Leading Kiwi Streamers
New Zealand’s pretty isolated in the real world but that’s no problem for its online talent who have taken Twitch and YouTube by storm. Here are six of the biggest streaming channels on those platforms by Kiwi content creators.
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Biggest Youtuber: McCreamy
While some still think gaming is a bad thing the half-dozen pros on our list prove that it can also be a route to a fun and engaging career. With over 8 million subscribers at the time of writing and more being added all the time, McCreamy is one of the major YouTubers followed by fans of Fortnite. His videos regularly rack up over a million views in a matter of days, and he even plays the game on a professional basis. Posting videos several times a week, the view count is pretty staggering for this powerhouse of Kiwi Fortnite gameplay. While McCreamy does have a few videos (easily findable via playlist) on Overwatch and Minecraft, this is very much a Fortnite channel so whether you love it or loathe it will be entirely down to what you think of Fortnite. Note that McCreamy also streams live on Twitch and posts segments to YouTube. On Twitch, he’s got 326k followers, although (at the time of writing) he has not livestreamed there for several months.
Twitch King: broxh_
When it comes to New Zealand’s leading Twitch streamers, they don’t come any bigger than broxh_, who has over 1.6 million followers to date. What’s especially interesting is that broxh_ (who is an incredibly nice fellow) combines the Twitch mainstay of gaming alongside an altogether more distinctive activity: Maori wood-carving. That’s not the kind of thing you can see everywhere and means his videos range from playing Apex Legends to carving artwork commissioned for display in galleries. Whether you prefer the woodwork or gameplay, his streams tend to last a couple of hours and are hosted every couple of days.
The Intermittent Streamer: Fitz
Fitz is a bit of a weird one. He’s got over 5.42m subscribers on YouTube, and his videos regularly get over 5 million views, (19 million watched his 2018 Best Of Video). But he hardly ever posts videos to YouTube, even though most of his videos are on the short side. Although a Kiwi, these days he’s living in Australia and has a Twitch channel with over a million subscribers (although it’s over a year since he last streamed). So, Fitz is a rare bird – not seen very often, but provoking a lot of observers to come rushing when he does appear.
Chatting and Games: Quin69
Quin69 has 695k Twitch followers, and 168k subscribers on YouTube, making him a top-tier Kiwi when it comes to both platforms. His Twitch videos range from just chatting for hours to gameplay from the likes of Stray, Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and more. Often, longer videos are a combination of gameplay interspersed with chatting sections, with many Twitch streams around seven hours long but some stretching beyond that. His YouTube videos are of a much shorter variety and have recently included having a look at Diablo Immortal’s controversial approach to wringing cash from players and having a crack at Elden Ring.
Games Galore: TobyontheTele
TobyontheTele has 711k subscribers on YouTube and 356k followers on Twitch. A trans content creator formerly known as JohnOnTheRadio, TobyontheTele regularly streams for around three to four hours, showcasing games such as Cyberpunk 2077, Escape from Tarkov, Battlefield 2042, and Risk of Rain on Twitch. Her YouTube content is far more sporadic, with mostly shorter videos posted months apart. If you’re interested in checking out her Twitch streams, it can be handy to get a feel for her style by checking out highlights and snippets on her YouTube channel before diving into hours of entertainment.
PUBG and Dead by Daylight: Rowan
Whether you prefer to watch on your desktop or mobile device it’s a great time for catching live streams. Our last Twitch streamer goes simply by Rowan and provides his 114k Twitch followers with streams between three to five hours long. These are often spent playing PUBG and Dead by Daylight and are usually a couple of days apart. PUBG might seem a bit old hat these days but there is a reason why it was the key in making battle royale a massive genre, building the foundations upon which Fortnite became great. And it’s still pretty fun watching the map shrink and players panic.
And that brings to an end our look at the half-dozen biggest Twitch and YouTube streamers that come from New Zealand.