Before the internet, video gaming used to be a different affair. You’d either go to the arcade to your favorite games with your friends or gather in your basement to see who among you was the best of the lot.
But with the advent of the internet and the expansion of the gaming industry, video gaming has become one of the most broadcasted, most lucrative, and most viewed things in the content pyramid. The wild successes of video games over the last two decades, during which some of them have eclipsed Hollywood numbers, is not surprising.
Now, video game streaming is a bona fide job for many, with millions of gamers streaming their favorite games to a plethora of young fans.
The Twitch Revolution
It was clear within the first few years of the coming of YouTube that some of the most widely viewed content on the site was of gamers playing their favorite games. So, it was little surprise when Twitch emerged only a few years later and quickly became one of the most visited sites on the internet.
As of last year, Twitch had more than 2.2 million broadcasters and 15 million daily unique viewers. These numbers are expected to grow exponentially in the future.
Apart from video game live streaming, Twitch users also broadcast eSports competitions, music performances, and other creative content.
If you enjoy Twitch or plan on becoming a broadcaster, you should do some research and find out who the most successful streamers are. And if you have a particular broadcaster whose streams you enjoy, you might also want to know how many subs the broadcaster has.
Subscribers and Followers on Twitch Are Two Different Things
Before we tell you how to find out how many subs a streamer has, you must understand that subscribers and followers on Twitch are two different things. Following a streamer will add the broadcaster to your follow list and display the channel on your page when you open Twitch.
On the other hand, subscribing to a channel on Twitch means you can financially invest in the streamer. You can do this by making a monthly donation to the streamer for the channel upkeep.
There are three subscription tiers as of this writing, and half of the money you spend for the subscription goes to the streamer. The other half goes to Twitch. In return, subscribers receive premium perks such as special emoticons, custom badges, access to exclusive chatrooms, among other things.
Twitch subscriptions are the primary way for the streamers to make money on the platform.
How to Know How Many Subscribers a Twitch Streamer Has
External resources like the Twitch Tracker seem to work when it comes to subscribers, where you can find a list of the most subscribed Twitch streamers. The streamer with the most subscribers is at the top of the list. At the time of writing, XCCOW was the most popular streamer with more than 30,000 subscribers. Clicking on the streamer’s profile will give you more detailed stats.
Take It with a Pinch of Salt
Even if you were to believe that the external sources like the Twitch Tracker or Twitch Stats are accurate, there’s no way to verify the info. There’s little transparency on how these sites gather their data. But the overwhelming consensus seems to be that while not entirely accurate, these sites provide good ballpark figures – at least for the major streamers.
You Can’t Actually Know the Exact Numbers
If you want to know how many subscribers a popular streamer has on Twitch, Twitch Tracker can help you with that.
However, if there is a specific streamer who isn’t extremely popular, it might be difficult to get the exact subscribers number. That’s because Twitch doesn’t provide that data outright. Only the number of followers is available on the streamer’s profile page. That’s because Twitch wants to protect the earning details of the streamers and keep them private.
Has This Helped Make Up Your Mind?
If you want to subscribe to a particular channel you like, you should by all means do it. That’s not only a token of appreciation but very much a tangible reward that keeps the streamers going. However, remember that subscribing is optional, and you don’t need to pay to follow your favorite streamers.
On the other hand, if you want to start your own profile, keep in mind that the best way to gain subscribers is with quality content. After all, anyone willing to pay to watch your streams will only do so if your content is worth paying for.
Don’t Fret, Just Follow and Sub!
In a nutshell, there’s hardly an actual way of knowing the exact number of subscribers a particular streamer has. External resources can help you, but stand warned that the figures may not be entirely accurate.
If, however, you know of a way to find out how many subscribers your favorite Twitch streamer has, we’d be thrilled to know your method. Comment with your thoughts about streaming on Twitch, earnings, and everything in between!