Top 20 eSport Influencers of 2021

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eSports remains an emerging category of athletics that is strictly virtual. Today, millions of gamer athletes compete formally and informally online across nearly every age group under 40. With the rise of esports emerges a new and fresh group of engaged influencers. Here are our top 20 picks for esports influencers to watch in 2021.

What to Look For in eSports Influencers

eSports influencers may be professional athletes, but not all professional esports athletes qualify as influencers

Some of your best esports influencers are casual players who’ve managed to connect with large audiences. YouTube has become the traditional platform for gamers and YouTubers – so called for their habit of uploading game streams while reacting and/or narrating their plays. Twitch is another leading social media platform for gamers and esports athletes. 

Choose Gamer Influencers Carefully

Well-known esports athletes may or may not have meaningful relationships with their fans. That said, some gamer celebrities like Kyle Giersdorf and Artour Babaev, are happy to endorse products that they love, and those endorsements attract the attention of millions of esports fans.

Some esports influencers are surprisingly young and start YouTubing in middle school (or earlier). When partnering with younger influencers, be sure to adhere to FCC rules and COPPA regulations.

Also, most gamer influencers do more than play video games. For example, one influencer in our top 20 list (GamingWithJen) is both a fashion and esports influencer. Another one of our favorites (WroeToShaw) is an accomplished soccer player, as well as a FIFA YouTuber.

Collaborate with eSports Influencers

Gamer influencers love to partner with nonprofits, and they are particular about their gaming equipment, such as CPUs, controllers, monitors, chairs, mics, and headphones. Many of them compete in formal tournaments online and around the world.

As you recruit your favorite esports influencers, you will be more successful if you cater to the things that they love. For example, most of these influencers enjoy testing new products and reviewing them for audiences online. Or, you can give them an exclusive sneak peek into a new gaming system or platform.

The gaming community is fairly tight-knit. It’s likely that the influencer you’re interested in is a member of a team or group, like The Taco Crew or Banana Bus Squad. Partnering with one of these gamers might mean impromptu, bonus appearances by their equally-popular esports colleagues.

Top 20 eSports Influencers of 2020

Influencer #1: VanossGaming

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Evan Fong is Vanoss and a member of the Banana Bus Squad, a popular online community of gamers. As a talented gamer, Evan is also comedic and musically-inclined. These talents give him an edge over other esports influencers on our list.

Among Vanoss’ favorite games are Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, and Rubber Bandits. Find Vanoss on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

Influencer #2: SSSniperWolf

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The gamer world tends to be dominated by males. But that hasn’t stopped female gamers like UK’s Lia Shelesh, more popularly known as SSSniperWolf, from making their mark. She is also Ranya Lasagna’s (another YouTuber) sister.

Lia enjoys games like Among Us, Fortnite, and Knighthood. She’s most active on YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram.

Influencer #3: Blitz

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No one but those closest to Blitz know his real name. But we do know that he is an engineer with a family and loves gaming on the side. We also know that he is the founder of Blitztopia, an online gaming community. He prides himself on being family-friendly and a true lover of eSports.

Blitz’s favorite games include Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, Minecraft, and Among Us. He is most active on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

Influencer #4: DanAndPhilGAMES

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Philip Lester and Daniel Howell together form the esports duo DanAndPhilGAMES. Fans get a kick out of watching the two play each other in a variety of popular video games.

It’s almost easier to list the games that Dan and Phil haven’t played than it is to list all that they do play. But their current favorites appear to be Sims, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Just Dance, and Ankinator. Find them on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Influencer #5: PewDiePie

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Many regard Felix Arvid Ulf Kejllberg, or PewDiePie, to be a pioneer YouTube gamer influencer. Today, he has one of the largest platform followings on YouTube. Felix is most famous for helping Minecraft develop their virtual playground and characters.

Besides Minecraft, Felix is also famous for his play on Amnesia. Fans can engage him primarily on YouTube and Instagram.

Influencer #6: RadioJH Games

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RadioJH Games’ first name is Audrey (last name unknown), and she is a favorite among Minecraft and Roblox gamers. Audrey plays online most often with her brother, RadioJH Auto, and Gamer Chad. She is also a member of the informally-dubbed “Taco Crew,” that includes Gamer Chad, Microguardian, and a few others.

You can find Audrey on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.

Influencer #7: Stampylonghead

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Joseph Garrett is a 30-year-old from the United Kingdom and founder of Stampylonghead. Fans know him by his original Minecraft character, Stampy Cat.

Besides an esports influencer and YouTuber, Joseph is also a writer and voice actor. He began his YouTubing career after accepting offers to review games online. Today, he spends most of his time online making Minecraft videos for fans on YouTube and engaging them on Facebook and Twitter.

Influencer #8: Syndicate

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Thomas George Cassell, operates with the screen name Syndicate or The Syndicate Project, and is one YouTube’s most popular eSports athletes. 

Thomas prefers combat, first-person games, such as Halo, Cold War Zombies, and Call of Duty. His two most popular channels are YouTube and Twitch, but you can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Influencer #9: GamingWithJen

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Jen is a highly-animated YouTube gamer, proud cat owner, and lover of fashionable outfits. Her personal life is somewhat famous – she and her gamer ex-husband made ripples in the gamer community after their separation. Despite the amicable breakup, GamingWithJen is a popular destination for those obsessed with Roblox.

Jen is also active on Twitter and Instagram.

Influencer #10: AngryJoeShow

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Jose Antonio Vargas entertains millions on YouTube with his rant-like videos and game reviews – hence the name, AngryJoeShow. Even though he maintains a comically irate persona, his vlogs and game reviews are insightful and highly-regarded by fans and peers alike.

It’s hard to tell if Jose has a favorite game – he seems to want to play them all. When he’s not reviewing video games, he’s reviewing popular movie releases. Jose operates primarily on Twitter and YouTube

Influencer #11: Gamer Chad

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Gamer Chad (Chad Alan) is the second member to make our list from the “Taco Crew,” alongside RadioJH Games (#6 above) and Microguardian (#13 below). Chad is obsessed with Roblox and also goes by the screen name Baby Alan.

You can find Chad Alan on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

Influencer #12: CoryxKenshin

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Cory DeVante Williams is known in the gamer community as “The Shogun Himself” and manages the YouTube account, CoryxKenshin. Though suffering from Ectodermal Dysplasia, he has developed scores of game series for his fans, including Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, Spooky Scary Sundays, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Minecraft, and more.

Cory is one of the most prolific esports uploaders in our top 20 list. One can find him on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

Influencer #13: MicroGuardian

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MicroGuardian’s real name is Ryan Michael, and besides being a leading member of the “Taco Crew,” he also stars in videos with his wife, DOLLASTIC PLAYS. Ryan plays Roblox and Minecraft almost exclusively.

MicroGuardian is most active on YouTube, but his fans also engage him on Instagram and Twitter.

Influencer #14: Charmx

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Karl Cloutier, or Charmx, is a YouTuber and reactor who loves music, comedy, and animation as much as he loves his video games. Fans have flocked to his four YouTube channels, including Charmx Plays, Charmx, Charmx2, and Charmx3. 

Karl’s favorite games currently are Cyberpunk, Teardown, and his own video game creations. Charmx is active on YouTube and Twitter

Influencer #15: ItsFunneh

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Kat Le hails from Canada and is the mastermind behind the Krew and the YouTube channel, ItsFunneh. The Krew features Kat’s siblings, GoldenGlare (Kim), Lunar Eclipse (Wenny), PaintingRainbows (Betty), and DraconiteDragon (Allen). 

Similar to the Taco Crew, ItsFunneh specializes in Minecraft and Roblox. You can find Kat on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

Influencer #16: W2S

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Harry Lewis is WroeToShaw, a social media account dedicated to gaming, cars, and personal relationships. He is also one of the seven Sidemen YouTubers. W2S features videos of real life soccer antics, as well as FIFA Fut Draft plays.

Fans joke that it’s important to keep the volume low when watching WroeToShaw, because Harry is notoriously loud and celebratory during his gaming videos. You can find him on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Influencer #17: DanTDM

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Daniel Middleton, famous as DanTDM online, made waves beyond esports in 2016 when he set the Guinness Book of World Records for “most views for a dedicated Minecraft channel — 7.9 billion at the time” (according to Forbes). Today, Daniel is one of the most popular gamers on YouTube and Twitch.

DanTDM continues to play Minecraft, as well as reviewing new releases and gaming systems. You can also find him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Influencer #18: Chris NEO – The IRATE Gamer

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Not to be outdone by the AngryJoeShow (#10 above), Chris Bores is unashamedly “foul-mouthed” (according to YouTube Fandom) and is a fan favorite video game reviewer on YouTube.

Chris retired a few years ago but is suddenly back delighting fans with more videos. He is most active on YouTube but also maintains his Facebook page.

Influencer #19: 8-BitRyan

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8-BitRyan is perhaps one of the most theatrical esports influencers online. We don’t know his last name, but his real first name is Ryan. He appears to have no game favorites – he wants to try them all. But Ryan likes to leave the screen from time to time, such as the time he partnered with St. Judes for a fundraising event that ended with him skydiving dressed as various characters from Friday Nights at Freddy’s.

If you track Ryan online, be sure to look out for special appearances from his alter ego, Neo-BitRyan. He is active on YouTube, Twitch, Instagram, and Twitter.

Influencer #20: The Game Theorists

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For a more philosophical and scientific approach to video games, Matthew Patrick – or MatPat, The Game Theorists – “nerds out” on background and insights to today’s most popular video games. Matt is also a beloved father and husband, joining State Farm for the latest St. Jude’s fundraising event.

Among Matt’s favorite games are Game Theory, Minecraft, and Donkey Kong. You can find him on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

In Conclusion eSport influencers can be impactful ecommerce partners

eSports influencers are among the most fascinating groups of influencers online. They typically maintain vibrant relationships with fans and are particular about the brands that they partner with. Using the list above, you can determine which gamer influencers are a good fit for your brand.

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