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Ninja and PewDiePie top the list of gamers by income

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Forbes has released what it thinks are the top ten highest-earning gaming content creators from 2019, featuring star streamers such as Ninja, Shroud, PewDiePie, and Markiplier.

Interestingly, despite not being a full-time gaming-content creator, PewDiePie still managed to get a place in the top ten list of gaming-only content creators.

Over time, gaming has turned out to be a highly lucrative career path, with the combined earnings of the top ten gamers in 2019 amounting up to $121 million.

The sum includes money made through content creation, partnerships, and sponsorships.

The top ten list released by Forbes on January 29 featured six YouTubers and four streamers.

Moreover, Forbes featured the names of influencers only, as it decided to exclude the names of pro-gamers who don’t work as influencers.

It can also be understood that Forbes chose to go with a very broad definition of gamers, considering the fact that YouTube icons such as Markiplier and PewDiePie, whose channels don’t feature gaming content heavily have made it on the list.

Here’s the list of top-ten most earning gamers, as published by Forbes

  1. Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins – $17 million
  2. Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg – $15 million
  3. Preston ‘Preston’ Arsement – $14 million
  4. Mark ‘Markiplier’ Fischback – $14 million
  5. Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek – $12.5 million
  6. Daniel ‘DanTDM’ Middleton – $12 million
  7. Evan ‘VanossGaming’ Fong – $11.5 million
  8. Sean ‘Jacksepticeye’ McLouglin – $11 million
  9. Timothy ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar – $8 million
  10. Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff – $6 million

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has managed to top the list as a result of his multiple sponsorships with top brands such as Adidas, Red Bull, underwear brand PSD, and also sealed a deal with Microsoft for migrating from Twitch to Mixer.

Furthermore, Ninja also starred in an NFL Super Bowl commercial and got his own skin in Fornite.

Shroud, much like Ninja, has moved to Mixer from Twitch in 2019.

Once a former CS:GO pro player, Shroud now enjoys the status of one of the talented gamers in the world.

Considering the monetary compensations enjoyed by the top gamers in the previous year, 2020 looks even more promising.

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