The gaming industry has been huge and lucrative for decades now. And with every step of technological advancement, the industry has only grown bigger. The previous decade saw another element cropping up within gaming, which was streaming and content creation. Today, one of the oldest and most popular streamers, Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar, reached a landmark number of followers, and Valorant may have a little something to do with it.
summit1g takes to streaming
Live streaming while gaming truly took hold in the 2010s. It was a by-product of the competitive gaming scene which had taken off the decade before. Competitive gaming takes its toll just like any other competitive sport, more mentally than physically in this case.
Hence, many professionals shifted from the competitive scene to the streaming one. Many of them already had fan followings given their exploits in eSports, making the transition fluid.
Summit1g took to streaming in 2011 with games like Call of Duty, Halo, and CS: GO. He was doing quite well in a time when streaming wasn’t widely accepted as it is today. A few years later, he took to PUBG, which enhanced his following, even more, becoming the most-followed streamer on Twitch in 2018 for about three months.
The things about summit1g that attracts fans to him are his professionalism and enthusiasm as a gamer. Sure he gets frustrated every now and then when things just won’t go his way, but he is also ever eager to improve himself in any game. Moreover, he likes to keep his viewers informed.
Although he also made a big guffaw once as a pro CS: GO player. Check out the hilarious video below.
Possibly the most embarrassing moment of his life, but it’s safe to say he has moved on since then.
Valorant plays its part
Coming to the present day, summit1g reached a whopping 5 million followers on Twitch today.
— summit1g (@summit1g) April 13, 2020
One factor that certainly helped the seasoned streamer to reach this landmark is Valorant.
When Riot Games released the closed beta earlier this month, they enabled drops through certain streamers’ channels and summit1g was one of them. naturally, gamers flocked to his channel, hoping to get their hands on the beta.
Summit1g’s channel had about 250+K viewers on a daily basis since he started playing Valorant. While Valorant surely played a part in growing his followers, we can also be certain that his charm and experience as a streamer turned many of these viewers into actual fans.
Moving forward, we can expect summit1g’s following to keep growing. Perhaps soon, we will be back here talking about his 6 million followers.