In the age of technology, an increasing number of people, especially young people, tend to be employed online video games. In fact, it is not uncommon to spend countless hours in front of a computer playing one or more games. This is particularly troubling, as they spend much of their lives and daily life in front of a screen, while rejecting other activities. However, there are cases of people who have managed to make the hobby of online video games a profession, earning astronomical sums, while they have become world famous and have a great influence, a fact that is proven by the views and subscribers they gather, as well as the big contracts they have signed with both video game companies and companies in other fields, such as clothing brands. So it is worth mentioning the top 10 highest paid Video Gamers and their course so far.
First on the list is Ninja (Tyler Blevins) with earnings of 17 million dollars. You could see this top player everywhere in 2019, from the Red Bull soft drink cans in the grocery stores to the Walmart beds, while he also starred in NFL commercials. Although his views diminished, his influence remained the same, as he had the support of Adidas, Red Bull and the lingerie company PSD. At the same time his exclusive collaboration with Microsoft contributes to the reshaping of the live-streaming landscape. Therefore, his popularity increased even more. Indicatively, this month, the manufacturers of Fortnite Epic Games released an Ninja Ninja game for its fans.
Second on the list of top video gamers is PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) with a profit of $ 15 million. The top YouTuber, announced that he will take a break from the site after another turbulent year. In September 2019, he promised $ 50.000 to the anti-defamation association to pass its anti-Semitic views. Later, however, he abruptly canceled the donation, after an outcry from his fans. Kjellberg, however, remains just as popular, reaching around 5 billion views in 2019.
The list of top video gamers is Preston (Preston Arsement) with a profit of $ 14 million. This is a popular Minecraft player as well as a vlogger who earns millions of dollars annually by releasing custom versions of Minecraft at in-game costs.
Next comes Markiplier (Mark Fischbach) with profits of $ 14 million. Created a sequence of humorous and exaggerated reactions to horror video games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent. In addition, an original adventure movie called A Heist with Markiplier was released on YouTube.
Fifth on the list is Shroud (Michael Grzesiek) with $ 12,5 million in earnings. The fact that he was involved in many games and not just one, made Michael Grzesiek a favorite of major game publishers such as Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Activision Blizzard. The former pro has also released a series of clothes with Jinx.
Sixth on the list is DanTDM (Daniel Middleton) with earnings of $ 12 million. Daniel Middleton is known worldwide, with great influence due to his popular Minecraft video, gathering about 23 million subscribers. In 2019, he toured on an interactive cinematic experience called The Contest.
Next is VanossGaming (Evan Fong) with $ 11,5 million in earnings. Fong's comic playthroughs have attracted some 25 million subscribers, with almost 2 billion views on YouTube in 2019. He became known for his starring role as a monster hunter in Paranormal Action Squad, a 2016 premium cartoon series on the same platform.
Eighth on the list is Jacksepticeye (Sean McLoughlin) with $ 11 million in earnings. With over 23 million subscribers, McLoughlin is Ireland's most popular YouTuber, uploading videos with various games. In 2018, he released a line of clothing with YouTube gamer partner Mark “Markiplier” Fischbach.
Next comes TimTheTatman (Timothy Betar) with $ 8 million in profits. Comic, well-made Fortnite streams made him a favorite of brands, from Reese to Bud Light. He also makes streams himself, while also commenting on NFL football games Twitch. At the end of 2019, it signed an exclusive streaming deal with the platform.
Finally, the list ends with Nickmercs (Nick Kolcheff) earning $ 6 million. Nick Kolcheff became known for playing Fortnite with a controller, which is considered more difficult than using a keyboard and mouse. This led him to be the tenth most viewed streamer in 2019, according to StreamElements and Arsenal.gg. He also signed with Twitch a two-year, $ 2 million exclusive contract.