Given the growing popularity of live streaming, it comes as no surprise that some of the highest-grossing entertainers are streamers. Twitch, being the largest live streaming site, boasts 15 million active users each day and over 2.2 million unique broadcasters streaming every month some of which are worth millions of dollars. But who are the richest streamers? In this article, we are going to find out who the top 5 richest streamers are and how they got to where they are today!
Who are the Richest Streamers?
Here is a list of the top 5 richest streamers in 2021:
He might not be the most viewed streamer anymore, but Ninja is probably the most popular streamer in the world… Even my grandmother has heard of him. Not only is Ninja the most popular streamer on Twitch with a following of 16.9 million, but he is also by far the richest streamer with an estimated net worth of $50,000,000.
Ninja started his career playing Halo 3 competitively in many different eSports teams including; Cloud9, Renegades, Team Liquid, and Luminosity Gaming. In 2017, he started streaming Fortnite. From there, he quickly grew alongside the popularity of the game, almost quadrupling his following in 6 months. In August 2019, Ninja was amongst the first streamers to sign an exclusivity contract to only stream on Mixer. The Microsoft platform struck a deal with the streamer for $30,000,000. He returned to Twitch less than a year later after Mixers shutdown in June 2020.
Ninja still streams Fortnite today, though he has more recently become ‘addicted’ to playing apex so it is safe to assume we’ll see more of a variety from him in the future!
The second wealthiest streamer is another Twitch streamer. Shroud is not only one of the richest streamers with an estimated net worth of $24,000,000, he is also the 5th most followed channel on Twitch as of august 2021 with over 9.5 million followers.
Shroud started his career playing CS:GO with many eSports teams including Exertus eSports, Manajuma, and was later signed to Cloud9. In 2018, he retired from professional CS:GO and stuck to full-time streaming on Twitch until later signing an exclusivity contract to only stream on Mixer in October 2019. After Mixer’s closure in June 2020, Shroud returned to Twitch signing another exclusivity contract.
Shroud can still be found live on Twitch today playing more of a variety of FPS games including Valorant and Rainbow Six Siege.
Not far behind Shroud, is Tfue with an estimated net worth of $20,000,000. Tfue is currently the second most followed channel on Twitch with over 10.7million followers.
Tfue started his career streaming Call of duty, Destiny, and H1Z1 but later switched to Fortnite as it grew in popularity on Twitch. In 2018, he joined eSports organization FaZe Clan, a deal which was short-lived when Tfue decided it was time to file a lawsuit against FaZe Clan claiming he was pressured by the organization into underage drinking and illegal gambling, as well as taking a large percentage of his earnings from brand deals whilst he was signed. This led to FaZe Clan offering Tfue a contract on new terms in which he would receive 100% of his revenue, an offer he declined.
After a lot of drama, Tfue is not currently signed to anytime but can still be found streaming Apex on Twitch.
It is no surprise that the fourth richest streamer would be 100 Thieves co-owner Valkyrae. With an estimated net worth of $15,000,000 and 3.54 million subscribers on YouTube, it’s safe to say she is one of the most popular gamer girls in the world.
Valkyrae started her streaming career as a variety streamer on Twitch after being encouraged to stream by followers on Instagram and content creator friends. In 2018, Valkyrae was the first female gamer and content creator to sign with 100 Thieves which lead to her becoming co-owner of the organization in April 2021. In January 2020, she signed with YouTube to stream exclusively on the platform.
You can catch Valkyrae playing a variety of games on YouTube including among us and Mario Kart.
The fifth richest streamer, with an estimated net worth of $10,000,000, TimTheTatman. With over 4 million subscribers on YouTube, Tim is easily worthy of this spot for not only the richest streamers but for one of the best.
Tim started his career creating content on YouTube in 2011, then started streaming on Twitch back in 2012 playing a variety of games from World of Warcraft to CS:GO. Like Tfue and Ninja, Tim found success alongside the popularity of Fortnite. During his time on Twitch, Tim had accumulated 6.5 million followers before signing a YouTube contract to stream exclusively on the platform on September 2nd, 2021.
So far, since going live on YouTube, TimTheTatman has been primarily playing Call of Duty but I’m sure we can expect to see more of a variety from him as his success continues to grow.
Which Platform Hosts the Most Richest Streamers?
Currently, Twitch is host to the majority of the richest streamers on the internet. Twitch is home to around 2.2 million unique active channels live streaming every month and 15 million active users on the platform every day. Although Twitch is the largest streaming service, YouTube is following closely behind.
With YouTube making exclusivity deals with popular streamers, more recently to include the likes of DrLupo and TimTheTatman, we could see a turnaround by this time next year. Facebook Gaming has a long way to catch up to YouTube and Twitch in terms of streamers’ wealth, though they have managed to attract attention with big streamers such as Disguised Toast and StoneMountain64 streaming on the platform.
Streaming can be a very profitable career. Streamers are able to make money from brand deals and sponsorships as well as subscriptions, membership, merch, and even donations. However, if you are looking to join some of these creators you may need to put in years of hard work just like they did too!