Introduced in 2011 as a spin-off to the general interest streaming platform Justin.tv, Twitch is an extremely popular video game streaming service that has quickly become a part of mainstream pop culture. The average Twitch viewership routinely reaches over one million viewers, putting the platform on par with cable tv channels like ESPN, MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN. The success of Twitch is driven by the personalities that produce content for the platform. These streamers are required to not only be good at video games, but to provide an entertaining and informative broadcast for their followers. While hundreds of streamers have been able to make a living off the platform, some of Twitch’s biggest personalities have entered the realm of superstardom. Here are twelve of the most popular Twitch streamers in 2018.
Game of Choice: League of Legends
Tyler Steinkamp, better known as loltyler1, is best known for his League of Legends gameplay, though his stream often features a variety of different games, as well as some IRL (In Real Life) content. His profane and over-the-top Fratbro personality has resonated with his viewers to the tune of 1.6 million followers.
In 2016, Tyler was banned by Riot Games for his consistent toxic behavior on his streams. His ban is one of the few instances of Riot issuing an ID Ban, which results in any subsequent account a player creates getting banned immediately. However, after going through the appeals process, Tyler1 had his ban lifted and returned with a record-setting stream with a peak viewer count of 386,000.