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With the growing sentiment toward authenticity and immediate content, live streamers have become internet leaders. When people think of streaming their minds usually go to gaming. However, while gaming is a huge part of the content, streaming has evolved to so much more.
What is live streaming?
Live streaming is the method of data transmission used when someone watches video on the Internet. It is a way to deliver a video file a little bit at a time, often from a remote storage location. By transmitting a few seconds of the file at a time over the internet, client devices do not have to download the entire video before starting to play it.
Live streaming is when the streamed video is sent over the Internet in real-time, without first being recorded and stored. Today, TV broadcasts, video game streams, and social media video can all be live-streamed.
Think about the difference between regular streaming and live streaming as the difference between an actor reciting a memorized monologue and improvising a speech. In the former, the content is created beforehand, stored, and then relayed to the audience. In the latter, the audience receives the content in the same moment that the actor creates it – just like in live streaming.
The term live streaming usually refers to broadcast live streams: one-to-many connections that go out to multiple users at once. Videoconferencing technologies like Skype, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts Meet work on real-time communication (RTC) protocols rather than the protocols used by one-to-many live stream broadcasts.
Now for the countdown of the top 10 live streamers:
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Ninja is one of the top live streamers in the world. He gained his popularity playing Fortnite and since then has gained sponsors like Redbull, continued his gaming career, and made millions of dollars along the way. Ninja has also set multiple streaming records and has been making waves since he started.
SLAKUN10 is considered another one of the top live streamers who devotes his skills to a number of games including FIFA, Grand Theft auto, and Among Us to name a few. He has gained a diverse following of gamers from across the board. In addition to streaming, he is also an active player from FC Barcelona and the Argentinian national team. Truly a man of many talents.
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Michael Grzesiek, better known as Shroud (formerly mEclipse), is a Canadian live streamer, YouTuber, and former professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. He is known for playing a first-person shooter and battle royale games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Apex Legends, Escape from Tarkov, Valorant, and more. Grzesiek is often recognized as one of the best “aimers”. As of April 2021, his Twitch channel has reached over 9 million followers, ranking as the third most-followed channel on the platform, and his YouTube channel has over 6.77 million subscribers.
Félix Lengyel, better known online as xQcOW (or simply xQc), is a Canadian Twitch streamer, YouTuber, and competitive gamer on Overwatch. Félix is known for playing as a tank for Team Canada in the Overwatch World Cup and has also played other games such as League of Legends and Starcraft. He is best known for his live streams on Twitch.
The 30-year-old variety streamer has made a name for himself playing everything from Overwatch to World of Warcraft to Call of Duty: Warzone, but his popularity really exploded during the Fortnite boom in 2018, establishing himself as one of the go-to streamers for watching the battle royale on Twitch along with the likes of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani.
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Nicholas Kolcheff, better known as Nickmercs, is an American Twitch streamer, YouTuber, and Co-Owner for FaZe Clan who plays Fortnite: Battle Royale and Call of Duty: Warzone. Kolcheff is from Detroit, Michigan. He first built his name as a Gears of War professional in the late 2000s. He also played Halo professionally. During this time he had multiple confrontations with Ninja due to trash talking.
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Referred to as the ‘Bob Ross of keyboard making,’ Tae Ha Kim builds mechanical keyboards live. His stream takes a laid-back approach, where he questions his decisions and asks viewers to help him solve some of the random problems that pop up while he builds top-of-the-line mechanical keyboards.
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CNOTBUSCH is a self-taught traditional sculptor who found a career in live streaming while sculpting on Twitch.tv/cnotbusch. He has been doing so since 2011!
You may be wondering: What sets him apart from other traditional artists? The answer is he offers his clients a unique opportunity to contribute directly to the creation process as all his work is streamed live! You, along with his audience, are encouraged to interact with him while he works and view the entire process from start to finish.
— Lost In House (@Lost_In_House) June 11, 2020
Lost_in_House takes a unique approach to her streaming channel, she likes to make techno music with her two cats and invites other artists to come to her music studio to perform for her followers. She truly does her channel for the love of it and it shows.
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Now there’s new cooking talent out there. These new host-at-home shows are translating pretty well on Twitch, probably because cooking can often have unexpected explorations. In many ways, its raw capture on video mixes very well with raw ingredients. Hungry is a good way to start to dip your toes into this genre, which includes ‘A Taste of History’ and Pati’s Mexican Table. The soft lighting and elegantly explained meals will inspire you to bring the stream into your kitchen, or at least make you hungrier while you wait on that Uber Eats.
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