We all know that gaming is big money, Call of Duty smashes the billion dollar mark hours after the game is released every year. Grand Theft Auto has already surpassed 30 million sales and the PS4 is flying off shelves at record breaking pace.
But it’s not only the mainstream industry where the money lies. No there are some people making, possibly, millions by playing games and I’m not talking about eSports stars. In fact most of these guys aren’t very good at games but what they are good at is making it entertaining for their niche markets.
So in reverse order by subscriber numbers let’s take a look at the top 10 gaming YouTubers as of right now.
10: VEGETTA777 – 5,047,192 subscribers
Vegetta777, or rather Samuel de Luque, is a Madrid based Spanish YouTuber who is incredibly popular in Spain and Latin America. He uploads around 2-3 videos daily and covers a wide variety of games including Minecraft, Saint’s Row, Garry’s Mod, inFamous, Castlevania and more.
If you speak Spanish then maybe this South Park video will interest you.
9: KSI – 5,440,498 Subscribers
In 9th place we have KSI, Olajide Olatunji, who has nearly 5.5 million subscribers who tune in every two days to watch him mainly play FIFA. KSI is based in London and is currently touring the country going to universities and making videos of his experience.
At least this one speaks English so we can understand him
Here is one of his most popular videos, KSI is 20 years old.
8: League of Legends – 5,681,508
n 8th spot we have the only official gaming channel in the top 10. I was going to skip it and include the next independent on the list but I thought it was interesting that out of all the games in the world the only one that makes it into the top 10 is League of Legends.
7: speedyw03 – 5,837,444
In 7th spot we have the first American on the list with nearly 6 million subscribers. Speedy is most well known for Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty videos and he’s made his money by being humorous and just making ridiculous videos.
Check this video where he and his friends try race an RPG in Grand Theft Auto V
6: TobyGames – 6,502,651
Toby is the very first gaming YouTuber I found and it’s nice to see him still doing well with 6 1/2 million subscribers.
Toby is more famous than most as he has numerous channels with his vlog channel hitting over 1.5 million subscribers and his Tobuscus channel having 4.2 million users.
Here is Toby playing the goat simulator.
5: VanossGaming – 6,583,936
A mere 80k subscribers ahead of Toby is VanossGaming who I am struggling to find much information about. He appears to cover a few different games but is most prolific with his GTA V videos which he blends with other games.
Like Minecraft GTA V
4: TheSyndicateProject – 7,237,731
In 4th spot we have The Syndicate Project which is a channel run by 20 year old Tom Cassell from Manchester in the United Kingdom.
Tom came to prominence in Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies and has then successfully pivoted over to Minecraft to continue growing. He also covers games like DayZ and GTA V.
3: CaptainSparklez – 7,276,207
Squeaking ahead of Syndicate into 3rd spot is CaptainSparklez who keeps his 7.2 million subscribers happy by posting around 2 minecraft videos a day.
CaptainSparklez is more formally known as Jordan Maron and is 22 years old right now and based in America, Santa Barbara.
Jordan’s currently popular videos are based around the Hunger Game mod for Minecraft
2: SkyDoesMinecraft – 9,585,449
And my kids favourite YouTuber comes in at number 2 on the top 10 list, SkyDoesMinecraft whose parents called him Adam Dahlberg has over 9.5 million subscribers.
As you can tell from his name he mainly dabbles in Minecraft and honestly is really well known for calling gold “butter” in the game. Adam resides in Washington, USA.
Adam does some very clever little parody videos of currently popular songs such as this one of Coldplay’s Paradise.
1: PewDiePie – 25,790,975
And the unchallenged champion of YouTube channels you get PewDiePie. Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg is a 25 year old Swedish YouTuber who has blitzed even the official YouTube channels.
Now I have to admit I’m not a fan of this one. Not because I think there is anything wrong with him but I just don’t quite get why he is so incredibly popular and definitely makes me suspicious. Here is one of his more popular video’s, Shrek Simulator – Shrek Goat.
So that’s our top 10 but what does it really mean in terms of income and ability to do this full time?
Well unfortunately that’s very hard to work out as they get paid on a CPM (Cost per thousand impressions) basis which are kept secret by Google. They also sell merchandise and possibly endorse products. However if you imagine a relatively low CPM of $1 then we can make some very vague guesses.
A million hit video will earn someone $1 000. So I’ve rounded up their hits and given you an income total below. Remember these are lifetime earnings excluding any merchandise or endorsement deals. Also these are based at the low end of the CPM rate. It can be up to 7 times higher.
- PewDiePie – $4,700,000
- SkyDoesMinecraft – $1,780,000
- CaptainSparklez – $1,360,000
- TheSyndicateProject – $1,210,000
- VanossGaming – $626,000 (Quite a new channel)
- TobyGames – $1,660,000
- speedyw03 – $782,600
- League of Legends – $696,100 (However they don’t seem to be moneytised)
- KSI – $782,700
- Vegetta777 – $676,000
In 11th spot you have IGN who has possibly earned $3,090,000 from their videos they upload. And then don’t forget we are in South Africa so PewDiePie has made over R47 000 000. Doing video alone.
So about that career choice you’ve made?
YouTube list of top subscribers found via vidstatsx
Last Updated: April 10, 2014