8 Most Influential Fortnite Streamers
By Jack O'Dwyer
Fortnite is nothing short of an influential game. Since its launch in July of 2017, it has seen massive growth and acclaim the likes other competitive FPS games can only dream of. Fortnite is a unique platform with an atmosphere that focuses on fun cartoon colors and shapes rather than the typical edgy branding other similar titles lean into. Clearly, there's a reason why some of the top streamers got their start with Epic Games' colorful multiplayer arena.
Here are eight of the most influential Fortnite Streamers.
8 Most Influential Fortnite Streamers
1. Tyler "Ninja" Blevins
This one is a no-brainer. Ninja got his start with Fortnite, quickly rising through the ranks of Twitch to become the most popular, well-known, and well-liked streamer of all time. Despite switching platforms from Twitch to Microsoft's Mixer last summer, the username "Ninja" still rings as legendary to the hearts and minds of fans everywhere.
2. Timothy "TimTheTatman" Betar
TimTheTatman, like Fortnite, is a unique streamer on his platform right now. With instantly recognizable bear graphics, color palette, and kind heart, it's hard not to instantly know Tim and his impact on the scene. Currently, he is responsible for setting the Twitch donation record of just over $100 thousand in four hours for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
3. Ali "Myth" Kabbani
Myth was the first competitive Fortnite player signed to a team, TSM, way back when the game first launched. Since starting his YouTube channel, he managed to accrue a massive amount of support—hitting four million subscribers in October 2018. Most of these individuals signed on after Myth began streaming his Fortnite matches.
4. Brett "Dakotaz" Hoffman
Dakotaz is another streamer who gained a following thanks to his gameplay on Fortnite. Currently, he has around three million subscribers on YouTube. He is best known for his sniping, his commentary, and disagreement between him and Fortnite titan, Ninja. After a brief argument over Twitter with Dakotaz openly criticizing the game and Ninja defending it, Dakotaz ended up blocking him on Twitter. He briefly played for TSM before leaving to scout out other opportunities.
5. Turner "Tfue" Tenney
Tfue's influence comes less from his Fortnite career and more from his controversy. While he may be one of the best players in the game, many know his name from the handful of lawsuits that flew between him and his former collective the "FaZe Clan" over his earnings. The allegations between Tfue and the clan dominated gaming news for weeks after each update.
6. Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf
Bugha is only 17, but since launching his Fortnite career just a few years ago, he's seen nothing but growth. He is most commonly applauded for his building prowess and aim. Bugha actually got his break in 2019 after winning the $3 million prize pool at the summer Fortnite World Cup and has been seen with the likes of Ninja and Tim in large-scale advertisements.
7. Ben "DrLupo" Lupo
DrLupo is most known for his conversational style of streaming. While he streams double the amount of a typical American work week, his audience would likely never know, as each session is a comfortable, talkative environment. He is yet another streamer who saw his numbers soar after Fortnite's launch.
8. Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff
NickMercs is something of a special case with Fortnite streamers as he's chosen to play with a controller rather than a mouse. Traditionally, as a game played by the majority on PC, Fortnite players tend to be more comfortable using their mouse and keyboard. NickMercs, however, finds more comfort in a PS4 controller. He has recently joined FaZe Clan and aims to show the world that controller-players can be just as good as mouse-players.