By Erika Lentz
The Call of Duty series has been iconic among gamers and streamers for years. Recently, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War became the latest installment. Though it is still very new to the gaming world, it is quickly gaining popularity among first person shooter (FPS) fans, much like Call of Duty Warzone did. With multiple game modes and brand new features, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is bound to be a great time between you and your friends.
But we know that we can’t all be the greatest Call of Duty players and we don’t all have the same witty sense of humor. This is where streamers make their appearance. Whether you’re playing another FPS game, such as Valorant or Escape From Tarkov, or a random indie game like Among Us, streamers can offer some great advice and a lot of laughs. You can learn from them by mimicking their key mappings and gameplay tactics. And you can be totally entertained while you do so.
Alex Benabe, known online as Destroy, currently has 217,000 followers and 3.1 million views on Twitch. He has been playing Call of Duty since high school and originally started streaming for fun in August 2017. At that time, he mainly streamed Fortnite, which is what really helped his channel kick off. When he graduated, his channel had become popular enough that he decided to make it his career and he became a full time streamer. Now, Destroy mainly streams Call of Duty games; Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, and Modern Warfare. He was signed with Luminosity Gaming until April 2020.
Nick Overton, known as ImMarksman, is a professional YouTuber and Twitch streamer. He has 681,000 followers and 6.7 million views on Twitch. Overton got his start in 2010 with Call of Duty Black Ops. He would eventually switch to Fortnite in 2018 before making the leap back over to Call of Duty in 2020. Recent plays include Cold War and Modern Warfare. Over the years, he has also played games from the Tom Clancy’s series as well.
Matthew Piper, also known as FORMAL, has 547,000 followers and 11.7 million views on Twitch. He got his start with the Halo series back in high school. He initially got into pro gaming via his friends, who were looking for a teammate for an upcoming tournament. As Halo’s popularity began to decline, FORMAL switched to playing Call of Duty. He has been signed to multiple gaming teams (Believe the Hype, Dynasty, Ambush, etc.) over the years and now plays for NRG Esports. Recent streams include both Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare.
Crowder’s full name is James Christopher Crowder. He has 217,000 followers and 3.34 million views on Twitch. Crowder initially gamed casually in school and played baseball more seriously. However, an injury led him to switching fully to gaming as his hobby. He has played for several different professional gaming teams over the years and also won the Call of Duty World Championship in 2015. He now coaches for Atlanta FaZe’s professional team and streams Black Ops Cold War frequently.
Matthew Haag, known online as Nadeshot, has 1.58 million followers and 54.7 million views on Twitch. He has been a professional gamer since he was 16 years old and, in 2010, was signed with OpTic Gaming. He eventually dropped out of college to pursue gaming full time but almost quit when it became a financial struggle in the beginning. However, thanks to many hours of streaming the Call of Duty series, his channel prevailed. Nadeshot is the CEO and founder of 100 Thieves.
Josh Beaver, known professionally as JoshOG, has 1.74 million followers and 103 million views on Twitch. He originally started streaming in college, intending it to be just for fun, but his channel took off much more quickly than he expected. This led to him dropping out to pursue a gaming career full time. He continues to stream Black Ops Cold War often.
SkyrrozTV is very private about his personal details. As such, his real name is not known at this time. He has 673,000 followers and 13.8 million views on Twitch. He has been streaming Black Ops Cold War recently but he has also played PUBG. Despite not being able to provide a whole lot of personal information on SkyrrozTV, we can confirm that he is a joy to watch.
Lucas Mosing, otherwise known as FaZeBlaze, has 540,000 followers and 3 million views on Twitch. After he graduated high school, he moved into the FaZe house with an offer to do content creation full time. He has said that he would still like to pursue a college education in the future. In 2013, he began streaming Call of Duty on his YouTube channel. His channel quickly grew in popularity and he joined Obey in November of that year. Later, in early 2015, he joined the FaZe Clan officially.
Thomas George Cassell, known online as Syndicate, has 3.06 million followers and 72 million views on Twitch. He started a YouTube channel in 2010 where he posted his gameplay of Halo and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. He was featured on Machinima’s website and his channel took off after he started uploading videos of Call of Duty Blacks Ops Zombies. Syndicate’s original intention was not to become a professional gamer. In fact, he was actually studying for an IT degree when his tutor noticed how popular his channel was becoming and encouraged him to pursue streaming full time. He started his Twitch channel in 2015. Though he has also dedicated much of his time to daily vlogs, he still streams games quite often. Recent streams include both Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare.
Our top choice is a current member of OpTic Gaming and has actually been mentored by another one of our streamer choices, Nadeshot. Seth Abner, professionally known as Scump, has 1.02 million followers and 31 million views on Twitch. Scump was an athlete in his younger years and his introduction to gaming came when he got his first Xbox and Halo game during his later childhood years. He branched out to the Call of Duty series (2, 3, and 4) and played frequently with friends. After one highly competitive match, his opponent contacted him asking him to try out for their team. He passed this try out and moved into a more competitive gaming space. He became a professional gamer officially when he joined the Quantic Leverage team.
Streamers use many different mediums to interact with their fans and provide entertaining content. Though most of this article focused on Twitch, many of these streamers still have active YouTube channels as well. Not only are these guys incredibly entertaining to watch but you can actually learn a lot from them as well. Listen to their tips and try to pick up on some common moves shared amongst them.
In addition, you can check out the wide array of gaming equipment that they use. Having the right keyboard, mouse, monitor, and other accessories are absolutely essential for successful gameplay.