Top 10 Female eSports Streamers: Twitch, YouTube, Followers, Games

If you haven’t realized it already, gaming has changed the world. Alongside that, streaming has grown to become a lucrative new medium. The runway isn’t the only place for attractive women to be seen. Instead of rigorously dieting among the other intense behaviors of a model’s lifestyle, all you have to do is practice a few popular video games, turn on your webcam, dress to appeal, and you can make so much more money. Of course, the virtuous truth is that personality is what defines people, but the less-attractive female streamers tend to not do as well in terms of career success. It’s the ugly reality, but the future may cause that to change. This is an era of boys obsessed with video games and female eSports streamers have absolutely capitalized on that, and it’s great! These ten ladies have achieved a balance between following their passion and scoring thousands upon thousands of dollars. Being attractive and having an amicable character multiplies this effect. But, you’ll find no streaming guru here. What you’ll find are prime examples of what’s possible, albeit circumstantially, to do. It is rather wholesome that some members of this list, some of the premier female streamers out there, take active stances against harassment and sexism. Those two form a deadly toxin that can be injected virtually anywhere. So, even being attractive doesn’t make streaming that much easier; it certainly makes for an easier target for Trolls. Nonetheless, you’ll find that these streamers are some of the most likable people in the gaming scene today. Here are the top ten female streamers.

Name Username Games (not exhaustive) Followers
Imane Anys Pokimane League of Legends
Fortnite
3,254,207
Kathleen Belsten LoserFruit Witcher 3
Overwatch
Just Dance
Call of Duty
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
League of Legends
GoldenEye 007
1,063,702
Kristen Valnicek KittyPlaysGames CS:GO
Fortnite
Dota 2
Player Unknown's Battlegrounds
1,006,903
Sonja Reid OMGitsfirefoxx Minecraft
CS:GO
Overwatch
League of Legends
Player Unkown's Battlegrounds
758,672
Rumay Wang itsHAFU Bloodline Champions
Diablo III
World of Warcraft
Hearthstone Constructed
Hearthstone Arena
Teamfight Tactics
League of Legends
742,460
Rachel Hofsetter Valkyrae Bloodborne
The Walking Dead
Fortnite
Apex Legends
837,413
Lea Currier LegendaryLea Teamfight Tactics
Hearthstone
CS:GO
Sims 4
H1Z1
World of Warcraft
Just Dance 4
Dark Souls III
Fortnite
647,184
Brandi - DizzyKitten Apex Legends
Age of Wonders: Planetfall
CS:GO
Super Hexagon
Player Unknown's Battlegrounds
The Walking Dead
556,818
Kacey Caviness Kaceytron League of LEgends
Grand Theft Auto V
Overwatch
World of Warcraft
Fortnite
491,488
Alexandria - 2MGoverCSquared Injustice 2
Player Unknown's Battlegrounds
CS:GO
The Culling
Tom Clancy's The Division
439,161

Pokimane

Pokimane

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It isn’t easy to keep one’s personal life hidden from 3,254,207 people, so there is a lot more information available about this streamer than others on our list. Firstly, Anys is a Moroccon-Canadian who lives in the United States. She was born in Morocco on May 14, 1996. Accordingly, she’s fluent in Darija, the Moroccan dialect of Arabic. She also speaks English, of course. Anys has started a degree in chemical engineering at McMaster University. The official status on that endeavor is not known and it’s not easy to guess, given that she started streaming back in 2014 and does so every single day aside from Monday. The games which she is known for streaming are League of Legends and Fortnite, two of the biggest titles in the contemporary gaming world. For the former, her favorite champions are Lux and Orianna. If you’d like to hear and see her outside of her stream, you can watch this interview from E3 2018.

LoserFruit

LoserFruit

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Belsten was born in Melbourne, Australia on February 22, 1993. After graduating from Flinders Christian Community College in 2010, she enrolled at RMIT University. She graduated from that institution in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Before becoming a full-time streamer, Belsten worked as an intern at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. To summarize, she’s very educated and experienced on the pursuit, manipulation, and communication of information. That sort of knowledge, coupled with a passion for gaming, made streaming an incredibly feasible career-path for her. She gained traction with games like Overwatch. Mainstream titles of that sort immensely helped her career, launching her into the frontlines. That sort of exposure is never completely healthy: Belsten has experienced the troubles of most female streamers in the form of sexually harassing messages from men (gamers and subscribers), as well as ‘haters’ that all streamers encounter. Someone like her naturally made a great fit for the liked online gaming group, The Click Crew. She collaborates with members often. She currently has a romantic relationship with one of those members, Marcus. She has received anything from $1,000 to $5,000 in donations, which is one of the primary branches of her income tree. Some of the other branches are subscriptions, ad revenue, and sponsorships; all of these are integral to a streamer’s financial success.

KittyPlays

KittyPlays

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As opposed to a three-million follower group trying to learn all about you, it seems like 1,006,903 are far easier to elude. On her Twitch page, she notes that she is twenty-six and lives in Vancouver, Canada. So, she’s Canadian. Valnicek stated in an extensive interview that she planned to leave her university without completing her business degree and live forever in her parents’ basement and play video games all day. A common dream, in this day and age. But her level of work and effort distinguishes her from countless others in the ability to attain such a wonderful goal. Her streaming career began in 2013, and she said herself in the same interview that “for two years, I ate, slept[,] and streamed.” Laborious and tedious, the process colloquially known as THE GRIND has been Valnicek’s life for longer than most. This accordingly sets her ahead of most; her popularity has elevated to a position of mass influence. However, this beneficiary has put some of the fruits of her labor back into the system in order to help others follow her footsteps. She’s the founder of Team Kitty, a Networking and Mentorship Team, which is dedicated to bringing together female creators on Twitch. Her charm and skill with a gun compose only the surface of this streaming star.

OMGitsfirefoxx

OMGitsfirefoxx

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Although she’s made it onto our list, her own Twitch page does state: “i stream sometimes but not all the time[.]” So, how did she become one of the top female streamers if she barely streams ever? The most probable answer is that she used to stream much more. Now, there’s a very legitimate reason for this change. It came in 2018. In that year, she hired legal representation in order to obtain a restraining order against an alleged stalker. As she claimed, she received threatening messages from multiple stalkers. However, Reid must have known that nearly all female streamers encounter creeps, so she would not plummet her streaming career because of it. What did impact her streaming was a subsequent lawsuit from that law firm that she hired, McPherson LLP. The suit ordains that she owes $41,560.54 in legal fees for the restraining order services. Such drama can bring attention to a streamer, so it’s plausible that this event didn’t hurt her as severely as it could have. Reid has streamed fewer games recently and moved more to directly engaging in chat with her viewers, which might be what some consumers actually prefer. She marks her streams as ‘for mature audiences’ thus its reasonable to anticipate a lot of conversations that adults like to have. Before her career in streaming, she studied Computer Programming. Before that, she was born in Toronto, Canada on February 12, 1991.

itsHAFU

itsHAFU

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Wang was born on April 18, 1991. Her gaming career first took shape when she was fourteen. Like most, her fascination with video games began early on in her life. Now, she has become a renowned World of Warcraft player and one of the best Hearthstone Arena players in the world. Wang found her place in the live-streaming community for these accolades, but that’s not all that she has to offer. Her admirable kindness, one might think, would be offset by the numerous hardships that she has faced. After all, internet fame can be cruel. For Wang, it’s frequent sexualization, objectification—adversity for this streamer comes not only from her opponents in-game but also from sexism. She endured daily torment while playing professional World of Warcraft, including an encounter with a team called “Gonna Rape Hafu At Regionals” at a competition. Her stalwart resistance to the venomous fangs of sexism has inspired her to speak out against the injustices that women working to make it as a streamer experience. Her remarkable strength and character make her endearing to viewers. Nevertheless, there are plenty who want to see legitimate skill in those they watch. Wang played a one-on-one Mid Lane duel against Bjergsen (TSM’s star Mid) and won. The last sip of tea on this streamer is that she’s in a relationship with a fellow streamer, Dogdog.

Valkyrae

Valkyrae

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Born January 8, 1992, Hofsetter has the willpower of a Valkyrie. Hofsetter began her live-streaming career on January 11, 2015. Previously, she has graduated from a Community College with an unknown degree and worked at a local GameStop. She enjoyed that job as little as you’d expect. She used her Instagram as a medium for gaming posts, and it was the fans of those posts that initially asked her to stream on Twitch. It’s because of them that she started her channel. But her reasons for committing to that career go beyond what her fans want—Hofsetter has actively given financial assistance to her mother by paying her debts. This streamer’s Net Worth is estimated to be around $450,000. When she began streaming games like Fortnite, her popularity spiked. More and more people were viewing her streams and contributing to her chat rooms. That engagement and popularity eventually caught the attention of 100 Thieves, a gaming organization. They contracted Hofsetter in 2018 and at the beginning of the next year, she moved to the 100 Thieves Content House where she now resides with the owner of the organization, ex-pro player Matt “Nadeshot” Haag. Additionally, she was a Finalist on the Games Category of the eleventh Short Awards. This streamer is a great fit for the ‘night-owls’ that comprise the majority of gamers today, she streams everyday from 5pm to 2am EST. You can learn some more about her from her appearance in this interview.

LegendaryLea

LegendaryLea

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Currier was born on May 4, 1989, and very little is known about her early life. She graduated from the University of California at San Diego Cum Laude with degrees in Physiology and Neuroscience. Those difficult subjects attest to the intelligence of this streamer, but she has run into her fair share of problems. She has openly admitted to being afflicted by anxiety—most likely General Anxiety Disorder—and the medication she uses to deal with that. Furthermore, she advocates for the treatment of mental health to all. Her variety of games has allured a greater number of viewers. There have been contributions to her gaming streams that exceed $200,000 which is a very impressive amount. Currier highlights that you can donate certain amounts to trigger effects during her streams such as paying $6.66 for a Jump Scare or $11.11 for “Air horn Careless Whisper” which might result in a dance. For all of her earnings, she has hosted a slew of charity streams and expressed goodwill on many occasions. That said, there is a bit of gossip on her. For one, she received a 30-day ban from Twitch in June 2016 because her inner legs were seen by the webcam while she was livestreaming. She called it ‘unfair.’ The more juicy gossip pertains to her romantic interests. She dated Thomas “Sodapoppin” Morris for several years before a tough break-up in early 2017, and when viewers asked about the bad ground between them, she labeled her ex-boyfriend a “f*cktard.” Perhaps the hottest part of her piping-hot tea is what she said (while inebriated) about children with cancer. So, if you like constant variety and a precedent of controversy, this is it, chief.

DizzyKitten

DizzyKitten

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Despite the odds, this streamer has managed to keep her surname anonymous. She was born on October 23, 1992. So, we know she’s a Scorpio. We know she was born in the United States; that she went to school for nursing; that she’s Scottish, Irish, and Native American. On her Twitch page, she answers the question ‘What ethnicity are you?’ with “Potato.” Also, we know she lives in Arkansas. She’s revealed that she’s 5’6” in height. We know that she has one-hundred-and-twenty-seven plushies in her background. But we don’t know her last name. Brandi first encountered video games when she was eleven and witnessed her older brother playing World of Warcraft. That seeded her interest in games and eventually, beginning in September of 2013, she began her own streaming channel. Brandi streams ASMR for the delight of her sound-sensitive viewers, too. For the more humoristically-inclined, she happens to be very gifted at making funny faces – maybe not Jessica Nigri-level goofy, but they’re good. As exemplified by her segment “Tea Time with Dizzy,” this streamer is motivated to provide a wholesome experience for her viewers. Of course, the internet’s barrier almost encourages people to try to take good-family-fun and make it ‘thirsty.’ To recap: she’s got the drive and ingenuity to keep her last name anonymous, the compassion and voice to appeal to the ASMR crowd, and the cheer and proficiency to play video games. Hey, that’s pretty good.

Kaceytron

Kaceytron

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Caviness, a powerhouse in the conflict against sexual harassment in gaming, was born on December 19, 1992. Her Net Worth is estimated to be around $200,000. Her family information isn’t accessible by any means of her (thus unable to be proven) but what is known is that she’s American and is of French descent. Her life prior to streaming is not well known and she has done little to expose more of it, which is a precautionary measure on her part. Apparently, that was a strategic move on her part because there has been some controversy involving her that may have put her in a spotlight under which she did not want to be. Recently, she had an incident with the IRS wherein the federal organization seized her funds—emptied her bank account. This happened due to her issue with staying on top of her taxes; she confesses that she was not evading taxes or had any intention of ‘cheating the system’ but, like countless others, was behind on payment. Sarcastic comebacks and a bold personality meant that she could trash talk uniquely well, but that’s not her weapon of choice for combating adversity. Someone with her level of wit would make no other action than to use spiteful irony. If everyone is going to harass her as a slut or harlot, then she’ll give the appearance of one. But, make no mistake, she isn’t genuinely acting like those kinds of people, she makes herself appear as one of them. Low-cut tops with a few extra buttons undone, that sort of thing. Now, she benefits off of every single person who goes to her streams to ridicule her style. Caviness is a smart and powerful woman.

2MGoverCSquared

2MGoverCSquared

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Born March 20, 1991, this streamer has also withheld her surname. She was born in Katy, Texas. The meaning and value of her username escape a lot of people, but it’ll give the highly-educated a good chuckle. It refers to the equation R=2(MassxGravityConstant)/c2 which is known as the Schwarzschild Radius. If that still escapes people, then they should watch more Cosmos; it’s the radius of the ‘event horizon’ of a black hole, particularly one that isn’t rotating. To put it more simply, any object that has a physical radius that is smaller than its calculated Schwarzschild Radius will be a black hole. That aside, Alexandria was born one month earlier than expected. She is widely popular on Youtube, whence she uploaded her first video on October 31, 2013 and accrued 225,000 subscribers in her first year-and-a-half. Alexandria is a part of the Peep Crew Family on Youtube and the Dapper Crew on Twitch. This intersection between the two video sites is highly common among female streamers as the former can be used for vlogs and other recreational or personal videos while the second can be used solely for gaming. This streamer has largely operated in this way. She has been streaming since June 25, 2013. She has diffused her output to more media, hosting a Discord server and streaming on Facebook to name a couple. If you love gaming and are excited about science, she’s for you.

Streaming has revolutionized the internet. It’s an innovation that has grown and grown and now has such an embedded foundation that it’s difficult to imagine our gaming world without it. Similarities can be drawn between streaming and television, as well as any other broadcasting medium. Now, the celebrities that rise from the TV shows are gradually decreasing in number and the stars that rise from online streaming sites are increasing. Could that mean that the market, so to speak, may eventually saturate? What then? Matters like these might be very pertinent to you if you want to follow in the footsteps of these women. Making a career out of streaming, that is. We won’t discourage you from following your dreams and striving to enrich your life by making a living out of your passion, but it’s wise to take into account the plausible future of numberless streamer personalities. But who are we, fortune tellers? Certainly not. We, here at Lineups, care about data. We care about the educated estimations and expectations, not groundless beliefs and conjectures about the future. And this has been the data on those at the top of the leaderboard for female streamers!

  
I'm a Creative Writing-Psychology double major at Butler University, Class of 2021. My closest friends are the leaders of Butler's eSports Team, so I've become very interested in the subject and I'm excited to get involved in it myself. A lover of video games and writing, working with Lineups is the perfect opportunity for me to coalesce these two passions of mine and gain experience writing professionally.

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