On YouTube and other social media platforms, any niche and any topic could lead you to earn huge profits just by uploading your videos and sharing them with the world. Every view counts, every like is worth a dime, and every action is a traffic booster.
Online games have brought a lot of fun and excitement to our online community. As online gaming and online community increase from time to time, influencers also earn more and more profit. How does it work?
Here is a list of the top gaming influencers on YouTube and how they got started:
Also known as Markiplier, a Hawaiian-born army dropout from college where he studied engineering to grow his career as a YouTube gaming commentator. Specialized in the horror genre, his videos have been viewed more than 7 billion times in five years. His latest sign of crossover success? He signed a contract with the mega agency William Morris Endeavor in 2016.
Also known as PewDiePie, he is the highest-paid YouTube influencer in the world in 2016. The Swedish gamer would have topped the gaming category were it not for the nine videos he posted in early 2017 containing Nazi imagery. Maker Studios, a Disney subsidiary that is also his multi-channel network partner, severed ties with him. He was also banned from YouTube’s Red platform and the Google Preferred program. He continues to make millions from YouTube ads alone while his brand is tarnished.
A Canadian aka VanossGaming, to pursue his online career full time, he dropped out of the University of Pennsylvania. He chats and jokes with his friends and collaborators while playing games like Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto on his YouTube channel. He began voicing a character in the adult cartoon series ‘Paranormal Action Squad’ for YouTube Red in 2016.
Also known as Omgitsfirefoxx, she began streaming live on the gaming platform Twitch in 2013. She posts highlights to YouTube, where she quickly amassed an impressive following that led her to partner with brands like Audi, Syfy, and Intel.
A British-born YouTube influencer also known as Lia Wolf, who specializes in Call of Duty gaming videos, also dabbles in cosplay and anime. With her more than 5 million subscribers and followers, it led her to partner with companies like Activision, EA, Ubisoft, and Disney. She said, “I wanted to show that girls can play games too and be good at video games.”
His real name is Sean McLoughlin. He first used YouTube in 2012 and then began posting daily in 2013. He is best known for his energetic and humorous comments. With his videos having been viewed more than 7.2 billion times, he is signed to Revelmode, a subnetwork of Disney’s Maker Studios.
Daniel Middleton is a professional gamer known online as DanTDM or The Diamond Minecraft. His mastery of the popular family game Minecraft and his following had earned him a Guinness World Record in 2016 for amassing the most views for a dedicated Minecraft channel, which at the time was 7.9 billion.
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Tom Cassell, the veteran gamer who was the first person to reach 1 million followers on the live streaming platform Twitch back in 2014. Since then, he has received more than 10 million YouTube subscribers for his game franchise playthroughs like Halo and Call of Duty. He is now signed to gaming influencer agency 3BlackDot with fellow roster Sonja Reid and Evan Fong.
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Adam Dahlberg, a YouTube veteran at the age of 24. He started out as a voice actor for gaming videos in 2006 and over a decade later, his main channel focused on the hit children’s game, Minecraft. It had more than 11 million subscribers and is now associated with Amazon, Netflix and Nintendo and sells products to fans, such as posters and pillows.
AtomicMari was the only female member of the mega-popular YouTube channel Smosh Games until early 2017. She stars in Maricraft, a sub-series focused on the Minecraft game. The former professional dancer began hosting her Smosh Pit Weekly in 2010. She now boasts a social audience of over 2 million and in 2016, she competed as a cast member on the 33rd season of the CBS hit ‘Survivor.’
These YouTubers earn millions a year just by playing and narrating video games.