Who is Nickmercs, the pro gamer turned FaZe Clan co-owner?

By Olivia Richman


Mar 22, 2022

Reading time: 3 min

Nicholas “Nickmercs” Kolcheff is a pro player turned streamer who has steadily risen in popularity over the last few years. Always outspoken and often animated, Nickmercs has been at the center of a fair share of controversy over those years as well.

But who exactly is Nickmercs, and how did he become so famous? This is the interesting history behind one of the most popular streamers on Twitch.

How did Nickmercs become famous?

Nickmercs was a gamer from a young age despite his parents not initially approving of the lifestyle. He immersed himself in competitive gaming, becoming a professional Gears of War esports for a team called Th3 NSAN3Z. During his time as a Gears of War pro, Nickmercs won events including MLG Anaheim, MLG Dr. Pepper, and the MLG Orlando National Championships.

After his Gears of War career concluded, Nickmercs initially transitioned to playing Halo before deciding to begin streaming instead. Nickmercs started streaming back when Twitch was still Justin.tv in 2010. He then created a YouTube channel in 2011 where he made videos featuring Call of Duty and other FPS games.

How many followers does Nickmercs have on Twitch?

Nickmercs is very popular on Twitch due to his skills in battle royale titles including Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Apex Legends, as well as in other FPS games. He currently has 6.4 million followers on Twitch and over 59K subscribers. This means Nickmercs makes at least $206,000 per month from Twitch subscribers alone, though the true total is likely even higher.

Is Nickmercs still with FaZe Clan?

Nickmercs started as a content creator for FaZe Clan. He joined the organization in May 2019. Nickmercs is still with FaZe Clan, but he is now a part-owner. The news of his ownership stake broke in April 2021.

“Got the equity I was promised too,” Nickmercs added on Twitter at the time.

Is Nickmercs a millionaire?

Nickmercs makes a lot of money based on Twitch subscribers alone, but that’s not all the money he makes. He also has ad revenue on Twitch and YouTube, merchandise sales, sponsorships, and private donations. This alone has Nickmercs estimated to be worth around $4 million.

What drama happened with Nickmercs?

While many around the globe were living in isolation, Nickmercs was accused of hosting an unsafe event. Along with other content creators, Nickmercs hosted something called the MFAM BBQ, and its broad attendance shocked the streaming community.

Nickmercs shared a photo in September that showed a huge group of fans at the event with no masks or other protective equipment being worn. This caused an uproar, with many accusing Nickmercs of being reckless. According to Nickmercs, there were over 10,000 live attendees at the event.

How old is Nickmercs?

Nickmercs is 31 years old. He was born on November 21, 1990, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan.

How tall is Nickmercs?

Nickmercs is about 5’8″, at least according to some sources. Other reports say he is as tall as 5’11”. Fellow streamer Dr Disrespect made fun of Nickmercs’ shorter height at one point when they met at a sports game.

Dr Disrespect is one of the more towering figures in the gaming and streaming communities, standing at 6’8″ tall. So it’s no surprise that he dwarfed Nickmercs when they met in person.