On YouTube and other social media platforms, any niche and 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 penny and every share is a traffic booster.
Online gaming has brought a lot of fun and excitement to our online community. As games and online community increase from time to time, influencers are also making more and more profits. How it works?
Here’s a list of the top gaming influencers on YouTube and how they got started:
Also known as Markiplier, a Hawaii-born military man dropped out of college where he studied engineering to develop his career as a video game commentator on YouTube. Specializing in the horror genre, his videos have been viewed more than 7 billion times in five years. His ultimate sign of crossover success? He signed a deal with 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 if not for the nine videos he posted in early 2017, which contained Nazi imagery . Maker Studios, a Disney subsidiary that is also its multichannel network partner, has severed ties with it. It was also booted from YouTube’s Red platform and the Google Preferred program. He continues to make millions from YouTube ads alone while his brand is tarnished.
Born in Canada, he was also known as 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 Ogitsfirefoxx, she began live streaming on the gaming platform Twitch in 2013. She posts highlights on YouTube where she quickly amassed an impressive following which led to partnerships with brands like Audi, Syfy and Intel.
A British-born YouTube influencer is also known as Lia Wolf, who specializes in Call of Duty gameplay videos and also dabbles in cosplay and anime. With over 5 million subscribers and followers, this has led to partnerships with Activision, EA, Ubisoft and Disney. She said: “I wanted to show that girls can also play and be good at video games.”
His real name is Sean McLoughlin. He first launched on YouTube in 2012 and then began posting daily in 2013. He is best known for his energetic and funny comments. With his videos viewed over 7.2 billion times, he is signed with 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 earned him a Guinness World Record in 2016 for amassing the most views for a Minecraft-dedicated channel, which at the time had 7.9 billion.
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Tom Cassell, the longtime gamer who was the first person to reach 1 million followers on the live streaming platform Twitch in 2014. Since then, he has received over 10 million YouTube subscribers for his franchise games games like Halo and Call of Devoir. He is now signed to gaming influencer agency 3BlackDot along with fellow A-listers Sonja Reid and Evan Fong.
Adam Dahlberg, a YouTube veteran at the age of 24. He started 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 over 11 million subscribers and now partners with Amazon, Netflix and Nintendo and sells merchandise to fans like posters and pillows.
AtomicMari was the only female member of the popular YouTube channel Smosh Games until early 2017. She stars in Maricraft, a sub-series focused on Minecraft gameplay. The former professional ballerina began hosting her Smosh Pit Weekly in 2010. Today, she has a social following of over 2 million people and in 2016, she participated as a cast member on the 33rd season from the CBS hit “Survivor”.
These YouTubers make millions a year just by playing and talking about video games.
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