Gaming streamers have become a new shining armour for the Indian gaming industry. For the novices, gaming streamers play various games live for their viewers or record their games with fun commentary and upload them on YouTube. Viewers get to understand the gamer’s perspective while making certain moves and decode his/her strategies for dealing with different situations in the game. This has become so popular that gaming streamers have millions of subscribers who eagerly wait for their next match. Gaming brands leverage this frenzy to drive a higher audience towards their gaming products. They sponsor the streamer’s videos in return for endorsement and promotion. This has also become a great source of income for the streamers. More and more gaming streamers are cropping up every day to showcase their gaming skills and earn a fan base. Here’s a list of the most popular Indian streamers on YouTube that you need to follow in 2022.
Total Gaming (32.2M subscribers):
Ajay (commonly called “Ajjubhai”), started this channel in October 2018 when he uploaded videos of the popular ‘Garena Free Fire’ game played on PC. Later in 2020, he expanded his channel to live-stream ‘Grand Theft Auto (GTA) 5’ and then slowly entered the space of various games like ‘Spiderman’ & ‘Incredible Hulk’. An interesting fact is that he hasn’t revealed his face or identity to his viewers yet. Apart from being a YouTuber, he is also a software engineer and freelancer by profession.
MortaL (7.04M subscribers):
Naman Mathur, also known as Soul Mortal started this channel by playing international PC games like ‘GTA San Andreas’, ‘Counter-Strike’, ‘Mini Militia’, etc. He gained popularity by uploading mobile gaming videos of the game ‘PUBG’. There was particularly one video related to PUBG that garnered more than 14M views and shot him to fame. He founded the Indian ‘BGMI (Battleground Mobile India)’ team, SouL which participates in various national Esports competitions.
Gyan Gaming (14.1M subscribers):
Sujan Mistri, known as Gyan Sujan is the name behind this YouTube channel launched in 2017. He is known for playing ‘Garena Free Fire’ matches while giving live Hindi commentary. He has more than 2000 videos on his channel and his viewership is estimated to be around 1.95 billion. He is known to have played around 20,000 squad matches with a win percentage of around 35%.
Dynamo Gaming (10M subscribers):
Aditya Deepak Sawant launched this YouTube channel in 2010 with games like ‘Data 2’, ‘GTA 5’, ‘Battlefields’ & ‘Apex Legends’. He later completely shifted to ‘PUBG’ when he posted ‘PUBG Mobile’ videos that became viral. After the ban of PUBG in India, he shifted to ‘Call of Duty: Mobile’. He also has an online store named ‘Hydra Clan’ where he sells merchandise related to his gaming. From playing in an internet café to becoming one of the most popular gaming streamers, Aditya has come a long way.
Sc0ut (4.41M subscribers):
Tanmay Singh, the name behind Sc0ut, started this channel in 2018. He is considered to be one of the first ones to stream ‘PUBG’ videos in India and hence, responsible for popularising the game in the country. He created India’s first PUBG clan named ‘Team Fnatic’. Apart from gaming videos, he also gives his audience a glimpse into his life by uploading vlogs and lifestyle videos.
Live Insaan (8.94M subscribers):
Nishchay Malhan, the host of this channel started his YouTube journey from a different channel named ‘Triggered Insaan’ where he created roasting and reaction videos on Bollywood and the Indian entertainment Industry. He is an engineering graduate who left his job to pursue YouTube full time. He later created a separate channel by the name of ‘Live Insaan’ where he posted live streams of games like ‘GTA 5’, ‘Minecraft’, ‘Among Us’, ‘Valorant’, ‘Granny’, etc.
Jonathan Gaming (4.14M subscribers):
This channel is hosted by Jonathan Amaral who is known for his hacker-like style of gaming even if he doesn’t use many hacks. He is popular for his ‘PUBGMobile’ matches and currently plays for GodLike Esports. After the ban of PUBG in India, he shifted to streaming ‘BGMI’ regularly. He also occasionally enjoys playing ‘Valorant’. Apart from live streaming videos, he also uploads funny highlights, gaming tutorials and vlogs. He was awarded the title of MVP of TSM-Entity Gaming in PMCO 2019 (PUBG Mobile Club Open).
Two Side Gamers (10.3M subscribers):
This channel is managed by two cousins, Ritik Jain & Jash Dhoka, and is India’s first duo gaming channel. During the initial days of their channel, they uploaded videos of ‘Clash of Clans’ and later shifted to ‘Garena Free Fire’. They live-stream the latter game every single day on their channel. They have also represented India at the Esports Free Fire Champions Cup Tournament organized by Garena Free Fire Asia in both Thailand and Indonesia in 2019.
Mythpat (11.8M subscribers):
Mithilesh Patankar is the face behind this channel who live streams various games in a fun and comedic manner. He started with games like ‘GTA 5’ and ‘PUBG’, then later tried out other games like ‘Minecraft’, ‘Among Us’ & ‘Granny’. After building an aura of curiosity around his identity, he finally revealed his face in 2019 and hit 1M subscribers a few months later in 2020. Apart from gaming videos, he also creates podcasts, prank videos, reaction videos, and funny skits.
Techno Gamerz (26M subscribers):
This gaming channel was started by Ujjwal Chaurasia in 2017 when he initially posted gaming tutorial videos. One of his tutorials for Dragon Ball Z became viral and initiated his popularity. He later created another channel named ‘Ujjwal’ where he posted ‘PUBG’ and ‘GTA’ videos. Apart from these, he also plays ‘Minecraft’, ‘Call of Duty’, ‘Ranch Simulator’, and horror games like ‘Evil Nun’ and ‘Granny’.
GamerFleet (2.05M subscribers):
This channel is operated by Anshu Bisht, who started his YouTube career in 2017. Ever since this streamer hasn’t slowed down and now caters to millions of viewers. He reached his first million subscribers in July 2021. Initially, he played games like ‘Battlefield 1’, ‘Batman’ and later moved on to ‘Minecraft’. Apart from this, he has three other channels, one of which is dedicated to vlogs, one to ‘Minecraft’ and another to shorts and highlights of his live streams.
So these were some of the top gaming streamers of the country who have created and monopolized a whole new industry. With a supportive young audience and relentless hard work, all of them have reached millions of subscribers in a short period of time. They have created a craze around gaming and built a community of loyal gamers. Many gaming companies have tapped into their subscriber base to promote new games and updates. This has also helped these streamers earn handsomely while doing what they love the most.