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Who’s Going to Win The Esports Streamer of The Year Award 2024?

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Streamer of the Year 2024

Esports Awards is celebrating 9 years of “showcasing top class performance and innovation.” With the release of the nominees for the “Streamer of the Year award”, there is much anticipation as to which entertaining individual is going to come out on top. It has been quite the year for live content, and with the rise of social medias implementation of live streaming, it has not only become more accessible, but more mainstream. There are a number of people many would consider “rookies” stepping into the ring being nominated alongside big contenders that have not only been nominated in years prior, but some have won this very award before. This article encapsulates our analysis of why each streamer nominated could win, as well as some background on who they are and what they do that entertains millions across the world.


Nicholas “Jynxzi” Stewart

Jynzxi began streaming in January of 2019. To gain more traction, he started posting content to YouTube, gaining popularity in the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege community. Mainly, by posting his clips to TikTok, he garnered viewers into his livestreams. Known for his high energy, funny moments, and playful banter, it wasn’t long before Jynxzi became the source of entertainment for millions. Just this year in 2024 he was nominated for and won two of The Streamer Awards in the categories “Best Breakthrough Streamer” and “Gamer of the Year”. With almost 6 million followers, 4 million subscribers, and 1 billion views, Jynxzi has the accolades to be nominated for Esports Awards “Streamer of the Year”.


Kai Cenat

In 2018, Kai Cenat posted his first video onto his YouTube channel which contained pranks and viral challenges. He then became part of a YouTube content creation group called AMP (Any Means Possible). This was after being noticed by popular youtuber, Fanum and making some regular appearances in his videos. It wasn't until 2021 when Kai Cenat began streaming on Twitch, hosting reaction and gaming content. Over the years, Kai Cenat accumulated an extravagant circle of celebrities to go live with him. See here for more about the star-studded guests Kai Cenat has welcomed with him on stream. It wasn’t long until Kai Cenat became the most subscribed streamer on Twitch of all time, reaching over 300,000 subscribers at his peak following a subathon that lasted a month at the end of January 2023. One month after that, in March 2023, Kai Cenat won “Streamer of the Year” at the Esports Awards. With over 11 million followers, 5 million subscribers on YouTube, and hundreds of millions of views, Kai Cenat has proven himself a major contender for the 2024 Esports Awards “Streamer of the Year”.


Ibai “Ibai” Llanos

At the age of nineteen, in 2014, Ibai began commentating League of Legends Esports matches. Then years later, after being a content creator on the G2 Esports team, Ibai co-founded an Esports team called KOI in 2021. In the following summer of 2022, Ibai set the record for most viewed Twitch stream ever with more than 3.3 million viewers. This will be the 5th year in a row that Ibai will be nominated for Esports Awards “Streamer of the Year”, after a 3-peat in the category for the years 2020 through 2022, Ibai is still a major player in the game for Esports Awards “Streamer of the Year”. Last year, he won the 13th Streamy Awards “Streamer of the Year - International” award. With 15.5 million followers on Twitch he is the 3rd most followed streamer. Receiving numerous nominations year after year, Ibai is proving he remains at the top.


Cody “Clix” Conrod

Early on in life, Clix was drawn to video games. At the release of Fortnite, Clix made a deal with his dad that stated if he were to buy him a PC, he would then pay him back. Within weeks, Clix was averaging up to 100 viewers on his streams. His early success is also owed to his YouTube as his channel where he was posting highlights, build fights in Fortnite, scrims, and montages was also gaining momentum. While working with gaming team, Misfits Gaming, Clix qualified for the Fortnite World Cup five times. His presence there raised his popularity from an average of about 130 viewers to 8,000 viewers. At a current stance of more than 7.5 million followers, and a dominating global presence, it is clear why Clix should be considered for this award.

Darren “iShowSpeed” Watkins Jr.

Beginning his creative journey in 2016 on YouTube, iShowSpeed garnered a reputation from posting variety-type gaming content. In 2021 he gained online attention due to his high energy and banter with other players by posting clips on TikTok. To show just how quickly he became popular, in April of 2021, iShowSpeed had accumulated 100,000 subscribers on YouTube. After a couple months, in June 2021 he soon hit 1 million subscribers. One year later in July of 2022, he is at 10 million subscribers. Then a year later he will double it and be at 20 million subscribers on YouTube in August of 2023. Now, he has shifted to sports related content which led him to meet high-class athletes and celebrities like Christiano Ronaldo and Lil Nas X. In December 2022, iShowSpeed won the Streamy Award in the “Breakout Streamer” category at the 12th Streamy Awards. Known for his variety streams, he also won the “Variety Streamer” award at the Streamy Awards just last year. With now 25 million subscribers and over 2 billion views on YouTube, iShowSpeed proves he is a considerable contender for “Streamer of the Year”.



Case “CaseOh” Baker

Growing up, CaseOh had developed an interest in video games, thus leading to much of his leisure time being spent playing online games like Call of Duty and NBA 2K. Viral moments led to a boost in popularity on social medias like TikTok, YouTube, and Twitch. Upon his rise in viewership, he decided to add more variety to his streams by playing different games like Roblox, and Five Nights At Freddy’s. Lately, his content is mainly horror games, which leads to lots of clips and highlights from his Twitch streams to post to YouTube and TikTok. CaseOh became a Twitch partner in November of 2022 and livestreams daily. Just this year he was nominated for multiple awards at the Streamer Awards 2024, including “Streamer of the Year”, “Breakthrough Streamer”, and “Variety Streamer”. CaseOh then won the award for Best “Variety Streamer”. A rise to notoriety is definite for CaseOh as he has grown to have millions of followers across Twitch and YouTube, building camaraderie with his viewers, showing why he could possibly be the winner of this years “Streamer of the Year”.


Félix “xQc” Lengyel

Félix also known as xQc began gaining recognition as a professional Overwatch player, competing in Esports league tournaments with the team Dallas Fuel. However, he was released from the team halfway through the season. Aside from additional Overwatch World Cup appearances for Team Canada from 2017 to 2019, xQc would then leave competitive Overwatch to focus full-time on Twitch streaming. During this time, he was a content creator for several esports organizations. This helped him obtain a large and loyal fanbase, granting him high viewership well into his career. For three consecutive years xQc was the most-watched streamer on Twitch, from 2020 through 2022. Shortly after, in the summer of 2023 xQc signed a two-year, non-exclusive $100 million dollar deal to switch platforms and stream on Kick. This was potentially one of the largest deals in entertainment history. Last year xQc finished as Twitch’s 4th most watched streamer raking in almost 90 million hours viewed. With numerous nominations over the past 9 years, this is the 4th time xQc has been nominated for Esports Awards “Streamer of the Year” alone. At The Streamer Awards in 2023, he won the award for “Best Variety Streamer”.


Marc “Caedrel” Lamont

A prominent figure in the esports and livestreaming community, known for his expertise in the game League of Legends, is Caedrel. He began his career as a professional player, competing in top-tier leagues, before transitioning to a role as a color commentator and analyst. Caedrel's insightful commentary and engaging personality have earned him a substantial following on platforms like Twitch, where he regularly streams gameplay, provides educational content, and interacts with fans. His deep understanding of the game, combined with his entertaining style, has solidified his reputation as a respected and influential figure in the esports and gaming world. As it stands, Caedrel is one of the top streamers on Twitch and just last year in 2023, Caedrel was the biggest UK streamer. With an engaging personality, and a loyal community, he shows why he has been nominated for the Esports Awards “Streamer of the Year”.


Victor “Coringa” Augusto

Victor "Coringa" Augusto is a well-known livestreamer and content creator in the Brazilian gaming community, renowned for his dynamic presence and skill in games like Garena Free Fire. Coringa rose to fame through his engaging streams on platforms like YouTube and Twitch, where he showcases high-level gameplay, participates in competitive events, and entertains his audience with his charismatic personality. His dedication to producing quality content and his ability to connect with fans have earned him a large and loyal following. Coringa's influence extends beyond gaming, as he often collaborates with other content creators and participates in various entertainment projects, further solidifying his status as a prominent figure in the gaming world.


Alexandre “Gaules” Chiqueta

Alexandre "Gaules" Borba Chiqueta has carved a significant niche in the gaming and livestreaming world, becoming one of Brazil's most influential esports personalities. Starting as a professional Counter-Strike player and coach, Gaules transitioned into streaming, where he quickly gained a massive following. His live streams are renowned for their energetic commentary, deep game knowledge, and engaging community interactions. Gaules has not only entertained millions but also created a supportive environment for fans and aspiring gamers alike. His influence extends beyond streaming; as the CEO of Brazil Gaming League, he has played a pivotal role in shaping the Brazilian esports scene, fostering growth and providing platforms for emerging talent. His journey from a professional player to a beloved streamer and industry leader highlights his enduring passion and commitment to the gaming community.


Samy “Rivers” Treviño

Samantha "Rivers" Trevino, widely known as Samy Rivers, has established herself as a prominent figure in the live streaming and video game community. Her career began to gain traction with her engaging content on platforms such as Twitch, where she quickly amassed a large following due to her charismatic personality and skilled gameplay. Samy Rivers is celebrated not only for her proficiency in a variety of games but also for her ability to connect with her audience, creating an inclusive and entertaining environment. Her versatility is evident as she navigates through multiple game genres, maintaining high levels of engagement and interaction with her fans. In addition to her live streaming success, she has expanded her influence to YouTube, where she shares highlights, tutorials, and personal vlogs, further solidifying her presence in the gaming world. Samy's dedication and passion for gaming, combined with her interactive style, have made her a beloved figure in the online gaming community, earning her a loyal fanbase and significant recognition in the industry.


Conclusion

In conclusion, the nominees for the 2024 Esports Awards "Streamer of the Year" represent a diverse and dynamic group of content creators who have significantly impacted the esports and gaming community. Their nominations reflect their exceptional ability to engage audiences, innovate within their streams, and contribute to the growth of the esports industry. This year's finalists showcase a range of streaming styles, from high-energy entertainment to educational content, each bringing a unique flavor to the esports landscape. As we anticipate the announcement of the winner, it is evident that these streamers not only entertain but also inspire and foster a sense of community among their viewers. The 2024 Esports Awards continues to highlight the importance of streamers in the digital age, celebrating their achievements and recognizing their contributions to the ever-evolving world of esports.


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