- Gaming videos are incredibly popular on YouTube, and some stars can make millions of dollars off of them.
- We ranked the top gaming YouTube stars, who play games from "Minecraft" to "Call of Duty," based on how many subscribers they have.
Gamers rule YouTube.
Throughout the years, gamers have taken to the video site to upload their own commentary or play-throughs of games, building loyal fan bases in the process. Some of these gamers have reached insane levels of popularity, with millions of subscribers. And, in some cases, they are making millions of dollars as well.
Whether they focus on the world-building game "Minecraft" or shooters like "Call of Duty," YouTube gaming is an essential part of the website's culture, both for the viewers who spend many, many hours eating up content, and the creators, some of whom make a living off of sponsorships and advertising.
To calculate which stars were the biggest, we turned to Socialblade to see the 11 most popular YouTube stars in the world focused on gaming by subscriber count. When possible, we also included their estimated earnings from 2017 (via Forbes.)
Check out the list below:
Subscribers: 13.3 million
24 year old Guillermo Diaz, from Spain, has become a prominent gamer on YouTube mainly through his "Minecraft" videos. According to his Twitter, he's uploaded a daily video since 2010.
Subscribers: 15.2 million
Pedro Afonso Rezende is a 21-year-old Brazilian YouTuber who won the Nickelodeon Brazil Kids' Choice Award for Gaming in 2016, and for "Trendy Guy" in 2017. He's best known for playing "Minecraft" and "Resident Evil."
Subscribers: 17.8 million
2017 income: $16.5 million
UK professional gamer Daniel Middleton, formerly known as The Diamond Minecart, is best known for his "Minecraft" videos. Like many big YouTubers, he has an online store where fans can purchase his merchandise. But unlike those other YouTube stars, in 2017 he was the highest paid YouTuber in the world.
Subscribers: 18 million
27 year old Seán William McLoughlin, from Ireland, is "the most consistently energetic video game commentator on youtube," according to his own YouTube channel bio. He became popular after other famous YouTuber PewDiePie mentioned him in one of his videos.
Subscribers: 21 million
28 year old Samuel de Luque Batuecas, from Spain, "loves unicorns" and "lives with a killer goblin," if you believe his YouTube bio. He's known for "Minecraft" videos, but has also played through more violent games such as "Grand Theft Auto," "Rainbow Six," and "Resident Evil."
Subscribers: 22.3 million
2017 income: $15.5 million
Canadian Evan Fong was the second highest paid YouTuber of 2017. He's known for his video series "Funny Moments," in which he skillfully edits together past videos. He also has a series of animated videos, which have totaled almost 60 million views with 30 videos.
Subscribers: 26.4 million
Luis Fernando Flores, from El Salvador, is known for including his dog, pictured above, in his usually wacky YouTube videos. In addition to his popular YouTube channel, he also has an Apple gaming app, also called Fernanfloo, available for download.
Subscribers: 27.4 million
Rubén Doblas Gundersen is a Spanish YouTuber known for various gaming genres, from horror to indie, but also gets more "personal" (as he phrases it in his YouTube bio) in some vlogs in which he reveals more about himself.
Subscribers: 60 million
2017 income: $12 million
PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, may have been the sixth highest paid YouTuber of 2017, but he's still the most popular gamer on YouTube, with over 60 million subscribers. He's expanded his video types in recent years, but was originally known for his gaming commentary. He was even the subject of a "South Park" episode in 2014 where he voiced himself.
But the YouTube superstar hasn't been without controversy. Last year, PewDiePie uttered a racial slur during a live-streamed outburst. And after an investigation by the Wall Street Journal showed anti-Semitic messages in videos, Disney cut ties with him.