7 Twitch Streamers to Watch If Esports Aren’t Your Thing

Joel Lee 17-09-2014

Twitch has long outgrown its eSports roots. Yes, competitive gaming events continue to draw in huge viewership numbers, but Twitch has become something bigger than itself in recent years. In addition to esports, you can find other great content like speedruns, Let’s Plays, community projects, and even live sessions of Dungeons and Dragons.


So if you don’t like esports and you’ve written off Twitch as “not for you”—even with the popularity of competitive Overwatch How Overwatch Competitive Mode Works If you're new to Overwatch, here's an introduction to Competitive Mode and how Overwatch rankings work. Read More —I implore you to reconsider. Here are some of the most entertaining Twitch streamers to watch who aren’t associated with esports in any way.



Followers: ~278,000

Towelliee is one of the 50 Most Popular Streamers on Twitch according to SocialBlade rankings. He has the kind of personality and charisma that makes him difficult to tune off, even when the game he’s playing isn’t very interesting. His banter, his anecdotes, and his confidence are the main reasons for his popularity.

He mostly plays MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, ArcheAge, and Wildstar with a heavy focus on instance runs.



Followers: ~249,000

MANvsGAME is a Twitch streamer whose channel is built on a singular premise: “to beat every game worth a damn… and even some that aren’t.” It’s the gaming adaptation of other shows like Man vs. Wild and Man vs. Food and it works surprisingly well. The built-in narrative makes it that much more compelling to watch.

This streamer began his journey way back in 2010 and you can view the list of his completed games to see just how far he’s come. The added benefit is that he’s personable and fun to watch, though he may be a bit too energetic for some.



Followers: ~220,000

itsHafu is unique on this list for two reasons: 1) she’s female, and 2) she’s an ex-competitive gamer with a respectable win record in World of Warcraft‘s Arena PvP back in 2008. She doesn’t participate in eSports anymore, but her competitive side does come through in her current games, which include Hearthstone and League of Legends.

Her stream is relaxed and community-centric, and she engages with her followers, even going as far as playing a few games with them and teaching them how to improve.



Followers: ~181,000

Most notable for his 2-year streaming challenge, in which he successfully streamed for 731 consecutive days in order to build his viewership, LethalFrag is a prime example of the Twitch success story. Through sheer dedication, he rose up from nobody status to being one of the Top 100 Most Popular Streamers on Twitch.

Despite his name, you won’t find much shooter-based fragging on his channel. Instead, he mostly plays indie games with high replayability, such as FTL, The Binding of Isaac, and Super Meat Boy.



Followers: ~168,000

DansGaming is a fun and mature streamer who engages heavily with his audience. At times he’ll just hang out without playing anything in order to relax with his followers and chat about whatever gaming topics happen to pop up.

However, most of the time, he plays a variety of single-player games like Skyrim and Diablo III; with the occasional foray into lesser-known titles like Prison Architect and Hohokum.

This is a fantastic channel to watch if you want something a bit mellower than usual without dipping into boring territory.



Followers: ~62,000

As one of the few Twitch streamers with an actual radio voice, xSmaK is a joy to watch. He has a certain calmness and maturity that most streamers lack, and that might be received as “boring” to some, but for me, that makes him one of the most watchable streamers out there.

For the most part, he plays a lot of the standalone version of DayZ, but every once in a while will delve into other games that provide him with a sense of challenge. Even if you’re like me and have never played DayZ, his stream is still worth watching for its mature atmosphere alone.



Followers: ~12,000

The other streamers on this list may dwarf OPNerd‘s follower numbers, but don’t hold that against him. He’s an upcoming figure who’s building up his fanbase one day at a time, reminiscent of what the aforementioned LethalFrag was doing just a couple of years ago. Given enough time, who knows how big he’ll end up being?

At the moment, he mainly plays Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, but there are days on his schedule that are set aside to play whatever other games he feels like playing. He plans to move onto other open-world RPGs Play It Your Way: 4 Sandbox Games That Reign Above the Rest A poorly executed sandbox game is a waste of time, but when it's done right, it can transport you to an entirely new world full of wonder, excitement, and experiences. Read More when he completes his Fallout playthroughs, so expect his channel to focus primarily on that kind of gameplay.

Bonus: BandanaRob


Followers: ~1,800

Our very own Robert Wiesehan is also a streamer on Twitch, going by the name BandanaRob. He might not be a household name yet but his playthroughs are entertaining and his viewership is steadily growing thanks to his own tips on how to build a Twitch audience Can't Get Viewers on Twitch? You're Playing the Wrong Games Trying to build an audience on Twitch feels like hosting a party that you forgot to send out invitations for. If you want to boost your traffic, consider these questions when you pick a game. Read More .

At the moment, he’s checking out the recently released Sims 4. Before that, he was playing Sims 3, Mass Effect, and Shadowrun Returns.

Who are your favorite Twitch streamers and why? Share with us in the comments below.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 at 2:27 am

    TheNoPantsBandits on twitch.

  2. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 at 2:26 am
  3. papu
    May 4, 2015 at 3:15 am

    I'd say Sky_mp3, Kaceytron, and Sodapoppin, but okay. DansGaming rubbed me the wrong way entirely.

  4. HardTymze
    December 28, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Where is Lirik in here? He's always fun to watch.

    • Joel Lee
      December 30, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      I've never seen him before now (so many channels to watch!) but I just checked out his videos and he seems pretty chill. Thanks for the heads up. I'll tune into him a bit more often. :)

  5. Sinkthegamer
    December 3, 2014 at 7:11 am

    i trust ranking the most. its reliable and nicely presented

    • Joel Lee
      December 30, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      That website is great. I like the simplicity of it and the rating system is nice (only votes in the past 2 weeks are counted). This is a good find. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Dave
    September 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I disagree with some of these, many of them have the huge "I'm a partner streamer so my shit don't stink" kind of attitude.

    Though Toweliee is a twitch legend :P, and xSmak is pretty humble and chill.

  7. Sledge Tiberius Sparrow
    September 19, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I ain't watching anyone who has a scarecam.

  8. OPNerd
    September 18, 2014 at 4:04 am

    I am both honored an humbled to be on this list. I didn't believe my viewers when they told me about this article (I troll them a bit, so naturally they troll back from time to time.)

    Thanks for the kind words!

  9. asdf
    September 18, 2014 at 2:19 am

    you don't have lirik, sodapoppin, or summit1g the 3 biggest streamers on twitch... wtf is this list

  10. Perry Masterson
    September 18, 2014 at 1:39 am

    There are also a lot of other great streamers out there with small(er) viewer numbers, but are also highly entertaining and have great personalities to boot. Case in point: Clara, the newest member of Towelliee's The Hammer Squad: :)

    She's intelligent, beautiful, uber talented, very funny, loves both new and retro games, & is a heck of a good person, too. Check her out, folks! <3

  11. Josh W
    September 18, 2014 at 1:09 am

    How interesting. You bring up speedrunners as an alternative to esports, and then don't list any speedrunners. Not only do you have giants like Cosmo Wright, Siglemic, and Caleb Hart, but we could also add Sinsterwon, Darkwing Duck, Andrew G, Moltov, DK28, SpikeVegeta, as well as the regular shows like The Sunday Sequence Break and The Final Split. I'm sure there are plenty of other great speedrunning streams I'm missing, but that should be a good start.

  12. Yolo
    September 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I would swap out Hafu for Lirik since her channel revoles around e-sports.

  13. Xhsea
    September 17, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Uhm, sorry to correct you, but Hafu is still playing competitive Hearthstone....

  14. Saturday S
    September 17, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I want to know if there are other channel sites, like, that give you a directory of other types of gamers. Story gamers, glitch hunters, testers, etc.

    • Joel L
      September 25, 2014 at 12:25 am

      I don't know of any off the top of my head but those kinds of sites could be very useful. If anything, you might be able to find relevants subreddits rather than full sites.

  15. Switchblade S
    September 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Call this a shameless plug, but may I do suggest if you wanna watch classic Command and Conquer RTS games and mods of those games streamed on Twitch, then follow Hecthor Doomhammer(