Since launching in June 2011, Twitch has become the leading video platform, rivalling YouTube for the loyalty of the video gaming community. True gamers know that if you are interested in following and learning from the greats, Twitch is the place to go. But with over two million active streamers on the site it can be a challenge to figure out who to follow.

Therefore, we have compiled a list of the most influential and skilled gamers for those of you interested in improving your skills or simply want to enjoy watching a professional kill it on one of your favorite games.

1. Tom Cassell a.k.a. Syndicate

Tom Cassell’s incredible skills on GTA V, Call of Duty and Counter-Strike are just some of the reasons why he has a following of over 2.4 million subscribers on Twitch. Otherwise known as Syndicate, he is the most followed gamer online and this can be credited to his incredible skills and the fact that he considered as a legendary gamer on the gaming site. The guy also has a massive collection of travel vlogs and updates on his day to day life available on his YouTube channel, which range from drunk adventures to incredible live stunts and experiences.

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2. Jaryd Lazar a.k.a. Summit1G

Summit1G, otherwise known as Jaryd Lazar, was a former professional Counter-Strike player who is just so good at the game that he managed to continue earning money while playing for fun. Praised by fans for his relaxed attitude on top of his great skills, he is one of the site’s most viewed Counter-Strike players and has over 1.6 million followers. You can also find a great collection of Chillstep tunes on his YouTube channel for when you become a real diehard fan.

3. Bertrand Grospellier a.k.a. ElkY

A true veteran that is worth keeping tabs on is Betrand Grospellier, better known as ElkY. In addition to winning gold medals at the French Cyber Games and one on the Euro Cyber Games, he is also a Triple Crown poker star. Despite a short hiatus he returned to the gaming scene November last year and will be continuing his career playing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft with Team Liquid where he has already begun his winning streak. In addition to having superstar status as a poker player, he is renowned for his skills on StarCraft: Brood War and Warcraft III. Make sure to subscribe to his page to stay updated on his latest ventures and victories.

4. James Varga a.k.a. Phantoml0rd

Another fantastic player, with over 1.3 million followers and counting, that we recommend you follow on Twitch is James Phantoml0rd Varga. While arguably a professional player of many different games he is best known for his awesome skills on League of Legends. This LOL star is, unfortunately, also famous for being frequently hacked and even for multiple fake police calls made by prankster fans; most of which resulted in cops visiting his home under the pretence that there was a hostage situation. Depending on your sense of humour this is either hilarious or awful, but the public attention he received from these events is what led to the incredible number of viewers and subscribers he has today.

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5. Chance Morris a.k.a. Sodapoppin

Chance Morris, also known as Chunce and Sodapoppin, was also in the public eye thanks to plenty of hackers who found it fun to mess with the pro gamer. Considered a pro gamer veteran he is best known for being great at PvP in World of Warcraft. His growth as a video gaming star began in 2013 and can be explained by something as simple as him not having a subscription button on his page. He has come a long way over the past few years with over 1.3 million followers and more than 142 million views.

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