The sporting world has taken an unprecedented hit with the spread of COVID19 and international lockdowns rolling out en masse. However, in many regards eSports has only grown stronger as it predominantly relies on remote gaming. Twitch viewership has gone up by over 10% and Youtube Gaming by more than 15%. In this period of exponential growth in the industry, we’ve seen everything from luxury brands to sports stars clambering to get involved. It’s then only natural that there are several esports stars on the rise, gaining a greater foothold in the field daily. Let’s take a look at the top 3 up and coming esports streamers you should look out for.
Summit1G is one of those esports players that has been there since the very beginning, his illustrious career can be tracked all the way back to as early as 2011. His real name is Jaryd Lazar, but he probably wouldn’t want you to know that as he is a notoriously private person.
Everything from his net worth to how he landed on the name “Summit1G” is somewhat pure speculation. Lazar first built his career by being an early adopter of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and has since made a name for himself with his Fortnite channel but is considered one of the most flexible streamers to date, playing everything from Z1 Battle Royale to Pokemon Go. With a long, illustrious career behind him, his future’s still bright. As his popularity continues to skyrocket, he brings a wealth of experience to every stream. Not only that, but he remains humble too.
Tfue, real name Turner Tenney, is somewhat of a wunderkind, breaking records on Halo from the age of 12 years old. Back then, he named himself Tfue simply because he wanted to have a username that sounded like “tee-foo”, which is pretty explanatory of his online personality even today. His career began to develop when he started streaming Destiny in 2015, and really hit the big time when Fortnite was released. He has proved himself time and again to be one of esports most formidable players. He and his team hold various records on Fortnite and show no signs of slowing down. There have, unfortunately, been recent speculations of steroid use, proving that no sport, physical or digital is exempt from the threat of performance-enhancing drugs. In any case, Tfue’s track record speaks for itself and the hype around his name only strengthens as he continues to out-perform his competitors.
This breakdown of the top 3 up and coming esports streamers would certainly not be complete without mentioning Shroud. Making a name for himself as a Counter Strike Global Offensive player early on, his name exploded when becoming a Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) full-time streamer. He is often referred to the King of Reddit as he is someone who knows his memes and isn’t afraid to use them. He has had some controversy in his past, once teaming up with a hacker to go cruising in a flying car to get more kills on PUBG. But he took the entire scandal in his stride with his usual lighthearted demeanor, because ultimately online gaming is not life or death. There is no telling what might be on the horizon for Shroud, but he certainly shows no signs of slowing down.
Now is the time of esports, and with the global climate being the chaotic realm that it is, esports stars may be the only sports stars we see rising from the ranks for some time. This list of the top 3 up and coming esports streamers is by no means a definitive record of all the exciting streamers out there, and countless others are joining their ranks every day. The world may seem dour for the most part, but these esports streamers offer a beacon of thrilling entertainment in the darkness. We certainly cannot wait to see all they will go on to do next.