With an audience growing by the second, YouTube is certainly no longer just for the occasional Flash animation or 30 second clip of giraffes at a zoo. It has genres and entire communities and, much like fan bases that follow movie directors, certain YouTube users have garnered massive popularity. The gaming section in particular has gained a lot of recognition, but because of the sudden explosion of content it can be difficult to know where to turn when looking for entertaining clips and commentary. Look no further! Here are, in our opinion, the 10 best YouTube channels providing gaming content today. Some of these videos contain not safe for work language, so consider yourself warned!
VanossGaming gets a place on this list for sheer subscriber count alone. Vanoss has garnered almost 10 million subscribers within three years by playing console games like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty. With an active channel that spits out content roughly three times a week, both his skill and his ability to edit are impressive. He hasn’t been around as long as many of the others on this list, but VanossGaming certainly has a foothold in the fan base for years to come.
Our Favorite Moment: “Far Cry 4 Funny Moments – Crocodile, Honey Badger 1v1, Body Glitch” may be a mouthful of a video name, but it’s well worth the watch. The Lion King references will appeal to ’90s kids, and the trust exercise that turns into a double death at the hands of a crocodile will appeal to everyone else.
Diction has an incredibly active and diverse channel. Though his skill isn’t up to par with some of the others on this list, and some of the games he plays are niche titles, he earns a spot on here for the excellent commentary he maintains by playing off of ridiculous moments in games. Though he’s able to carry a video as a single player he works best when bouncing off of others, whether that be in a multiplayer game with strangers or in a group of friends.
Our Favorite Moment: Diction’s best moment is definitely “Worst. Vacation. Ever.” for its unique take on video game commentary. Dead Island, a game about a tropical vacation paradise overrun with the undead, lends itself well to story-telling, and he’s one of a few on this list that really gets into the actual character in the games he plays.
APL Fisher has a little bit more of a serious side than the others on this list, as he plays the straight man to his revolving cast of wacky teammates. That’s not to say he doesn’t have humor on his own, though — many of his Counter-Strike videos show him at the end of his rope and a few cards short of a full deck. He takes his incredible editing cues from Mr. Sark, a good friend of his who you’ll be reading more about later. Fisher also has an incredibly outrageous video series called the “YouTube Game,” which is a must-watch for any fans of the absurd.
Our Favorite Moment: APL uploads many smaller videos that have been edited down from his longer streams, and his best comes from a moment highlighted in “#TEAMPOSITIVITY,” where he tries to keep his team’s spirits up as they lose magnificently.
Markiplier has a quick and witty humor that comes out best in his PC gaming videos, and he can keep up with the best of them in terms of skill. With a lot of consistency as far as uploading videos, Mark lacks a bit of diversity in the games that he plays — he tends to stick to the horror genre, like the ever-popular Five Nights at Freddy’s.
Our Favorite Moment: There are both longer and shorter videos on Markiplier’s channel. His best, “Octodad Funny Moments,” clocks in at about four minutes. It’s full of clever editing and catchphrases, a sure quick hit for anyone.
6. Game Grumps
The Game Grumps channel is the first one on our list that’s a team of people. The original duo has since expanded into a six person group with multiple, consistently funny shows put out every day. With a huge amount of video content and a subscriber count of almost two million the Game Grumps are poised to be the next big thing, as the diversification of both their videos and the games they choose to play make it possible for everyone to find something fun.
Our Favorite Moment: The popular “VS” series has some gems, but none shine brighter than “Monopoly,” which is played on a very old video game version of the board game. The banter is priceless, especially when it’s at the expense of the computer playing against them.
Sean Hutchinson, better known as Hutch, is a fairly popular YouTuber that’s been around since gaming channels first became a big idea in 2006. With a little under a million subscribers he’s certainly not the biggest YouTube star on the list, but his videos are infused with a humor and a personality that’s hard to ignore. Many of his videos are quite personal in their own way, including details on his life or opinions on current events. Most of his older videos include Call of Duty, but in recent years there’s been diversification, making the actual video just as interesting as his commentary over it. Hutch makes this list for being unique when it comes to letting his fan base in on his life, even the grimy parts.
Our Favorite Moment: “1v1 Me, Bro!” in Call of Duty 4 against APL has to be one of the funniest matches between two people. Not only is the difference in skill hilarious, but the words “You killed Rip McLargeHuge” coming up at the bottom of the screen never gets old.
Gassy also started his YouTube channel in 2006, but gained massive popularity in recent years by becoming a part of Machinima and a group of gamers called The Creatures. A hilarious commentator and skilled player, Gassy stands out because of his amazing impressions that he can pull out of nowhere at any time for any occasion. His videos are set up in a sort of series format, with playlists for separate games. GassyMexican has a huge amount of content on his channel, and it’s always a plus to see him pop up on other gamers’ channels, like our next user!
Our Favorite Moment: Though it’s not his usual game choice, Gassy’s first Slender Multiplayer video entitled “Slender Multiplayer w/ Facecam!” is one for the ages, as every jump scare in the book gets thrown at him and his friends.
SeaNanners is probably one of the best known gamers on YouTube, having videos in a wide variety of games and platforms. With five million subscribers and over a billion views, SeaNanners has become a YouTube legend, appearing on other channels for interviews and even participating in the YouTube documentary, Please Subscribe. SeaNanners is well known for his clever gaming tactics, and his videos are definitely ones that you want to watch closely; if the patented “dolphin laugh” comes out, you know he’s up to no good. While his early work is similar to Hutch’s style, his more recent collaborative videos are really the top of his game.
Our Favorite Moment: Any Prop Hunt video is sure to amuse and amaze you, but the best of the bunch has to be “Are You Cheating?,” since it shows off both incredible skill and downright luck.
2. Mr. Sark
While almost at the bottom of the list in terms of number of subscribers, Mr. Sark still manages to be one of the funniest and most influential people in YouTube gaming culture. With a crazy, unique style of editing and a tendency for them to clock in at six minutes or shorter, Mr. Sark’s channel has an addictive quality to it, and you might find yourself watching dozens of Prop Hunt matches at two in the morning before you even realize it. Sark is the reason many of the others on this list have achieved the popularity they have, but he’s flown fairly under the radar himself, most likely due to his edgier, flamboyantly politically incorrect humor.
Our Favorite Moment: What really sets Sark apart is his incredible skill for improvisation, which is why the random scenarios of revenge he comes up with in his video “You Know What?” ranks as our top moment. The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 gameplay isn’t so bad, either.
1. Achievement Hunters
The Achievement Hunters are the best of the best for a couple of reasons. Though there’s a main cast of six, the Achievement Hunters have a massive rotating cast that has garnered them over three million subscribers. Almost every video is a new combination of people with an all new feel and dynamic. There are also multiple shows on a consistent weekly schedule. If you aren’t a fan of GTA V on Monday, for example, stick around! Tuesday will give you a building adventure in Minecraft with a whole new set of people. Because they belong to an already very well-established company, Roosterteeth, they’ve perfected the art of versatility while still consistently bringing the comedy. If you’re looking for some skilled gamers to amaze you, look no further than Ray Narvaez, Jr. in their Call of Duty videos. However, Gavin Free is sure to get you laughing at his antics in anything from Trouble in Terrorist Town to Halo.
Our Favorite Moment: While it’s hard to choose just one video with one group of people as the top moment, it’s hard to pass up highlighting the Achievement Hunter’s “Grand Heist,” in which the main six attempt to pull off a heist of epic proportions in Grand Theft Auto V that includes a helicopter, a tank and a whole lot of cops.