Ali “Myth” recently switched from Twitch to YouTube with much fanfare. Alongside the growing list of streamers who have made the switch, the move has been widely celebrated by most of his peers and fans. However, it has also reignited debate around YouTube’s policy of poaching streamers.
Ali started streaming eight years ago in 2016 and has been a popular streamer ever since. At the end of his relationship with Twitch, he had around 7.4 million followers and almost a thousand active subscribers on the platform. Suffice it to say that the move will attract a large portion of its community to Google’s own platform.
Let’s dive into how the former Fortnite TSM pro became so popular in the streaming community and how he could appear as a creator in this new chapter.
Follow Myth’s streaming origins, growth and career
Ali “Myth” is an American streamer from the Middle East. Born in Michigan on May 24, 1999, the streamer currently resides in Los Angeles, California, like many content creators. Myth is a former Fortnite pro, which is where his streaming journey began.
However, he started his Twitch career in 2016 by streaming a now-dead MOBA created by Epic Games called Paragon. His YouTube account dates back to 2013, while his streaming career took off after he started playing Epic’s new battle royale Fortnite in 2017.
According to Twitch Tracker, he skyrocketed in popularity a few months after he started playing the new game, amassing over three million followers by mid-2018. The meteoric rise to fame propelled the streamer to the top echelons of the streaming community.
The streamer joined Team Solomid in 2018 and his impeccable style of play earned him the captain’s position. He even shared an apartment with two of his teammates, Hamlinz and Daequan Loco.
As Fortnite lost ground over the coming years, its fame waned and viewership slowly declined. Myth then began branching out into other FPS titles, playing Warzone, Counter Strike, and Apex Legends on stream. This shift saw him become a variety streamer. However, he was on the verge of rising again when Riot 2020 released its new tactical shooter.
Second wind with Valorant and progression
In mid-2020, the FPS genre was shaken up with the addition of Valorant, which is poised to be the next big thing on the competitive scene. Mythos regained popularity as viewers flocked to his channel to watch him play. At the Twitch Rivals for Valorant in the same year, he was on the starting list of TSM.
In fact he was the IGL and led the team to the finals before losing to an amazing T1 team. Even ESPN, in its Twitch Rivals review, praised the streamer for holding his own against such formidable opponents.
However, after the early Valorant days, he averaged around three to five thousand concurrent viewers on his channel, with many claiming that the 23-year-old streamer was past his prime. To everyone’s surprise, there was a change.
He was part of Team SoloMid for a large part of his career but left the sports organization at the end of last year. Since the Covid pandemic, his collaborative streams Among Us and Fall Guys with other streamers like Pokimane, Sykkuno and Valkyrae have become very popular in the online gaming community.
The American streamer has also been known to impersonate other streaming personalities such as xQc and Ludwig.
Some see his move to YouTube Gaming as the next step in his career, while others criticize him for leaving the platform that gave him the space to grow and become such a prominent streamer. With that in mind, optimistic fans are hoping Myth will find success on YouTube.