TSM’s Ali “Myth” Kabbani, one of the world’s most famous esports and streaming personalities, recently revealed that his Twitch streaming success has ultimately hurt his competitive career.
In a recent Twitch stream, Myth explained that the popularity of his stream, which sees around 100,000 viewers on average, results in teammates playing Fortnite differently.
“People genuinely, really, really play differently with me compared to if they were playing with someone who isn’t a big streamer,” the TSM member told his chat. “It’s actually a big issue. They [communicate] differently, they react differently. They won’t ‘alpha up’ in [chat] if they need to.”
For major tournaments, Myth has seemingly found the ideal partner in Misfits Gaming’s Jacob “Heads” Churchfield, who Myth notes provides the right amount of feedback while gaming.
Given the relative infancy of the competitive ecosystem, many professional players are required to stream in order to augment their income. The most high-profile example being Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who earned roughly $10 million in 2018 alone. Ninja estimates that 70% of his income comes from revenue generated on Twitch and YouTube.
For the time being, streaming will likely continue to be used by competitive players to augment income, but things could shift as additional capital begins to flow into sponsorships and organizations.