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Battle Royale: Top Games and Twitch Influencers

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Battle Royale games such as Fortnite and Apex Legends attract millions of players and viewers due to the captivating gameplay, expansive maps, and frequent updates. The genre became a real hit in 2017 and keeps attracting players with its unique combination of the last man standing and survival games. With the growing popularity of the genre, the influence of Battle Royale streamers is also increasing. 

The boom of Battle Royale makes it an appealing genre for playing, streaming and promoting brands and products. Collaboration with the leading Battle Royale streamers can be a great influencer marketing solution for both gaming and non-gaming brands. In this blog post, Cloutboost has put together key features of Battle Royale games and a list of the most influential Battle Royale streamers.

What is Battle Royale? 

Battle Royale games incorporate last man standing gameplay with a shrinking playfield and weapon/gear gathering. These features drive game characters together and intensify the action. The genre is experiencing a revival, with a growing number of players and viewers streaming and watching the games. Based on the number of players and streamers in different Battle Royale games, their rating is as follows:

Apex Legends 

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Apex Legends has been an undeniable leader since the moment of its release. The video game racked up 50 million players within the first month and has been gaining fans ever since. Nowadays, the leading players of Apex Legends have around 700 thousand followers on Twitch. Real Kraftyy and Dizzy are among the top followed Apex Legends streamers on Twitch.

  • Real Kraftyy. Jesse Kraft (28 y.o.) is an American Apex Legends prodigy, currently playing for TSM, Team SoloMid. As a professional player, he started with Destiny 2, Fortnite, Counter-Strike, World of Warcraft and similar video games. He joined Twitch in July 2014 and obtained true recognition in 2018 when he signed on with Team SoloMid. Real Kraftyy is streaming regularly on Twitch, which helped him gain the reputation among Battle Royale community, as well as almost 700 thousand followers. His channel is proudly sponsored by such brands as GFUEL, Logitech, GrubFood and others. 
  • Dizzy. Coby Meadows (19 y.o.) is a US streamer who creates fascinating Apex Legends content on Twitch. Even before he launched his own streaming channel, he played with a well-known gamer Summit 1G. He got involved in streaming video games in June 2013 when he started a YouTube channel, but in November 2015 he switched to Twitch. Dizzy has always produced quality content, which made him a reputable Twitch influencer with over 675 thousand viewers. Dizzy is known for supporting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fight cancer. His sponsored collaborations include partnering with Sennheiser and Opseat brands to promote their gaming essentials.

Fortnite

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Fortnite is another popular Battle Royale game that features the highest number of active players being around 78 million in August 2018. An interesting fact is that it managed to keep a leading position for several months, even after the release of revolutionary Apex Legends. Ninja was one of the most active and famous Fortnite streamers on Twitch, who contributed greatly to the increasing popularity of the game. Despite Ninja unexpectedly changed over to a new video game streaming platform, there are lots of enthusiastic streamers who have great potential to become as popular as Ninja.

  • Tfue. Turner Tenney (21 y.o.) is an American streamer who joined Twitch in April 2014. He has been interested in computer games since he was 12, but it turned into a real passion once Tfue discovered Destiny and Call of Duty. Turner was actively involved in streaming PUBG and H2Z1 on YouTube, but Fortnite became the game that brought him real success. Currently, Tfue has 6.9 million followers making him one of the most influential streamers. With Ninja’s transfer to Mixer, Tfue is now holding the title of most-followed Fortnite player on Twitch. 
  • Myth. Ali Kabbani (20 y.o.) is a US streamer who has played video games since two or three years of age. His “career” started with Halo: Combat Evolved, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and League of Legends. In 2015, Ali joined Twitch and gained recognition as a Fortnite player. Since then, he’s been mastering his playing and streaming skills, growing the number of his followers to over 5 million. The influencer partners with such big brand names as Chipotle, LG, Lenovo and others. 

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which is more known as PUBG, was released in 2017. Since then, it has been one of the most involving games with over 24 thousand concurrent viewers on Twitch. There are lots of enthusiastic streamers who create quality content and keep this Battle Royale game top-rated.

  • Mithrain. Cem Karakos is a staple representative of the video gaming community that started streaming in January 2015. Now he is known in professional eSports as a PUBG player and streamer with around 915 thousand followers. The Turkish player is also popular for streaming another famous Battle Royale game, Alex Legends. 
  • ChocoTaco. Jake Throop (30 y.o.) is a unique Twitch streamer who joined the gang of Battle Royale gamers in August 2014 and became an immediate success. With interesting content, unique playing skills, and regular streams he gained a pretty big audience of more than 905 thousand followers. His channel is best known for PUBG streams but he also plays other games like Fortnite. This celebrity influencer partners both with gaming and non-gaming brands – his sponsorship deals vary from Call of Duty new release to Grub Hub food delivery.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Blackout)

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A traditional Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has revived with an exciting Battle Royale mode, known as Blackout. Extended maps, new locations, custom games, and similar features make the game still appreciated. Despite its popularity has slightly decreased since October 2018, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 definitely has its fans.

  • Syndicate. Tom Cassell (26 y.o.), a British video game player and streamer started his Twitch career in October 2010. Initially, he was uploading his gameplays of Modern Warfare 2 and Halo on YouTube. Tom gained increasing prominence at the end of 2010 and by 2018 he has obtained over 2.7 million followers. Now, he is into Battle Royale video games and is known for streaming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.  
  • Scump. Seth Abner (24 y.o.) is an American streamer who joined Twitch in June 2010. He grew up playing video games like Halo, Call of Duty 2&3, Call of Duty 4 Gamebattles. Scump gained his popularity in 2012 when another player, Nadeshot, joined OpTic Gaming and helped Scump improve and promote his Twitch streams. Today his audience tallies over 600 thousand followers. Over the years Scump’s preferences in video gaming have not changed, he is known mainly for playing and streaming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. On his Twitch channel, he promotes gaming-related products such as headsets, gaming chairs, etc.

Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter

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Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter was launched in June 2019 gaining attention of many Twitch streamers. The unique feature of the game is a combination of mechanics of Fallout and style of Battle Royale. The game is a quality refresh of the previous versions, providing players with improved features and better playing opportunities. Despite the game has been released not long ago, it has already gained an army of loyal fans, such as:

  • Kevduit is a mysterious streamer, who has been active on Twitch since September 2013 but managed to protect his private information. The player has over 38 thousand followers and is known for his excellent skills in Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter. He also streams other Battle Royale games such as Apex Legends, Fortnite along with FPS games like Call of Duty 4: Black Ops.
  • Joshbaked is a UK streamer who has been producing gaming content since July 2015. Apart from collaborating with other players, he became an academy manager and co-founder of Streamers Connected which is the largest Twitch streaming team. His channel is watched mainly by Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter enthusiasts and accounts for more than 27 thousand followers.

H1Z1

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H1Z1 is another example of a popular Battle Royale game. Available as a free-to-play option since February 2018, it has also gained its audience. However, there are not many devoted H1Z1 fans, while the majority of streamers enjoy it as an extra activity. Kayler01, Navegga, and Babounrfu54 are the most followed H1Z1 streamers with the audience ranging from 19 to 9 thousand followers correspondingly. 

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