Top gaming influencers on YouTube

On YouTube and other social media platforms, any niche and any topic could lead you to huge profits just by uploading your videos and sharing them with the world. Every view counts, every like is worth a penny, and every share is a traffic booster.

Online games have brought a lot of fun and excitement to our online community. As online games and online community increase from time to time, influencers also earn more and more profit. How does it work?

Here’s a list of the top gaming influencers on YouTube and how they got started:

Marcos Fischbach

Also known as Markiplier, a Hawaiian-born army dropped out of college where he studied engineering to grow his career as a YouTube gaming commentator. Specializing in the horror genre, his videos have been viewed more than 7 billion times in five years. His latest sign of crossover success from him? He signed a contract with the mega-agency William Morris Endeavor in 2016.

Felix Kjellberg

Also known as PewDiePie, he is the highest-paid YouTube influencer in the world as of 2016. The Swedish gamer would have topped the gaming category if it weren’t for the nine videos he posted in early 2017, which contain Nazi imagery. Maker Studios, a Disney subsidiary that is also its multi-channel network partner, cut ties with it. He was also banned from the Red YouTube platform and the Google Preferred program. He continues to earn millions from YouTube ads alone while his brand is tarnished.

Evan Fong

A Canadian also known as VanossGaming, in order to pursue his career online full time, he dropped out of the University of Pennsylvania. He chats and jokes with his friends and colleagues while playing games like Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto on his YouTube channel. He began voicing a character in the adult animated series ‘Paranormal Action Squad’ for YouTube Red in 2016.

sonja reid

Also known as Omgitsfirefoxx, she began broadcasting live on the gaming platform Twitch in 2013. She posts highlights to YouTube, where she quickly amassed an impressive following that led to partnerships with brands like Audi, Syfy, and Intel.


A British-born YouTube influencer also known as Lia Wolf who specializes in Call of Duty gameplay videos, she also dabbles in cosplay and anime. With her more than 5 million subscribers and followers, she led her to partner with companies like Activision, EA, Ubisoft, and Disney. She said, “I wanted to show that girls can play games too and be good at video games.”


His real name is Sean McLoughlin. He first used YouTube in 2012 and then began posting daily in 2013. He is best known for his energetic and funny comments. With videos of him having been viewed more than 7.2 billion times, he is signed to Revelmode, a subnet of Disney’s Maker Studios.


Daniel Middleton is a professional gamer known online as DanTDM or The Diamond Minecraft. His mastery of the popular family game Minecraft and his following had earned him a Guinness World Record in 2016 for amassing the most views for a dedicated Minecraft channel, which at the time stood at 7.9 billion.

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Tom Cassell, the veteran gamer who was the first person to reach 1 million followers on the live streaming platform Twitch back in 2014. Since then, he has received more than 10 million YouTube subscribers for his gameplay of gaming franchises like Halo and Call of Duty. He is now signed to gaming influencer agency 3BlackDot with fellow listmates Sonja Reid and Evan Fong.

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Adam Dahlberg, a YouTube veteran at the age of 24. He got his start as a voice actor for gaming videos in 2006 and more than a decade later, his main channel focused on the hit children’s game, Minecraft. It had over 11 million subscribers and is now partnered with Amazon, Netflix and Nintendo and sells merchandise to fans like posters and pillows.

mari takahashi

AtomicMari was the only female member of the mega-popular YouTube channel, Smosh Games, until early 2017. She stars in Maricraft, a sub-series centered around the Minecraft game. The former professional dancer began hosting her Smosh Pit Weekly in 2010. Now, she has a social audience of over 2 million and in 2016, she competed as a cast member on the 33rd season of the CBS hit ‘Survivor.’

These YouTubers make millions a year just by playing and narrating video games.

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