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Top 20 Twitch Streamers: Most followed channels

Published: 25/Oct/2021 15:47 Updated: 25/Oct/2021 15:49

by Calum Patterson

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As aspiring gamers and entertainers work to become the most popular Twitch star, the established names have already attracted millions of followers. Here are the top 20 biggest streamers on Twitch.

In 2021, streaming has continued to grow at an accelerated pace, particularly with increased competition from YouTube and Facebook Gaming. But, Twitch remains number one for livestream content.

At the very top of the pile are those streamers with millions of followers, who regularly attract tens of thousands of viewers, as soon as they hit the ‘go live’ button. Some of these streamers have been around for over a decade, while others have only just got their start in the past year.

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Additional reporting by Ava Thompson-Powell.

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Twitch is home to some of the biggest streamers on the internet.

Ninja remains number 1 on Twitch

Ninja is comfortably at number one on the list of the most followed Twitch streamers, with 17 million followers on his channel. He ended his exclusive partnership with Twitch when he moved to Mixer, but came back after the platform dissolved.

While he remains on top in regards to followers and popularity, streamer Ludwig ‘Ludwig’ Aghren has overtaken the record for most subs at one time, passing Ninja’s mark of 269,154. His overall viewership may have also dropped in 2021, but he still holds the number one spot for followers by a long shot.

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At the time of Ninja’s prior move, former CS:GO pro Michael ‘shroud‘ Grzesiek was in second place with over six million followers, but Tfue took advantage of Ninja’s departure to overtake shroud, who also moved to Mixer for a short while before returning to Twitch. Now, Tfue has over 10 million, and shroud has dropped to fourth, with El Rubius overtaking.

Tfue and Ninja, two of the top twitch streamers.Tfue has now overtaken shroud, but has a long way to go if he wants to overtake Ninja in followers.

The rise of Spanish streamers

One of the big changes in the past couple years, when looking at the landscape of big names on Twitch, is the growth of non-English speaking streamers.

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In particular, Spanish-speaking streamers are dominating, now taking six of the top 20 spots. This is thanks to the growth of streaming not only in Spain, but also South America.

Dr Disrespect’s ban

Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm broke the internet after being banned back in June 2020, with the reason still a mystery. At the time of his ban, he had 4.45 million followers, which now, wouldn’t even make the top 20.

Dr Disrespect made his return to streaming on YouTube, and has been very successful there, though admits that not streaming on Twitch has cost him in revenue.

Minecraft streamers taking over

This year especially we have seen a surge in streamers in the top 20 who are famous for Minecraft. Namely, Dream and TommyInnit, who have shot into the top 20 rapidly. We also expect to see Ranboo make an appearance in the top 20 soon, perhaps knocking Mongraal off the list.

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Earlier in 2021, Twitch started to clamp down on bot accounts, with the likes of xQc being one of the most affected. Since then, things seem to have evened out, but that doesn’t stop the most followed Twitch streamers rankings from continually changing.


Top 20 most popular Twitch streamers

20: Mongraal – Followers: 4.9 million

Known for: Fortnite

Pro FaZe player, Kyle ‘Mongraal‘ Jackson, broke onto the scene in the competitive Esport back in 2019 with Team Secret before quickly securing a place within FaZe. Mongraal also has a YouTube channel that was started back in 2018, where he shared tips and tricks of his own in-game settings and keybinds.

19: SypherPK – Followers: 5.0 million

Known for: Fortnite

American streamer Ali ‘SypherPK‘ Hassan is one of Fortnite’s top content creators. He provides tips and tricks for players who want to improve their skills, and also streams Warzone too.

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18: AdinRoss – Followers: 5.1 million

Twitch streamer Adin Ross
Twitch: AdinRoss
Adin Ross has 4.7 million followers on Twitch.

Known for: Variety

It’s pretty safe to say that Adin Ross made his name known in 2021. From his GTA streams, to his IRL live streams with friends such as Sommer Ray and ZIAS, Adin has skyrocketed in growth on Twitch.

17: alanzoka – Followers: 5.3 million

Known for: Variety

Brazilian Alan ‘alanzoka’ Ferreira initially established himself as a YouTuber playing Five Nights at Freddy’s and Fortnite. He has also become a major player in Rocket League and Valorant content.

16: Dream – Followers: 5.6 million

Known for: Minecraft

Focusing on Minecraft content, and known as Dream over on YouTube with over 22.6 million subscribers, ‘dreamwastaken’ has skyrocketed through the Twitch ranking to land at #18 lightning-fast. Gaining over 10 million subscribers incredibly quickly back when they started their YouTube channel, it looks as if their Twitch channel will follow the same pattern.

15: juansguarnizo – Followers: 5.6 million

Known for: Variety

Juan is South America’s biggest streamer. He is originally from Colombia, but boasts a massive audience in Mexico, where he currently lives. He streams a variety of games, but mainly focuses on Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto.

14: summit1g – Followers: 6.0 million

Summit1g Smiling
Twitch, Summit1g
Summit1g plays a character named Charles Johnson on the NoPixel GTA RP server

Known for: Variety

Jaryd ‘Summit1g‘ Lazar actually topped our list of the best streamers of the decade, and deservingly so. He’s a veteran of Twitch and has continued to drive the biggest trends on the platform, almost 10 years into his career.

13: NICKMERCS – Followers: 6.2 million

Nickmercs streaming
Twitch: NICKMERCS
Nick has consistently been of the highest viewed Warzone streamers on Twtich.

Known for: Fortnite/Call of Duty

Another big Fortnite and Call of Duty streamer, NICKMERCS spent a year as a content creator with 100Thieves before joining FaZe Clan in May 2019. He currently streams Warzone and has previously seen his follower count increase by 1.3m in 2020.

12: TommyInnit – Followers: 6.7 million

TommyInnit streaming on Twitch
Twitch: TommyInnit
Tommy’s activity on the private server, the Dream SMP, helped his popularity on the platform.

Known for: Minecraft

British Minecraft streamer TommyInnit is one of the youngest players on this list. At 17, he is already proving his worth as a Twitch streamer with an impressive follower count of over 6 million.

His followers have skyrocketed, both on Twitch and YouTube, in 2020 and 2021, but he previously suggested that he might need to take some time away from streaming on Twitch to focus on YouTube more.

11: TimTheTatman – Followers: 7.0 million

Known for: Variety

Despite now moving to YouTube, Tim’s channel is still available on Twitch, meaning he keeps his spot on this list.

Tim has moved from CS:GO, to Call of Duty, to Overwatch, to Fortnite, and back to Call of Duty again. No matter what he streams, he commands a huge audience and shows no signs of slowing even after such a long career.

10: Myth – Followers: 7.4 million

Known for: Fortnite/Variety

Once by far the fastest-growing streamer on Twitch, TSM Myth exploded in popularity when he made a name for himself with incredible building skills in Fortnite. Even after the hype of Fortnite died, Myth has kept his huge following interested no matter what he streams.

9: ibai – Followers: 8.2 million

Known for: League of Legends

Spanish streamer Ibai Llanos is known for streaming League of Legends, among other various games. Starting with LoL back in 2014. Currently, he’s a content creator for G2 Esports.

8: Pokimane – Followers: 8.3 million

Pokimane, one of the most followed Twitch streamers
Twitch: Pokimane
Pokimane is the only female streamer to reach the top 20 list.

Known for: Variety

By far the most followed female streamer, Pokimane is a beacon for many others to aspire to. A member of Offline TV, she streams a wide variety of games, but started primarily with League of Legends, before moving to Fortnite. Pokimane was the most-watched female streamer on Twitch in 2020.

8: TheGrefg – Followers: 8.3 million

Known for: Fortnite/Minecraft

YouTube superstar TheGrefg produces some of the finest Spanish content Twitch has to offer. While he mostly streams Fortnite and Minecraft, he’s more recently spread out into Fall Guys and Among Us as his popularity exploded over the course of this year.

6: xQc – Followers: 9.4 million

xQc on Twitch
YouTube / xQcOW
xQc was the most-watched streamer in 2020, in terms of hours watched.

Known for: Overwatch/Variety

A former Overwatch pro, Félix ‘xQc‘ Lengyel recently joined esports org Luminosity Gaming as a content creator. While he’s mostly into FPS’s, he streams an impossibly varied number of games now, and even ‘Just Chatting’ will pull in upwards of 50,000 viewers. He was the most-watched streamer in 2020.

5: Shroud – Followers: 9.8 million

shroud twitch streamer
Twitch: Shroud
Shroud left Twitch for Mixer, but returned when the latter shut down.

Known for: Variety

First making his name for his ridiculous aim in CS:GO, and then PUBG, the former pro player Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek gained a reputation as the ‘human aimbot’. He moved to Mixer shortly after Ninja, but has returned to his original domain, and enjoyed a nice bump in followers since too.

4: Rubius – Followers: 10.2 million

Known for: Variety

One of the most followed non-English speaking streamer on Twitch, Rubius is perhaps better known as a YouTuber, but his massive following also supports his live streams, too.

3: Auronplay – Followers: 10.5 million

Known for: Variety

Like TheGrefg, Raul ‘AuronPlay’ Alvarez Genes has also exploded during 2020. A big GTA V streamer, AuronPlay has been one of the central Among Us content creators since it blew up. He bizarrely picked up a Twitch ban in September, but it was reversed 20 minutes later.

2: Tfue – Followers: 10.7 million

Tfue, one of the most followed Twitch streamers.
Tfue/Twitch
Tfue was the second streamer to reach 10 million followers.

Known for: Fortnite/Call of Duty

Despite being taken over in terms of subs by Pestily, Tfue continues to hold the number two spot for the most followed Twitch streamer. Although he’s largely moved on from the game now, Tfue was the only Fortnite streamer who could rival Ninja during the game’s prime in 2018, and later usurped him in viewership in 2019. Ninja’s move to mixer made way for him to top the charts.

He is only the second most followed streamer ever to hit 10 million followers on Twitch.

1: Ninja – Followers: 17 million

Ninja most followed streamers
Twitch: Ninja
Ninja is by far the most-followed streamer on Twitch.

Known for: Fortnite/Variety

Like Tfue, Ninja may not be dedicated to Fortnite anymore, but it’s certainly the game that helped him reach never-seen-before levels of popularity on Twitch. A former Halo pro, he now plays a variety of big titles and reclaimed his crown as the most-followed Twitch streamer.

Despite his channel’s stats taking a dive, with almost double second place, it doesn’t look like he’ll be losing it anytime soon either.

* Note: Game/Company channels riotgames, esl_csgo, and Fortnite omitted. Botted accounts are also omitted.


So, there you have it, the 20 top Twitch streamers on the platform right now. These rankings will be updated as streamers gain more followers and move up (or down) the chart.

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