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The Leaders of the Twitch Revolution

 

In 2015, more than 1.5 million gamers streamed on Twitch and an incredible 100 million people visited the site.

It’s already big broadcasting business and the numbers are only growing. More people are turning to the Internet for entertainment every day and as online audiences grow, interest in traditional broadcasting appears to be waning.

Many of those 1.5 million streamers may have come and gone, but the most popular have turned it into a career. They’ve got sponsors, subscribers, viewers and are leading what amounts to a broadcast revolution, live streamed on the Internet.

The UK’s Tom Cassell is one of this revolution’s leaders. He started out running one of YouTube’s most subscribed channel’s: TheSyndicateProject. Now he’s got a clothing line, a gambling website, and his Syndicate Twitch stream was the first to reach one million followers on the site.

That was back in the summer of 2014 and Syndicate now boasts almost 2.5 million followers, the most on Twitch by a decent margin.

It has landed him in a bit of trouble in the past, but Cassell has been tapped to use all that influence to promote a number of gaming products, including Microsoft’s Xbox One console. Last year he also moved closer to the game development side of the industry, voicing the Loki character for the Marvel Avengers Academy mobile game.

He’s at the top of the Twitch game and helping it grow alongside him.

Speaking of controversy, Lea May and her LegendaryLea Twitch stream are no stranger to it.

May got a 30-day ban from Twitch in 2016 after accidentally flashing her privates on the stream. The misstep has only helped her stream grow and she now has 612,599 followers and can claim an outstanding 34,911,546 channel views. The numbers don’t exactly put her in the top ten among Twitch streamers, but she’s in the top 100, and certainly has a seat among the most viewed females on the site.

League of Legends is the most popular game on Twitch, and with 1.03 billion hours watched it’s not really even close.

The game’s popularity continues to rise on Twitch with Rabia Yazbek and his Nightblue3 stream leading the way. Nightblue3 has 1,786,599 followers, an amazing 162,618,675 channel views, and as a full-time Twitch stream, the numbers are growing daily.

Yazbek is said to have a huge League of Legends knowledge base and fans of the game have made his stream a must-follow experience.

The allure of big money has helped online poker has quickly become one of the fastest growing games on Twitch.

New streamers are jumping on board all the time but this side of the revolution is clearly being led by Team PokerStars Pro Jason Somerville. Somerville became the first poker Twitch streamer to move over the 10 million views mark in early 2016 and has JCarverPoker Twitch stream single-handedly led live poker broadcasting from the middle of the night on cable sports networks to primetime on the internet, and more specifically, on Twitch.

Finally, no talk of the top Twitch streamers would be complete without mention of Texan Chance Morris and his Sodapoppin stream.

Over the past four years he’s taken a small following on Xfire and turned it into 1,388,299 followers on Twitch with an incredible 147,517,602 channel views. It’s gaming, it’s comedy, it’s a heck of fun, and most importantly, the Sodapoppin twitch stream is a huge part of turning the broadcasting industry upside down, live on Twitch.

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