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Though gaming is often seen as a man’s world and is dominated largely by male influencers in the gaming space, women make up a large portion of the gaming industry. In fact, 41% percent of gamers are women, and these women typically play a wide variety of games, from first person shooters and online collectible card games to RPGs and MMORPGs.
A number of women have taken their passion for games and their creative talents online, making names for themselves as top streamers on Twitch and YouTube. In 2016, Mediakix identified the top female gamers on YouTube. In 2017, we’re recognizing some of the top Twitch talents with this guide to the top female Twitch streamers.
Female Twitch streamers may not see the millions of subscribers that top gaming YouTubers are known for, but Twitch offers streamers a tight-knight community of followers, subscribers, donors, and tippers. Through sponsored content, affiliate links, partnering with brands for sales through channels, user subscriptions, and contributions, Twitch streamers have a number of revenue streams available to them, and many of the biggest streamers have made Twitch their full-time jobs. In some cases, Twitch streamers opt to join livestreaming platforms (e.g. StreamElements) in order to work on brand partnership campaigns.
Kristen goes by KittyPlays on the internet and is one of Twitch’s top talents. She streams twice a day and covers a variety of games like PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) and Overwatch. KittyPlays is also known for her vlog content, where she brings viewers along as she travels, cooks, and even races supercars. Over 760,000 followers look to KittyPlays for engaging gaming (and lifestyle) content on Twitch.
Lea May Currier is LegendaryLea online, and she uses her Twitch channel to share gaming content with nearly 620,000 followers. Recent games of choice have included World of Warcraft and Overwatch, but her primary game is Hearthstone. That said, she’s been known to shake up content every once in a while, adding games like Sims 4 to her repertoire.
ItsHAFU (real name Rumay Wang) specializes in Hearthstone, and she’s one of the world’s top players. Wang is known among her nearly 500,000 followers for her Arena streams, a distinct Hearthstone game mode in which players compete with special decks. It’s not just Hearthstone that Wang’s known for, though. She also played World of Warcraft professionally and has won several top titles in WoW.
Kaceytron streams regularly, five days per week. She plays a variety of games on her channel, though she’s best known for playing League of Legends. That said, Kaceytron also frequently streams content with Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and Grand Theft Auto V. Known for her bold personality and unapologetic (if often crude) sense of humor, Kaceytron reaches nearly 470,000 followers on Twitch.
DizzyKitten streams a variety of games on her channel, but PUBG is the most frequent. Streaming since 2013, Dizzy has amassed a loyal fanbase of more than 465,000 followers, and often shares her personality and engaging spirit with fans during her regular weekday streams. Many streamers go live regularly, but Dizzy commits to full 5-hour streams (8pm-1am CST) five days per week.
Ally is the gaming expert behind 2MGoverCSquared, a popular Twitch channel with more than 450,000 followers. Though she specializes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, she’s been known to include other games like Injustice 2 and PUBG on her channel, too. Her username is a representation of the Schwarzschild radius, and she’s been known to share her interests (from science and beyond) with her followers.
DingleDerper (known IRL as Tory) streams a lot of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and PUBG content, like many of her fellow top streamers, but she’s also known for sharing part of her life with her more than 370,000 followers. Tory includes frequent vlogs on her channel and keeps her followers up-to-date on her life. From travel vlogs to drunk streams, DingleDerper keeps her content fresh and varied.
Plenty of streamers are known for their variety, but very few streamers succeed with a diverse library of content the way Loserfruit’s done. She plays a lot of Overwatch and Witcher 3 on streams, but has plenty of vlog content, too. Loserfruit also streams Creative content, including editing streams in which she edits while broadcasting. Her content reaches over 360,000 followers, and she’s known for engaging and humorous personality.
Miss_Rage is an Austrian gamer who frequently broadcasts Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft. She doesn’t have a set streaming schedule, nor does she stick to specific streaming times like some of her peers. More than 350,000 Twitch users follow Miss_Rage and keep coming back for her live broadcasts, stream highlights, giveaways, and more.
Lanai Gara goes by “Ms Vixen” online and shares her affinity for games like Call of Duty, Battlefield 1, PUBG, LawBreakers, Mario Kart 8, and more with nearly 280,000 followers. Gara plays a wide variety of game, but first person shooters are her primary of expertise. In fact, in 2008-2009, Gara was the world’s number one ranked player in Call of Duty: World at War Free For All.