The Emergence of Black Streamers and Gamers

The Emergence of Black Streamers and Gamers – Blerd 2024

In today’s digital era, where screens reign supreme, one form of entertainment has transcended expectations, rivaling even the dominance of television. Video games have catapulted into the spotlight, establishing themselves as a cultural powerhouse, second only to the pervasive influence of TV. Surpassing the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s box office, the gaming industry now stands as a titan, boasting revenue that surpasses the combined might of the movie and music industries

Virtually every year, more and more people are playing games and watching others play video games. The streaming industry – encompassed mostly on Amazon’s Twitch, Google’s YouTube Gaming, Meta’s Facebook Gaming, and newcomer Kick – is ever-expanding.  But what propels this unparalleled ascent, and who are the innovators shaping this landscape? Delve into the heart of gaming culture with us as we explore the dynamic world of Black streamers, where skill meets storytelling, and diversity thrives at every turn.

Notable Pioneers in Streaming

YouTube and Facebook entered the dedicated video game streaming space in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Years earlier, Twitch launched in 2011. To this day, Twitch remains the most recognizable video game streaming platform with over 30 million visitors daily

In the early days of video game streaming, Black Streamers faced unique challenges as they navigated a predominantly white industry. However, despite these obstacles, several still-active streamers blazed trails and garnered loyal followings.

Aphromoo

Aphromoo

Getting his start in the same year of Twitch’s inception, Zaqueri Black, known as Aphromoo, is a former professional League of Legends player. During his active years, his team performed very well, seizing 1st place in 2015 and 2016 at two North American League of Legions Championship Series splits. Since his retirement in 2022, he has continued to operate as a variety streamer primarily still playing LoL for his 750 thousand followers. 

Nmplol

Nmplol

Nick “Nmplol” Polom began his streaming career at the formation of Twitch in 2011. Alongside streaming, he also produced gaming videos from titles including World of Warcraft, CounterStrike: Go, and Hearthstone. After linking up with other content creators, Nmplol announced he was joining One True King media company as a co-owner. Between Twitch and YouTube, Nmplol has amassed well over 1 million total followers and subscribers.

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Tanya DePass is a streamer, media member, and activist. Her Twitch account was created in 2013. Since then she has founded a non-profit organization called I Need Diverse Games in 2016. The aptly named organization was conceived from Tanya’s response to Ubisoft publicly claiming that animating female characters would not be feasible. When Cypheroftyr isn’t fighting for equality and inclusion in games, she is still an active variety streamer for her nearly 25 thousand followers. 

Mega Stars

While the video game streaming industry has yet to mature to 15 years, there have been a handful of ultra-successful streamers of color. These individuals and groups have crossed over and either collaborated or competed with the most popular streamers ever.

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CoryxKenshin

Cory DeVante Williams, who goes by CoryxKenshin, is one of the most popular gaming content creators. Cory has been creating gaming videos since 2009 when he first joined YouTube. While he has experimented with streams sporadically, Cory’s genius comes from his edited videos. These videos allow him to flex both his creative and comedic prowess while also promoting healthy lifestyle. Cory has made a handful of videos emphasizing the importance of mental health.

Despite CoryxKenshin not adhering to a predictable posting schedule, he has almost 18 million subscribers on YouTube! He’s been making videos for well over a decade. Cory remains a strong influence in the streaming and gaming space.

Myth streamer

Myth

Known simply as Myth in the gaming and streaming universe, Ali Kabbani lives up to his moniker. Currently operating as a variety streamer focused mainly on first-person shooters on YouTube, Myth made a name for himself as one of the top Fortnite streamers back in the game’s early days. In fact, between 2018 and 2019, Myth’s following grew to well over 3 million, only 2-3 years after he began streaming. 


Around the same time, Myth joined Team SoloMid (TSM) and led a team consisting of “Daequan” Loco, Darryle “Hamlinz” Hamlin, and Juan “CaMiLLs” Camilla. The TSM Fortnite team mixed comedic streams with skillful gameplay. Myth’s fame earned him entry into high-level tournaments and appearances with other extremely popular streamers such as Ninja and Pokimane. 

As the gaming landscape changed, Myth eventually migrated from Twitch to YouTube. Despite his last stream on Twitch occurring in July 2022, his following sits at 7.3 million. Now exclusively streaming on YouTube, Myth has already amassed 4.5 million subscribers. 

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RDCWorld

RDCWorld is a group of gamers and content creators striving to live what they stand for – Real Dreamers Change the World. They have a strong presence on Twitch and YouTube – a gaming channel and skit channel. Across these channels, they have over 9 million followers, with millions more across their group and individual social media pages.  


Cousins, Mark, and Leland founded RDC with a few friends in 2011. Since then the group has built their following from streaming games, filming skits, and producing short films like Video Game House and Anime House. Their skits often parody real-life events and have even garnered attention from Lebron James. Additionally, in hopes of connecting gamers, streamers, content creators, fans of anime, and nerds of all genders, shapes, and colors, RDCWorld holds DreamCon

When they aren’t putting on massive productions, the members of RDCWorld are gamers at heart. Tuning into their streams, you’ll see them playing various games where their competitive nature is only outshined by their humor. 

Kai Cenat

Kai Cenat

By the time this article is published, Kai Cenat will have amassed over 9 million followers on Twitch. This achievement is remarkable on its own, but it becomes even more impressive when you realize that he only created his account in February 2021. Originally, Kai started his content creation career on YouTube in 2018. Since switching over to Twitch, Kai’s streams have transcended variety gaming. His streams have hosted a who’s who of celebrities ranging from Ice Spice and 21 Savage to Offset and Nicki Minaj

His second-to-none energy, humor, and creativity have allowed him to spin setbacks into growth opportunities. In August 2023, Kai announced a giveaway in Union Square, Manhattan, NYC. Thousands were drawn to the location hoping to meet the star streamer and participate in the giveaway. Unfortunately, the gathering was deemed an unlawful assembly and riot. Kai was subsequently arrested as the primary perpetrator. 

After apologizing and clearing the air, Kai, his streaming group, Any Means Possible (AMP), and a few other notable influencers conducted a 7-day jail stream. In this mock jail, the streamer worked out, danced, played video games, and otherwise hung out before being “bailed out” by online personality and philanthropist, Mr. Beast. Unsurprisingly, this stunt was met with polarizing reactions. 

During this unfathomable rise in popularity, Kai won Streamer of the Year in 2022 for the 12th Streamy Awards and in 2023 for The Streamer Awards. One can only guess what 2024 and beyond has in store for Kai Cenat.

#BlackGirlsRock

Not to be outshined by the men in the gaming and streaming space, several ladies have influenced the industry. Here are just a few standout women showing that black girls rock on and off-screen. 

Black Streamers - Black Girl Gamers

BlackGirlGamers

Founded in 2015, Black Girl Gamers (BGG) is a coalition of over 9 thousand black women around the globe with a shared passion for impactful gaming. On the namesake’s Twitch account you will find a variety of women playing numerous games. BGG’s impact extends beyond just gaming. They seek to “grow the influence, representation, equity, and experience of black women in gaming.”

Black Streamers - Storymodebae

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Closing in on 50 thousand followers, Briana Williams is a variety streamer on Twitch. Through her warm personality, her streams range from playing popular games to kicking back and watching and reacting to court TV with her followers. Storymodebae has been listed among the most influential black women in the space. She has used her voice and platform to further combat the gender wage gap in streaming despite. A gap that exists despite woman playing video games just as much as men.

Black Streamers - JazzyGuns

JazzyGuns

Jasmine aka JazzyGuns is a YouTube streamer convert with over half a million subscribers. Despite playing a variety of games like most, JazzyGuns is at home with competitive games. Specifically, she enjoys shooter or fighting titles. In the past year, she has played Resident Evil, Spider-Man, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter. She will often become extremely engaged and animated during tense moments. On less stressful streams, you may find Jazzy collaborating with various streamers in games like Among Us. 

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Xmiramira

Amira Virgil has over 50 thousand followers on Twitch. While she streams a variety of games, she most often streams The Sims. She is so dedicated to the game and representation in gaming that she has crafted The Melanin Pack packed with 54 skin tones to add to your game. She recently joined Queens GG, an inclusion-focused gaming company built for women, by women. 

Looking Forward in the World of Black Gamers and Streamers

Based on the upward trend of gaming and streaming, we aren’t too far from a future where the gaming industry is the number one form of entertainment. Recently, celebrities have jumped into the streaming space. They use it to better connect with their fans and show that everyone can have fun with gaming. 

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Musicians like Drake, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Soulja Boy have streamed or appeared in streams. Athletes from almost every sport have joined the fun as well. Former UFC and current ONE Flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson regularly streams between his fight champs. NFL players Juju Smith-Schuster and CJ Anderson have joined the fray. Even NBA superstar Lebron James has hinted at streaming. 


The emergence of Black Streamers represents a significant milestone in the evolution of the gaming industry. Through their talent, passion, and perseverance, these streamers have not only shattered stereotypes but also forged new paths, enriching the gaming community and driving positive change. As we celebrate their achievements, let us also recognize the work that still lies ahead in creating a gaming landscape that is truly diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

Black Streamers - Beyonce Twitch Stream Iamslayonce

In a groundbreaking move that underscores the increasing visibility and influence of Black streamers and gamers in the digital realm, global superstar Beyoncé was featured in a Super Bowl commercial, captivating millions of viewers. This wasn’t just any appearance; Beyoncé was shown engaging with fans on Twitch, streaming under the username “iamslayonce”. This significant moment not only highlights her support for the Black gaming community but also serves as a powerful endorsement of the space where Black creativity and gaming prowess converge. To experience this blend of entertainment and interaction firsthand, you can follow her account at Twitch.tv/iamslayonce.

The emergence of Black streamers and gamers, including icons like Beyoncé, marks a pivotal shift in the gaming industry. It’s a testament to the diverse talent pool enriching the gaming world, bringing fresh perspectives, creativity, and an inclusive community spirit. Their rise is not just about entertainment; it’s a movement towards greater diversity and representation in the digital landscape.

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In conclusion, the rise of Black streamers and gamers is a significant development in the gaming industry, offering new narratives, experiences, and opportunities for engagement. As we celebrate these achievements, let’s continue to support and uplift the voices that contribute to the richness and diversity of the gaming community. Join us in this exciting journey, follow the trailblazers like Beyoncé on Twitch, shop at The Blerd Shop, and discover how our Marketing & Advertising Services can help you shine. Together, we can build a more inclusive and vibrant digital world.

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