With the age of social media pushing on, it seems as though the world is more connected than ever. Now due to celebrities having so many more platforms upon which to reach their fans, there has never been a better inside look into their everyday lives.
As we’ve seen in recent years, one of the popular hobbies among celebrities, and athletes, in particular, is gaming. After all, they’re humans just like the rest of us.
Gaming is a great hobby for many of these athletes, as their downtime is crucial for recovery between training sessions and different competitions. And now we’re starting to see more and more of them streaming their gaming time on Twitch.
US athletes streaming on Twitch
Another important factor to consider with athletes streaming on Twitch is the financial perspective. Twitch allows for channels to be monetized based on subscribers and viewership, and many popular streamers work out sponsorship deals as well.
Many of these athletes are businessmen/women, and it’s beneficial for their brand to be on multiple fronts, generating multiple sources of income.
Without further ado, here are some of the top US athletes who stream on Twitch.
LeBron “Bronny” James Jr
(Picture: FaZe Clan)
The son of quite possibly the greatest athlete on the face of the earth, LeBron James Jr. or “Bronny” as he goes by, has recently blown up in the Twitch world. Mainly streaming NBA 2k and COD Warzone, his channel surged in popularity throughout the pandemic, particularly during the NBA’s hiatus.
So much so, that he has recently penned a deal to join professional gaming group FaZe Clan. While he’s still only 16 years old, Bronny is a basketball phenom, and many think he has a chance to join his father in the NBA in just a few short years.
Max “Blessed” Holloway
One of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world today, it’s safe to say that the Blessed-Era has officially arrived. Max Holloway is already a multi-time UFC Champion, and seemingly only just entering his prime.
Streaming from the beautiful islands of Hawai’i, Max is a very popular COD Warzone streamer. In fact, last year he had a legendary moment that went viral when he shot a helicopter out of the air with a rocket launcher. The best is yet to come for Blessed, both in the octagon and on the sticks.
“Sugar” Sean O’Malley
Another UFC fighter whose fame continues to rise both in the cage and on Twitch, bantamweight contender Sean O’Malley is a gaming stream veteran. Similar to Max Holloway, he’s an active COD Warzone and Fortnite streamer, as well as jumping online just to chat with his fans.
O’Malley is a unique and colourful personality, in every sense of the word. His individuality has helped create a massive cult following which has helped his Twitch business ventures massively. He’s talked about how much he enjoys Twitch and that it allows him to generate additional income, ensuring he can be zeroed in on his quest for UFC gold.
One of the most polarizing players in the NFL, Smith-Schuster has seen his fame grow exponentially over the last year, for reasons both good and bad. His questionable pregame Tik Tok dances became the subject of discussion around the league during last season. However, you can’t question his ability to capitalize on the spotlight, as he’s parlayed that notoriety into 257k Twitch followers.
Juju is a massive Fortnite streamer and developed a friendship with Ninja, when the streamer was at the top of the Fortnite world. Smith-Schuster also plays COD Warzone when he’s not catching passes on Sundays for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Devin Booker is quite literally lightning in a bottle. At just 20 years old he scored 71 points in an NBA, setting multiple all-time records. Four years later he’s grown even further to a full-fledged NBA superstar, and the centrepiece of a revitalized Phoenix Suns team.
D-Book is one of the NBA stars who capitalized on the pandemic break during last season. In fact, it was during a famous Twitch stream when he first received word that the season was being suspended. Book has since sharpened his Warzone skills and has seen his Twitch followers total rise to 181k.
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There’s no doubt that athletes are gaining momentum in the world of streaming and content creation. And with more and more successfully streaming on Twitch, the movement should only push on further. Perhaps we’ll even see more athletes take their talents to competitive gaming.