The Top 12 Twitch Streamers of 2021

Watch eSports, play MMOs, and get political insight on Twitch.tv

Who needs TV when you can watch people play video games for free? We've watched hundreds of hours of live streams to bring you the top Twitch streamers of the year.

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Most Famous Twitch Streamer: Pokimane

Pokimane on Twitch

Who has the most subscribers on Twitch changes daily, but Pokimane has consistently been one of Twitch's top stars for several years. Her specialties include Fortnite, League of Legends, and Among Us. In the lead-up to the 2020 U.S. elections, Pokimane played Among Us on Twitch with U.S. representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar to encourage Americans to get out and vote. She's so popular she even has merchandise.

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Top Professional Gamer on Twitch: Ninja

Ninja on Twitch

Tyler Blevins, better known as Ninja, is a world-renowned esports champion. He gained notoriety as a professional Halo player, but he now mainly focuses on Fornite since winning the 2018 E3 Pro-Am competition. Ninja holds the record for the most-watched stream. When he played Fornite with Drake, he had over half-a-million viewers.

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Most Friendly Gamer Community on Twitch: BlackGirlGamers

BlackGirlGamers on Twitch

Some online gaming communities and toxic and unwelcoming, but not BlackGirlGamers. It was founded by a group of black women who wanted a positive environment to play their favorite games. Of course, anyone is welcome to watch and chat. They keep a pretty consistent schedule, so there's always someone streaming.

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Best Twitch Channel for Watching eSports: Riot Games

Riot Games on Twitch

Riot Games is one of the top organizers of eSport tournaments. You can catch events like the North American and European League of Legends Championship Series on their Twitch channel. When there are no live matches streaming, you can watch reruns of past events.

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Best League of Legends Twitch Stream: Trick2g

Trick2g on Twitch

Professional League of Legends player Tim Foley, better known by his gamer alias Trick2g, has a massive online presence on Twitch and YouTube. A veteran of the League of Legends tournament scene, Trick2g is loved for his bombastic personality, which has become the subject of many memes.

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Top Fornite Player on Twitch: Dakotaz

Dakotaz on Twitch

Think you're obsessed with Fornite? Dakotaz has thousands of wins under his belt. What's his secret? Check out his Twitch channel to find out. Dakotaz is known for his warm personality, so he'll probably give you a shout-out just for joining the stream. He rarely raises his voice out of frustration, and he usually apologizes when he does.

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Most Philanthropic Twitch Streamer: AnneMunition

AnneMunition on Twitch

Speaking of streamers with admirable reputations, AnneMunition is best known for being a vocal advocate for women and LGBTQ+ gamers. Her charitable endeavors include helping raise a quarter-million dollars for immigrant families as part of the #KeepFamiliesTogether live stream.

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Best Sports Games Channel on Twitch: Castro_1021

Castro_1021 on Twitch

Castro_1021, who goes by Edwin Castro in real life, is one of the most-watched sports gamers on Twitch. A dedicated soccer fan, you can usually catch him playing or talking about the FIFA series. Another philanthropic Twitch streamer, Castro_1021, has helped raise over a quarter-million dollars for various nonprofits.

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Top Twitch Channel for Tabletop RPGs: Tablestory

Tablestory on Twitch

Twitch isn't just for video games. If you prefer tabletop RPGs, Tablestory tops the list of channels you should check out. Rotating groups of players develop characters and enact elaborate scenarios for the enjoyment of spectators. When you don't have friends to role play with, Tablestory is the next best thing.

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24/7 Counter-Strike: ESL_CSGO

ESL_CSGO on Twitch

Electronic Sports Company streams live coverage of all significant Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitions, from pre-match analysis to post-match interviews with the winners. When there's no live event streaming, you can watch replays of matches. If you want to support your favorite team, head to the Electronic Sports Company and buy some official team merchandise.

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Twitch's Minecraft Master: Ph1LzA

Ph1LzA on Twitch

Minecraft channels make up one of Twitch's most popular genres, so there's a lot of competition. Ph1LzA, who only plays in hardcore mode, Philza earned legendary status for his five-year uninterrupted run, the longest documented game in Minecraft history. Today, he teaches newbies how to craft on his Twitch channel.

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Politics and Games: HasanAbi

HasanAbi on Twitch

Like a little progressive politics with your gaming? Former Young Turks correspondent Hasan Piker, a.k.a. HasanAbi, frequently tops the list of most-watched Twitch streamers. Hasan is unabashed with his advocacy for socioeconomic justice, and he often comments on current events in between playing FPS games.

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