSM_Myth is one of the great success stories from Twitch. It would be easy to be jealous of him if he wasn’t so likable in his videos.

15. Richest Twitch Streamers: Sodapoppin

Source: YouTube/Sodapoppin

Sodapoppin (real name Chance Morris) is considered an OG Twitch streamer and a veritable legend in the League of Legends community. He was even ranked as the number one player in the entire game back in 2014 While he only competed competitively in LoL, he’s known to stream a wide variety of popular games on his channel.

Richest Twitch Streamers
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Sodapoppin is presumed to be a millionaire, mostly from the revenue his channel generates but also partly through his prize winnings. He doesn’t offer much merchandise, though, so he could probably be higher on this list if he wanted to. He does have about 2.5 million subscribers on his channel, after all.

14. Richest Twitch Streamers: DrLupo

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DrLupo (real name Benjamin Lupo) is somewhat of a rarity on this list as he began his streaming career as a creator of Density content. While the Bungle-developed game was seen as a bit of a let-down by the gaming community, DrLupo leveraged the popularity he gained from it to transition to other games H1Z1.

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DrLupo is also a major influencer through games like PUBG and Fortnite, which he dual streams with fellow battle royal-er Ninja. Though Nina is considerably higher on this list, DrLupo has still managed to attain 2.6 million followers on his Twitch channel, which have given him a net worth of about $1 million.

13. Richest Twitch Streamers: Lirik

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Lirik (real name Saqib Zahid) was one of the first gamers to discover the opportunity presented by Twitch. He started his channel all the way back in 2011, while most of the other names on this list were still only on YouTube. He’s first and foremost a League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, occasionally posting 10-hour-long streams of either game to his channel.

Source: Twitter/LIRIK

Through his channel and the ensuing sponsorships, Lirik has made himself a millionaire. One of his biggest sponsors is the chat and networking service Discord. Lirik currently has 2.3 million followers on Twitch, and continues to amass more everyday despite opting not to stream some extremely popular games like Fortnite.

12. Richest Twitch Streamers: Reckful

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Reckful (real name Byron Daniel Bernstein) played World of Warcraft competitively for a number of years, competing in tournaments and casting the game at the height of its popularity. This led him transition into Blizzard’s other big competitive property, Hearthstone. While that might seem like a natural transition to a lot of people, to his fans it was seen as somewhat of a betrayal.

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Despite that, Reckful is said to be worth $1.5 million today. While Hearthstone isn’t as popular as WoW, and has seen a downturn in viewership this year, Reckful remains a talented, likable, and high-earning player.

11. Richest Twitch Streamers: MOONMOON_OW

Source: Twitch/MOONMOON_OW

As you can probably tell from his name, MOONMOON_OW (real name Jesse) streams Overwatch. When the game was released he quickly became one of its most watched and celebrated players, and as the game grew in popularity, so did his Twitch channel. He’s most associated with the dark-winged hero Widowmaker.

Richest Twitch Streamers
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Lately, though, MOONMOON_OW has diversified his channel to include streams of other popular games like Skyrim and GTA V. He relies entirely off of his Twitch streams, and according to some recent estimates he makes about the same as both Reckful and the next name on our list.

10. Richest Twitch Streamers: Imaqtpie

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Imaqtpie (real name Michael Santana) is one of the most popular streamers in the gaming community. He’s reportedly worth about $1.5 million from his gaming and streaming career, as well as his various endorsements and other digital business ventures. Like most of the streamers on this list, he also makes videos on YouTube,

Source: YouTube/Imaqtpie

A former professional competitive gamer, Imaqtpie has been streaming since 2014. He first became well known as a competitor in League of Legends, joining popular teams like Oh God bears, Delta Fox, and Dignitas. He is a highly skilled gamer who streams from his home in California and still occasionally dabbles in LoL competitive play.

9. Richest Twitch Streamers: Summit1G

Source: YouTube/Summit1G

Summit1G (real name Jaryd Lazar) made a name for himself through his addictively entertaining CS:GO streams. Active on Twitch since 2012, Summit1G has over 33,000 subscribers and more than 3.5 million followers. His videos typically garner a minimum of 30,000 views, and from January to March 2018 he was the most followed streamer on Twitch.

Source: YouTube/Summit1G

In addition to Counter-Strike, Summit1G steams a wide variety of popular titles such as WarZ, H1Z1, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, GTA V and Sea of Thieves. He can also occasionally be found streaming Sea of Thieves, Escape from Tarkov, Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Overwatch. Like Imaqtpie, he is a retired competitive player, and is said to be worth about $2 million.

8. Richest Twitch Streamers: Dr. DisRespect

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Dr. DisRespect (real name Guy Beahm) isn’t so much a real life person as he is a personality created by Beahm. The (not so) good doctor can be recognized by his icon, jet-black mustache, mullet wig, and reflective sunglasses. He currently has more than 3.7 million followers on Twitch and is best known for playing battle royale games like H1Z1, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Black Ops 4: Blackout, and Apex Legends.

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Though he used to be a level designer at Sledgehammer Games, he quit in 2015 to focus begin his streaming career full-time. Now, DisRespect is worth about $3.5 million entirely from his YouTube income, his Twitch account, and his very popular line of merchandise.

7. Richest Twitch Streamers: PhantomL0rd

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PhantomL0rd (real name James Verga) is one of the more controversial names on this list, but his net worth speaks for itself. He became a celebrity on Twitch in 2016 playing games like Team Fortress Classic, Counter-Strike, Quake3 Arena, and World of Warcraft. He’s best known, though, for his aggressive play style in League of Legends. In September 2011, PhantomL0rd was the top ranked solo player in the game.

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The controversy stems from allegations that he promoted a CS:GO gambling site on his Twitch channel in 2017 without disclosing his business ties to it. This caused Twitch to ban him, which in turn led to a lawsuit between the streamer and the streaming website. Despite this, he’s still worth approximately $4 million.

6. Richest Twitch Streamers: Shroud

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Also worth about $4 million, Shroud (real name Michael Grzesiek, previously known as Meclipse), is a Polish-Canadian streamer. His favourite games to stream include PUBG, CS:GO, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Rainbow Six Siege, Apex Legends, and Battalion 1944. He will also stream non-FPS titles like Minecraft and World of Warcraft.

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As a part of the popular CS:GO, Cloud9 team, Shroud placed first in ESL Pro League Season 4 In 2016 and second in ESL One Cologne in 2017. He also took part in the PUBG “Twitch Rivals” tournament, placing second. Today he boasts a total of 345 million views across his 6,000 streaming hours on Twitch.

5. Richest Twitch Streamers: Syndicate

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Syndicate (real name Tom Cassell) is not only the first person to reach 1 million Twitch followers, but he’s also a world famous vlogger and runs one of the top 100 most subscribed YouTube channels. Today, he has more than 2.4 million Twitch followers and has leveraged that popularity into becoming vice president of CSGOLotto.com, a Counter-Strike-based gambling website that has landed Syndicate, like PhantomL0rd, in a fair bit of controversy.

Source: YouTube/TheSyndicateProject

Since running afoul of the Federal Trade Commission, Syndicate has somewhat reduced his presence on Twitch, but he still streams and uploads new videos on occasion and his net worth is around $5 million. He is perhaps best known for his Minecraft and Call of Duty: Black Ops “zombie” mode streams.

4. Richest Twitch Streamers: NightBlue3

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NightBlue3 (real name Rabia Yazbek) is one of the highest-profile League of Legends players on the internet. Unlike most of the other streamers on this list, he isn’t known for streaming a variety of games, instead sticking to his true calling: LoL. In 2013, he was a member of the professional team Sirens A before joining Team SoloMid in 2014. With SoloMid he was ranked the best Jungler in North America.

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On Twitch, NightBlue3 reached 1 million followers on September 13, 2015. For this milestone, he helped raise nearly $30,000 for the Save the Children organization in a 24-hour charity stream session. Since then he’s amassed another 700,000 followers, and currently has more than 2.7 million subscribers, as well as a cool $6 million.

3. Richest Twitch Streamers: TimTheTatman

Richest Twitch Streamers
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TimTheTatman (real name Timothy Betar) started streaming on Twitch in 2012 but became a full-time streamer two years later. He has gained more than 4 million followers and 1.2 million subscribers. He’s well known for streaming CS:GO, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft, but is best known for Fortnite. TimTheTatman has made about $6.5 million from his Twitch and YouTube channels, but also from his sponsorship of Monster Energy.

Richest Twitch Streamers
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Like NightBlue3, Tim has raised money for charities through his streams. Last year, he set the Twitch charitable donation record by raising over $106,000 for children’s medical research in just 4 hours.

2. Richest Twitch Streamers: Ninja

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Nina (real name Tyler Blevins) is also best known for streaming Fortnite, and has racked up the second most wins in the history of the game. He got a big boost in popularity—and income—when he streamed with Drake last year. Reportedly, Ninja earned as much as $500,000 and $1 million in one month, and is said to have $10 million in the bank. Approximately 70% of his income comes from YouTube and Twitch.

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Before Fortnite, Ninja was yet another professional Halo player, but the rise of Twitch and Fortnite is what turned him into a celebrity and a multi-millionaire. Though he has since retired from playing Halo competitively, he still enjoys the game in his spare time.

1. Richest Twitch Streamers: PewDiePie

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PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) is possibly the most popular gamer in the world. His YouTube account has more than 100 million subscribers and 23 billion video views. He’s not quite as well-known for his Twitch streams, but he’s still amassed more than 1 million followers and nearly 8 million channel views.

Source: YouTube/PewDiePie

Born in Sweden, PewDiePie’s been streaming for nearly a decade. In 2016 he was named one of Time’s most influential people of the year, breaking new ground for what a video game streamer and internet personality can achieve. With an estimated income of $20 million, he’s earned the title of the richest streamer on Twitch.

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