Streaming is a mass market. The business magazine Forbes has now published a list of the ten most successful gaming streamers and influencers of 2019.
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins’ move from twitch to mixer in August 2019 was a bang on the streamingscene. In the meantime, former Counter-Strike pro Michael “shroud” Grzesiek has also switched to the Microsoft platform. According to Forbes information, shroud is expected to collect almost 20 million US dollars for three years.
The platforms Facebook, YouTube and Caffeine have also grabbed exclusive names.
The large income is not even invested in the Esports area. Ninja missed out on qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup, but last year made the bulk of his income through twitch subscribers and donations from his fans, plus sponsorships and the mixer deal mentioned above.
Also in the top 10 is the Swede Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg. On YouTube he is the biggest single person and has almost 103 million subscribers. In the past, he also fought with scandals around antifeminism, anti-Semitism and racism. His fans have remained loyal to him.
The income figures are pure estimates from the Forbes editorial office and refer to the year 2019 and the US dollar figures.
Ranking according to Forbes (source)
#1 Ninja (Tyler Blevins) – $17 million revenue
Streams primarily Fortnite and has appeared in shows by Jimmy Fallon, Trevor Noah and in the show “The Masked Singer” in America. Recently switched from Twitch to Mixer.
#2 PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) – $15 million
Biggest YouTube gaming star, is currently taking a break from business.
#3 Preston (Preston Arsement) – $14 million
Minecraft content creator who occasionally vlogged.
#4 Markiplier (Mark Fischbach) – $14 million
Became known through horror games and has its own YouTube series called “A Heist with Markiplier”.
#5 Shroud (Michael Grzesiek) – $12.5 million
Former CS:GO professional who also plays other shooter games. Recently switched from Twitch to Mixer.
#6 DanTDM (Daniel Middleton) – $12 million
Became known through Minecraft videos and launched its own interactive film called “The Contest”.
#7 VanossGaming (Evan Fong) – $11.5 million
Well-known Let’s player, who recently also played in the cartoon series “Paranormal Action Squad”.
#8 Jacksepticeye (Sean McLoughlin) – $11 million
Gamingstreamer and YouTuber from Ireland, who among other things has launched his own fashion brand with his YouTube colleague “Markiplier”.
#9 TimTheTatman (Timothy Betar) – $8 million
Fortnite streamer, who also commented on the NFL broadcasts on Twitch.
#10 Nickmercs (Nick Kolcheff) – $6 million
Fortnite streamer that plays with the controller. Is under exclusive contract with Twitch.