By 2021, the global gaming market is expected to exceed $180 billion in revenue—a 30.6% increase from $137.9 billion in 2018. In the last few years, gaming has grown more significant on existing platforms like YouTube and Facebook, but it has also spurred the creation of dedicated livestream gaming platforms, like Twitch and Caffeine.tv.
Even staying up-to-date on gaming terms has proven crucial to understanding the industry’s growing value. As a result, the gaming community has evolved to include a wide variety of gaming influencers in different gaming niches.
From the top female YouTube gamers and the overall top gaming YouTubers, to the top female Twitch streamers and most followed Twitch influencers, online gamers have established an impressive cross-platform presence. As these gaming platforms duke it out, most gamers are maximizing their presence across multiple gaming platforms.
As the gaming industry landscape diversifies more, brands interested in partnering with the leading gaming influencers need to keep up with the changing tides. To help, we’ve collected a list of the 30 top gaming influencers in 2019 (nine of which are females) who reach more than 340 million subscribers on their top gaming channels:
Now, we introduce you to the 30 top gaming influencers of 2019 ranked in descending order of subscribers on their top gaming platform.
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, is a gamer and commentator best known for his humorous “Let’s Play” videos and vlogs on YouTube. As of February 2019, his channel has received over 20 billion video views. His Twitch account has also accrued 1 million subscribers.
Evan Fong, the creator of VanossGaming, is an internet personality and video game commentator. His posts are typically montage-style videos of himself and other content creators playing popular video games. In 2016, his videos earned him a nomination for a Shorty Award in the “Tech and Innovation: Gaming” category.
Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Mark Fischbach is a well-known YouTuber specializing in “Let’s Play” videos. His games of choice are frequently of the survival horror genre. His videos have reached over 10.7 billion views, and his channel is currently the 44th most-subscribed.
American video game streamer Richard Tyler Blevins, more commonly known by his online alias Ninja is famous for his gameplay videos and tutorials on both YouTube and Twitch. He is currently the most followed gamer on Twitch, ringing in at over 13 million followers.
29-year-old Irish YouTuber Seán William McLoughlin, or Jacksepticeye, is best known for his amusing Let’s Play series and comedy vlogs. His channel is the most-subscribed in Ireland, and he has 500,000 Twitch followers as well.
Known by online alias DanTDM, Daniel Robert Middleton is a British YouTube star, pro-gamer, and author. Videos on his popular YouTube channel cover a range of video games, but Minecraft is among his most frequently covered, in addition to the currently trending Fortnite.
Olajide William “JJ” Olatunji, known by his shortened YouTube name “KSI”, is a YouTube personality, comedian, rapper, and white-collar boxer. His channel initially focused on the FIFA video game franchise. More recently, he has become well-known for his music as well. His YouTube channel is the 65th most-subscribed.
Alia Marie Shelesh, age 26, is a British-American YouTuber and gamer. Her online alias is a combination of her original channel name, sexysexysniper, and Sniper Wolf, one of the main antagonists of “Metal Gear Solid.” Her videos collectively have over 3.1 billion views, making her one of the most popular female YouTubers.
22-year-old Harry Christopher George Lewis, known online as wroetoshaw or W2S, is an online gamer and YouTube personality. He’s the youngest member of the Sidemen, a group of seven British YouTube gamers who have since built a brand from their name. Lewis’ videos often revolve around FIFA series commentaries.
Tom Cassell, a British vlogger and gamer, runs one of the top 100 most-subscribed YouTube channels called “TheSyndicateProject.” Minecraft gameplays are among his most well-received uploads on YouTube. Cassell has an additional 2.7 million followers on Twitch.
Turner Tenney, age 21, is an American esports player from Florida. He’s known as “The Best Fortnite Player in the World,” beating fellow YouTube star Ninja. His videos have 730 million views on YouTube, with his Twitch account drawing in another 5.4 million followers.
Tiffany Garcia—also known as Cupquake, Tiffyquake, or iHasCupquake—is an American gamer specializing in YouTube gaming videos, DIYs, and cosplays. She’s best known for uploading plays of Minecraft Oasis. She also sells her own merchandise and has 85,000 Twitch followers.
24-year-old Michael Grzesiek, known professionally by the name Shroud, is a Polish-Canadian Twitch and YouTube streamer. The former professional Counter-Strike player has shared plays of numerous trending games, most recently Apex Legends. Although best-known for Twitch streaming, his 4.5 million subscribers puts him on the list of top gaming influencers on YouTube as well.
A 19-year-old gamer from Michigan, Ali Kabbani is equally popular on both Twitch (4.9 million subscribers) and YouTube (4.3 million subscribers). His livestreams and videos focus on games like Fortnite and Minecraft, and he frequently features other popular livestreamers.
A YouTuber and gamer from Florida, 28-year-old Jennifer uploads daily videos that primarily revolve around her daily life. She also uploads gaming videos and is collaborating with her husband, another gamer under the YouTube name “PopularMMOs,” on a Roblox video series.
Elizabeth, who goes by Lizzie or LDShadowLady, is a British gamer most popular for her Minecraft gameplay series. Her unique sense of humor and charm have earned her channel over a billion views.
Jessica Bravura, known as Jess or Aphmau, is a Minecraft player best known for her “Minecraft Diaries” series. She also has thousands of followers on other social networks including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
American Twitch streamer Jaryd Russell Lazar is a retired competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player whose livestreams routinely reach 30,000 viewers. Lazar was the most followed Twitch streamer from January to March 2018.
Timothy John Betar is an American Twitch Streamer widely known for his Fortnite gameplays. He is often seen collaborating with other major Twitch Streamers. His YouTube channel is also highly rated, with over 1 million subscribers.
American Fortnite player and video creator Brett Hoffman uploads almost daily on both Twitch and Youtube. His gameplays and commentary have garnered 68 million views on Twitch and 210 million views on YouTube, with 2.7 million subscribers.
Riot Games is an esports tournament organizer and video game developer from Los Angeles, California. Their Twitch channel is best known for its League of Legends videos. They’ve also earned 3 million subscribers on their LoL Esports YouTube channel.
Moroccan and Canadian gamer Imane Anys gained popularity for her Fortnite YouTube videos. Her Twitch livestreams, which frequently showcase her League of Legends and Fortnite experiences, have garnered over 450,000 Twitch followers as well, earning her a place in the top 100 gaming influencers.
Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV is an American internet personality and Twitch streamer. Most famous for posting Battle Royale gameplay videos, his livestream views frequently reach the millions.
Benjamin “Dr” Lupo is a professional Rogue player and video game streamer. His videos boast 48 million views on Twitch, and his YouTube channel has over 1 million subscribers. Many of his videos have a unique charity component.
Irish YouTube sensation Little Kelly uploads Minecraft School games and CrazyCraft videos on her popular channel. She has multiple channels, including Little Kelly Plays and Little Kelly Roblox.
Rabia “Nightblue3” Yazbek has been a League of Legends streamer for over seven years. In that time, his informative streams have reeled in nearly a billion YouTube views and over 1,457,000 followers on Twitch.
Former pro gamer for Team Dignitas, Michael Santana pursued a full-time streaming career starting in 2014. One of the biggest League of Legends streamers, he earns over $3 million each year from Twitch streaming alone.
Saqib Zahid, or LIRIK, is an American Twitch streamer featuring gameplays of multiple popular games. Zahid is one of 200 top gaming influencers sponsored by Discord.
American content creator Stacy Marie Hinojosa is well-known for her popular gaming channel StacyPlays, plus a second vlogging channel. Her most popular Minecraft series is called “Dogcraft,” and she frequently shows appreciation for her fans by highlighting submitted fan art.
Kristin Michaela, known on Twitch and YouTube as KittyPlays, shares videos on games like Dota 2, CS:GO, and more recently Fortnite. While her popularity is greater on Twitch, she also has over 600,000 subscribers on YouTube with over 56 million total views.