There is no game in esports that can rival League of Legends in popularity. The game has 100 million monthly players. Its star players, in turn, have the same type of major global following you’d expect any sports celebrity to have. And there’s one place they all gather: Twitch.
In fact, forget esports for a second. The game’s top streamers are among the world’s most popular gaming entertainers. Never heard of an Imaqtpie (“I’m a cutie-pie”) or a Tyler1? Well, that’s what we’re here for. It’s time to get to know the top League streamers on Twitch.
For the purpose of this list, we have mainly focused on streamers who play League of Legends as their only game, or as their main focus.
Tyler “Tyler1” Steinkamp has had a long, bumpy streaming career. But now he’s the most popular League personality on the Twitch platform, bar none.
His fame was jump-started through his toxicity and in-game antics, and not a game would go by in 2015 or 2016 that Tyler1 wouldn’t flame his own team or run it down mid. He was banned “indefinitely” in the spring of 2016 for this behavior, which only served to further skyrocket his notoriety.
Following months of reformed behavior, largely silent social media accounts, and a Riot staffer saying very unsavory things about him, Tyler1 was unbanned at the very beginning of 2018. Since then, he’s commanded the highest concurrent viewer numbers of any other League streamer, surpassing even Imaqtpie. He also serves as perhaps the only “personality” streamer of this particular game.
He’s traded in his outright toxicity and trolling—mostly—for good old fashioned trash talk. But he’s just as loud and angry as he was before his ban, and that’s typically what his fans come to witness.
Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana spent over three years as the AD carry for Team Dignitas before taking his leave from the NA LCS. At his peak, Imaqtpie was considered to be among the best at his position in North America, and along with Alan “Kiwikid” Nguyen formed one of the most well known bottom lane duos in the game.
But it’s Imaqtpie’s personality that has defined his place in the scene and sparked his immense popularity as a streamer—he has more than 2,200,000 followers on Twitch. Eternally laid back and unapologetic, Imaqtpie’s affinity for the finest memes and such paraphernalia as the appropriately named pet “Small Cat” only serve to further endear him to the tens of thousands who watch his daily streams live.
Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi is Cloud9’s long-time starting AD carry, and one of the North American League community’s all-time favorite personalities.
Well-known for his adoration of all things memes and anime, Sneaky has embraced the same culture as his viewers and subscribers—and they love him all the more for it. Unlike a few other streamers on this list it isn’t like Sneaky to put his emotions on display, and he almost never shows anger toward any games he plays, even those he loses drastically.
Sneaky’s channel is purely built on feel-good streams. He approaches every situation with dry humor, a chuckle, and the occasional impressive cosplay for his fans.
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok set records on his first day of streaming and has since become a regular streamer. He follows a set schedule, offering the world a glimpse into how the best player on the planet plays.
In his early days, the stream was staged to give viewers an English translation. Now though, Lee talks and plays in his native Korean with English subtitles being later on the players YouTube channel
Shiphtur AKA Chapanya
“Welcome to the kitchen!” is what Danny “Shiphtur” Le says each time he earns a new subscriber, and the phrase couldn’t be more accurate. Shiphtur’s stream is possibly the only League-cooking hybrid show in the entirety of the game’s directory on Twitch.
Shiphtur doesn’t actually cook all that often on his channel. He does cook occasionally, typically once or twice a week, but normally his stream consists of watching cooking and food shows on YouTube with his viewers in between Challenger solo queue games.
Shiphtur most famously played for Team Dignitas during the org’s NA LCS days, starting in 2014. He played alongside other famous League personalities including Imaqtpie, William “scarra” Li, and CLG top laner Darshan Upadhyaya. After his release from the roster in 2016, he began his streaming career, and he’s gained most of his popularity since then.
He became especially popular after joining Echo Fox’s Challenger team, Delta Fox, in 2017 with Imaqtpie, scarra, Marcus “Dyrus” Hill, and Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahani, who were all some of the game’s most popular streamers at the time.
Another former pro player, Voyboy has picked up streaming full-time in the absence of a competitive career. If you visit Voyboy’s daily stream, be prepared to witness his arsenal of weird picks, like top lane Kai’Sa, Vayne, Lee Sin, or any of his popular off-meta champs like Viktor and Yasuo that he frequently uses in top-level solo queue.
In between games Voyboy often boots up other one-player games to test his skill, like Hollow Knight and Hob which his fans have grown to love too.
Voyboy, the kid wonder as his community calls him, was also among the handful of popular League streamers chosen to join Delta Fox in 2017. But his fanbase was already largely built-up beforehand, and the hype of the team didn’t do quite as much for his channel as it did for Shiphtur.