Known equally for his World of Warcraft streams and his sometimes controversial opinions, Zack “Asmongold” is one of the most popular streamers on Twitch.
With over 2.35 million followers and tens of thousands of average viewers per stream, Asmongold is the 23rd most-watched streamer on the platform. He has played World of Warcraft for over 6,200 hours.
But Asmongold has recently been frustrated with World of Warcraft, his signature game. He has complained about Blizzard developers toning down some sexual artwork in the game rather than fixing core gameplay issues. This outspoken frustration with developers is nothing new for the streamer, who has called the team “incompetent” in the past.
“I talk s— about them all the time,” Asmongold has said.
For all of his time spent playing World of Warcraft, Asmongold has shown a willingness to look elsewhere for his MMORPG fix. On July 3, 2021, Asmongold started playing Final Fantasy XIV. So far he has streamed that MMORPG for 161 hours on Twitch. Asmongold is credited by some with helping to drive up interest in the game.
Asmongold worked for the IRS in Austin, Texas before he began his streaming career. He was contemplating going to law school but decided to focus on playing World of Warcraft instead, convincing his mom to get him the first expansion. He still lives with his mother in Austin, but he now supports his mother financially.
Asmongold started out as a content creator on YouTube. Most of his videos were guides on how to improve at World of Warcraft. He switched to Twitch in 2014, slowly becoming a cult favorite in the World of Warcraft community.
“I feel like streaming, in a lot of ways, has a lot more growth potential than YouTube does,” Asmongold had said at the time.
The beginning of his streaming journey was a grind. Asmongold was once banned for making a joke about the victims of Hurricane Katrina, saying that the hurricane “could have done a better job.” But he soon became an official Twitch Partner. When World of Warcraft Classic was released in 2019, Asmongold saw a huge spike in his popularity on the platform.
Asmongold has become known as an outspoken streamer who isn’t afraid to tackle controversial topics. He has discussed politics, has given his opinion on Twitch’s ASMR and hot tub controversies, and more. Asmongold has also called on Twitch to permanently ban gambling streams.
But Asmongold has also been outspoken about his consistent use of pejoratives related to mental illness, and has caused additional controversy by wading into debates over racism.
Asmongold is estimated to be between 31 and 32 years old. This would make his birth year either 1989 or 1990.
In October 2020, Asmongold decided to create OTK, also known as One True King. This is a content organization that Asmongold founded with some of his fellow streamers. That list of streamers notably includes Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo. It’s become one of the most popular content creation organizations in the streaming realm, hosting in-person events, competing in World of Warcraft tournaments, and hosting successful charity streams.
Asmongold has a net worth of around $2 million, although it’s hard to know what his exact annual income is. Most of his money comes from Twitch subscriptions and donations, YouTube ad revenue, and advertising sponsorships.
Asmongold has been streaming since 2014. Asmongold has taken a few breaks from Twitch due to mental stress and tp help care for his mother’s health. His main channel has barely been used in some moths, but Asmongold is still streaming. He most recently returned to his main streaming channel on Twitch for the release of New World.
Asmongold was sorely missed by his fans on Twitch, where he usually streams for over 200 hours each month. Fans are undoubtedly excited about his return, not only to see him play but also to hear more of his unfiltered opinions.