Though many fans see Twitch as the primary esports video content outlet, it’s actually somewhat limited in terms of variety. It’s great for live streams of matches and variety show personalities, of course. But if you want things like highlights, video recaps, in-depth strategy tutorials, and news packages, YouTube is still the site to be at.
Whether you want to follow the news, catch the best highlights, or learn how to elevate your own game, the 15 esports YouTube channels we’ve curated for you below should be the first ones to hit your “Favorites” list.
It should be of no surprise to you if you follow esports that this channel finds itself at the top of the list. If you’re looking for the all-inclusive, everything-esports, one-stop shop where the pros hang out, you’re looking for EsportsTalk.
The channel covers important news and tournament updates in real-time, an insider’s look into what’s buzzing around the globe, gaming guides, live streams, strategy forums, and everything else esports in a logical and easy-to-digest format. The site is newer to the scene but is quickly becoming an industry leader thanks to the team of experts they’ve hired to deliver mainstream content and inventive concepts to the gaming community.
The recurring E-sessment series provides the general public with an invitation-only, behind-the-scenes beta-testing review of some of the newer games that have the potential to break out into the competitive scene. Plus, exciting new esports concepts are under development and ready to be revealed to bring insider access and insights to an all-new level.
Hands down, EsportsTalk is the premier pick on the list and a future giant of the esports industry.
2) Dota Digest
Dota Digest is the best source for keeping up to date on the professional Dota 2 scene. It’s usually updated at least once a day and features the highlights from the biggest competitive matches, as well as occasional team feature pieces and “best of the year” compilations.
The channel owners also run Dota Dose, another Dota 2 esports YouTube channel which focuses more on compilations of highlights and best plays rather than match-by-match highlight collections. This channel also provides good coverage of tournaments that some other channels overlook, such as the Kiev Major and Manila Masters.
3) Dota D.Bowie
If you’re looking to learn how to play Dota 2 or elevate your game, Dota D.Bowie is the place to go. There’s a star man waiting in the YouTube, and he’d like to share his collection of hundreds of videos that each go in depth with a particular game strategy or trick. The channel also provides detailed analysis of patches and game updates shortly after they are released.
Though channel leader D2Bowie humbly refers to himself as a “low-profile Dota player,” tens of millions of viewers have come to his channel for the purpose of improving their play. One of the main draws is his “Things I’ve Learned From” series, where he breaks down exactly what pro players are doing in detail, and his guides to individual heroes are also very well-regarded.
4) Skill Capped
Skill Capped is a professional League of Legends and World of Warcraft coaching service, but you won’t have to pay anything to get access to the sizable video vault on their YouTube esports channel. They regularly share detailed LoL strategies, often centered around the way that the game’s top-level pros play. The pros have also been known to drop in on the channel from time to time to share their own thoughts directly in a video tutorial form. Skill Capped’s channel is one of the world’s best examples of how free content can be a gigantic marketing boost for a business.
The main channel has typically split time evenly between LoL and WoW, but they recently divided into two channels: the main channel will focus entirely on LoL, while WoW stuff is still being produced (including a weekly “best of” guide) but has been moved to a new channel.
5) Virkayu (League of Legends)
If you’re interested in learning how to get better at League of Legends, Viryaku is one of the best independent content creators out there. He started out as a Halo 3 pro (under the name Quadrisaurus) before focusing full-time on LoL in late 2013.
His channel is usually updated at least once a week with an in-depth tutorial on one particular aspect of the competitive game. He also covers the new features and best players of each new season. He’s particularly well regarded for his jungling training videos.
6) 3kliksphilip (CS:GO)
CS:GO fans should sneak under cover over to 3kliksphilip’s channel. This wide-ranging esports YouTube channel covers game updates primarily but also gets into some real hardcore optimization like keyboard configurations and graphical settings. Sprinkled in with all this is the occasional humorous video or opinion piece for variety. If you dig his personality, he has two more channels that are regularly updated – 2kliksphilip covers a variety of games, while kliksphilip provides weekly personal videos that may or may not relate to gaming.
In addition to his main channels, Philip seems to be fond of creating secondary video channels with Easter Eggs for his fans to find.
7) Fortnite Daily Moments (Fortnite)
This channel is just as advertised on the tin. You’ll get daily highlight packages that feature the best moments from matches between pros, funny glitches submitted by users, information on game patches and updates, and more. It’s all the Fortnite news of the day fit to print (or film) in one entertaining and convenient package.
Fortnite Daily Moments welcomes any and all interesting submissions, so if you’ve got a match moment that was particularly awesome or funny, send it on in for your 15 minutes of e-fame.
8) SypherPK (Fortnite)
SypherPK runs arguably the best Fortnite tutorial channel going. He checks in on his esports YouTube channel just about every day with tricks and tips, highlights from his own games (during which he explains his own actions in detail), and the occasional personal or comedy video for variety.
Sypher has been dedicating himself to playing nothing else but Fortnite since the game first appeared in beta form in 2011, and boy, does it show. These days, he regularly plays with (or against) top pros like Ninja, the TSM and FaZe crews, and Tfue.
9) ChocoTaco (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds)
PUBG players usually go to ChocoTaco for advice on how to step their game up. Choco’s usual format is to use examples from his own games, providing detailed narration over them explaining his thought process. He also sometimes features highlight collections, particularly interesting games with other high-level players and “ask me anything” (AMA) streams.
If you can’t get enough Choco, he also streams on Twitch most weekdays from around 11 AM to midnight. Naturally, it’s pretty much always games of PUBG.
10) Blame The Controller (Overwatch)
Blame The Controller has been one of the premier Overwatch esports YouTube channels since the competitive scene developed. It mostly covers new game updates and additions, usually updating at least a few times a week. But they also cover the major events (like the Grand Finals), and they sometimes go into detail on game features and play strategies. The regular “Dear Jeff Kaplan” feature also airs out requests and complaints that are common among the player base. Another particularly interesting feature is their guides to new player characters, which pop up very quickly after said players are added to the game. Blame The Controller has a little something for any Overwatch fan and is often the first news source to the punch when new developments drop.
11) Mast (Smite)
If you’re a Smite player or fan, Mast is mandatory watching. He gives detailed breakdowns of new developments in the game and updates/patches along with occasional personal opinion and commentary videos. He also posts regular videos of both his team matches and 1v1 duels. If you want to learn how to best play a particular god in the game, Mast has probably covered it in style at some point.
12) SunlessKhan (Rocket League)
SunlessKhan is a very well-regarded Rocket League personality thanks to his breadth of video types and consistent quality editing and presentation. On his esports YouTube channel, you’ll find analysis of pro player styles, in-depth examinations of game features, explanations of high-level techniques, and plenty of comedy videos for variety. His regular “Why You Suck At Rocket League” mixes comedy with gameplay lessons and is probably his most beloved recurring feature among fans.
13) VesperArcade (Fighting Games)
VesperArcade provides overall coverage of the fighting game scene. There’s a natural tilt toward Street Fighter V since that is the scene’s biggest game by far, but titles such as Guilty Gear and Dragon Ball Fighters also get some time here and there. VesperArcade is a great source of annual EVO and Capcom Pro Tour coverage, and the regular content is a mix of game news and strategy tips.
The one major fighting game that doesn’t really get love on VesperArcade is Smash Bros. As a bonus, GameXplain is a more wide-ranging gaming news channel, but the competitive Smash Bros. scene and game updates are among the things that they make a point to regularly cover in depth.
14) Omnislash (Hearthstone)
Omnislash is an excellent one-stop source for Hearthstone news, new card reviews, pro matchup breakdowns, and deck-building strategies. They also host a wide-ranging weekly podcast (available in YouTube video form as well) called Omni/Stone. The production quality is excellent for an esports YouTube channel that isn’t funded by a major media outlet, and their personalities are among the most beloved of the “talking heads” in the esports commentary scene. Great regular features include the “Deck Doctor” series and “Whose Meme Reigns Supreme?”
15) theScore Esports
theScore is currently one of the best general-purpose esports channels available on YouTube. You won’t get the depth of the single-game sites listed above, but you’ll get a daily dose of the most important esports developments with a solid production style similar to the much-beloved Yahoo Esports (which went out of business in 2017). theScore covers the biggest esports competitions of the moment as well as providing regular content such as player interviews, retrospectives, news, and opinion pieces. There’s also entertainment in the form of regular top-10 lists and “fail” compilations.
Though there are other great video platform options, we’re pretty sure YouTube is never going to be topped for the type of esports content we’ve listed here. The speedy loading, familiarity, and convenience is perfect both for all types of video recaps and the type of game strategy videos you’ll want to pause and skip around in frequently. It’s also the perfect setup for channels that want to do a deep dive into all sorts of different content focused on one particular game. YouTube Gaming is also worth keeping an eye on as an up-and-coming live stream source.