Twitch Streamers are the new era of celebrities, and it’s probable that the online platform only continues to grow. Anyone unfamiliar with the idea of live streaming will likely ask, “How on earth could anyone make a living off talking in front of a webcam for hours on end?” Simple–it’s entertaining. Twitch streamers provide entertainment to a broad audience, and they can even receive revenue for affiliate links and for endorsements.
Justin.tv was founded in 2007 by Justin Kan and Emmett Shear, and the gaming category grew the fastest on the new website. They decided to splice this off and create a site focuses solely on gaming content: it became Twitch.TV, the name inspired by twitch gameplay. It launched in 2011 for public beta, and since then?
The rest is history. With over 35 million unique visitors a month, you can bet that Twitch is huge. Own3d.tv, its direct competition, shut down in 2013 and since then Twitch has done nothing but grow. It’s now the most popular streaming service, and many industry experts have concluded that they’ve nearly monopolized the market.
Okay, that was an unnecessarily long intro. Now that we’ve gotten the boring stuff out of the way let’s discuss some of the best Twitch streamers online this year.
People are a fan of his streams because he’s pretty funny. He has a good sense of humor, and his real name is Sean Plott. He is a pretty well-known Starcraft II player, which means that some of you may have heard of him before!
For some time he hosted the Day9 Daily show, where he discussed the high-level play and dissected tactics. If you ever feel sad, you might try checking out his stream: he is known for really weird, hysterical laughter and sometimes features his stuffed rabbit, Manfred.
Anne Munition is a female streamer from SoCal. She’s 27 years old and says that she started gaming on the old consoles of the 90s. She often streams Halo, and actually started getting serious with gaming because of Halo 2 and Halo 3, which were released when she was in high school. Some of her favorite games are The Witcher 3, Overwatch, and the Elder Scroll series.
Her community is pretty relaxed, which is great news if you’re a newcomer looking for some new streams to follow but are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of angry, scary chat rooms. And she’s very friendly!
If you’re looking for Twitch streamers that are good players, Avoiding the Puddle (Aris) might be a good choice for you. He’s friendly and informative, and he’s also amusing! He competes in Tekken, and he’s also the Soul Calibur World Champion (he started out playing Soul Caliber before moving to Tekken).
Aris is also a commentator for a lot of different tournaments and games, so he’s pretty knowledgeable about different things out there. Some say he’s the most popular Tekken streamer on Twitch right now!
KungFuFruitCup is a streamer with colorful hair. Most people call her Kungfu or Fufu, and she focuses on adventure games, RPGs, and lots of Nintendo games. Right now she’s playing a lot of Silent Hill since, you know, Halloween season. She also likes to post cosplays on her Instagrams!
She has over 50,000 followers now on Twitch and was partnered on July 3, 2014. She likes to support charities and started streaming after getting involved in the speedrunning community.
Streaming is something that should be able to be enjoyed by the family. Video games can become a bonding experience if handled correctly. A great starter video game is Minecraft, which is pretty straightforward–just a bunch of block people moving around in a block world, right?
CohhCarnage is a pretty popular streamer on Twitch (one of the most popular, actually). He places great emphasis on making sure his community and stream stay family-friendly, which is awesome for the second and third generation of video game players who are beginning to start families.
Make sure to let me know if I’ve missed any awesome streamers! I know there are so many in the Twitch sphere, and I’ve been trying to watch more so I can ~expand my horizons~. I bet there are a ton of undiscovered gems that we should definitely appreciate more.