The eSports genre is enjoying a boom period right now. Prize money and revenues are bigger than ever before too.
Last year over $891 million was gambled on eSports events. One of the most popular places for fans to watch eSports is Twitch. The site has seen their popularity grow from 20 million monthly unique visitors in 2012 to 220 million a month in 2016.
As eSports gets more mainstream, the public perception of it has become way more positive. 6.6 billion hours of eSports footage was watched worldwide in 2016.
But how do you know which Twitch channels are worth a viewing session? Here’s a look at the top 10 eSports channels on Twitch right now.
We kick off the list with one of the most influential Twitch streamers around at the moment, in the shape of Wingsofdeath.
This famous League of Legends player has built a solid Twitch viewing audience for the live streaming of his gameplay but he’s also produced loads of other entertaining videos on his channel.
He’s become a fan favourite because of the insightful advice he gives on how players can improve their own LoL gaming, rather than because he’s part of a big name team.
KittyPlays is a Twitch streamer who is doing it for the girls. Her streams tend to focus on Counterstrike: Global Offensive.
When other female streamers, who shall remain nameless, try to use sex appeal to gain viewers, KittyPlays relies on her humorous banter to earn her viewership.
She is openly appreciative of her subscribers and after several donations from her viewers, she was able to take her Twitch channel to the next level. Her donation reactions even went viral on YouTube.
The man known as “Doc” has built up an impressive audience on his Twitch channel after a positive last 12 months. He only started streaming full time in March 2016 and has already attracted almost 200,000 followers.
This could be down to his reputation as a YouTuber. Although he hasn’t produced any YouTube videos for over five years now.
His unique personal appearance (a mullet and moustache), has earned him a cult following. His streams of H1Z1: King of the Kill have proved particularly popular.
If you watch this top Twitch channel and fail to smile, you are dead inside.
One account that is a huge hit with eSports fans is TeamSp00ky. It is not just one gamer but a collective of gamers who are streaming tips and advice on how players can improve their gameplay on a range of titles online.
The Twitch channel’s high level of content production has earned them a huge following and fans of fighting games consider TeamSp00ky as an essential follow on Twitch.
In an age when mobile gaming is emerging as a very lucrative market, it seems only natural that the streams of games on the mobile platform would invade Twitch.
Phonecats is one of the best for live streaming mobile games. His coverage of Clash Royale is second to none and he proves that high quality mobile streaming content does have a home on a Twitch channel.
He also streams other titles such as Hearthstone, Growtopia, and Diepio.
No, thankfully, Donald Trump does not have his own Twitch streaming channel. In light of the Buzz Feed controversy we can only imagine what content would be streamed if he did…
Anyway, TrumpSC is a streamer focused on Hearthstone. As well as offering entertaining commentary and helpful tips, he has also been known to break into song. His rendition of “We Are The Champions” by Queen became a fan favourite.
In terms of followers, you can’t get much bigger than Shroud. This streamer’s Twitch channel is closing in on the 1 million followers mark with rapid haste.
The Canadian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player was part of a team that sealed victory to win $65,000 at the 2015 iBUYPOWER Cup. His abilities as a gamer and frequency of live streaming have made him a big player on Twitch.
BennyFits might have a fraction of the followers of some of the big guns on this list but his distinctive rough voice, that has been likened to Cookie Monster on Sesame Street, has seen him earn a stunning rep across Twitch.
He mainly streams Blizzard Entertainment games like Diablo and Overwatch and he does this through the medium of a blue puppet character.
His bizarre third-person narrative and memorable one-liners make him one to watch over the next year.
Speaking of streamers to keep an eye on, A_Seagull is certainly one of those.
The Overwatch streamer only saw his Twitch channel really take off when the Blizzard Entertainment title went live during the summer of 2016.
He’s already hit 500,000 followers and ge averages almost 22,000 followers per stream. It’s his commentary that proves he is already one of the best.
In May 2016, Dendi was voted the best eSports Twitch streamer by Red Bull website visitors. He earned four times more votes than his nearest rival to take the accolade.
One visit to his channel and it’s clear to see why he has such a dedicated fan base. His Dota 2 coverage is the best out there and
his talent in the game is also unquestionable. Dendi’s team took home the $1 million prize at The International 2011.