Summit1G, The Legend
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Who is Summit1G? Everything You Could Want to Know

For the longest time even to this day, Summit1G is one of the most followed Twitch streamers and considered to be one of the most highly active members on the platform. Known previously for his Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gameplays as well as Pokemon Go and H1Z1, Summit was and still is a very flexible streamer that his fans cannot get enough of.

While he may not be a mainstay for any professional esports teams, he is widely considered to be an all-around skillful player whether it means doing flickshots with an Arctic rifle in CSGO, a run n’ gun assault rifle tactic in Fortnite, or consistently become the last survivor in a battle royale game, he really knows how to please his audience. In fact, some people say that he’s even better than a lot of the players in the professional scene.

Even at the level of where he is at right now, Summit1G maintains a humble personality with some subtle angst that makes him sort of a “for the masses” type of streamer. There’s always something for everyone when watching Summit1G’s streams. Sometimes it’s a competitive play, sometimes it’s just a relaxing casual game, or he’s giving life advice to his audience.

His engagement with his followers is second to none when it comes to his own brotherly love. He’s not like Dr. DisRespect’s egotistic character, none of Sodapoppin’s strong humor nor even shows any sort of forced toxicity or drama in his channel.

How Summit1G was way back in Spike.tv is still the same Summit1G today that everyone really knows and loves.

Today we’ll be looking at one of Twitch’s biggest personalities, how he got his fame, what favorite games he loves to play, and even some quick trivia about the man, Summit1G.

Who is Summit1G?

The real name of Summit1G is Jaryd Lazar, who was born on April 23, 1987. Little is known about his private life but when it comes to his Twitch reputation, it is undeniable that anyone on the platform knows the name.

When did he start streaming?

He started streaming way back during the Spike.tv days before it transformed into Twitch back in 2011. Let’s just say from what once a humble beginning has turned into an internet success. He first started playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Black Ops as well as Halo.

Summit1G was one of the very first to stream Counter-Strike: Global Offensive back in 2012. It was here that viewers watch his every move and jot down notes and analyses of every strategy he makes whether it’s a bomb or hostage situation. It was through CSGO that his numbers would slowly grow.

When was his breakout debut?

When Twitch was bought by Amazon Prime in 2014, the number of members doubled. Those who were lost and sought the best CSGO gameplays always saw Summit1G in the top spot when searching the game.

In a very consistent rate, Summit’s viewership was always constantly at 20,000 viewers daily.

It was always the same number until 2017 when PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came into existence. Suddenly, as he streamed the game everyday, his unique viewers went up all the time, receiving a consistent 40k to 50k views each stream.

However, he peaked at 90k views when he streamed the ECS Qualifiers of his team, Mythic, in CSGO in 2017.

At one point, Summit1G became the most followed streamer on Twitch from January to February 2018.

Were CSGO and PUBG the only games he’s known for?

For the rest of 2018, he spent most of his time playing Fortnite. It’s always good to watch him play the game but it just did not really click much with his viewers, maybe because it was “too casual” for him.

But these days, he just jumbles with whatever game he desires to play, whether multiplayer or single player. He still plays CSGO though, but not like before which he does it all day and night. As for PUBG, well he gave up on it ever since Bluehole, the developer of the game, just never listened to its community.

How is his Twitch channel doing?

In 2018, he resides as the 4th most followed Twitch streamer. The 1st being Ninja, then Shroud and then Myth. He always has a consistent rate of 40k to 60k views. Again, he doesn’t play much CSGO nowadays but his followers still appreciate what he does on stream: just being the natural him all the time. As of July 2018, his total followers are more than 3 million with a total view count of over 230 million.

Is he the nice guy type or the cocky type?

For a very skilled competitive player, he sure is a nice guy. A lot of skilled players you would encounter, especially those in pro teams usually would brag at some point. But not Summit1G, no no no. It’s like he doesn’t even know he’s actually pretty good at what he does.

He’s a natural goody-two-shoes, whether if it’s an interview from the press or talking with his fans. It’s like the guy would never hurt a fly…except for that one time he punched the camera during an H1Z1 practice match for a tournament. But hey, we all break down at some point in our lives right?

Is he currently in pro teams?

In recreational teams for CSGO, yes. He first started in Exertus eSports in 2012, then Area 51 Gaming in 2013, then followed by Adaptation and in 2017, Mythic.

What about his YouTube channel?

If you missed out on his streams on Twitch, you can just go to his YouTube to view highlights the day after each stream. Might I say the editing of his videos, especially his intro, is just simply astonishing. I would compete his stuff versus Dr. DisRespect’s content when it comes to editing.

Summit1G has more than 507,000 subscribers and a total view count of 73 million as of July 2018.

He really doesn’t focus on his YouTube much since majority of his efforts go to Twitch and Twitter.

Were there any controversies regarding Summit1G?

A lot have been saying his channel is “dying” since there were days when his peak viewership on a daily basis was just 15k to 18k, slightly less than during his glorious CSGO days from 2013 to 2016.

Another issue was back in early 2018 when Twitch has become “mainstream” after the whole Ninja-Drake Fortnite duo and the invasion of the Paul brothers, Jake and Logan, on Twitch. Summit said that the Paul brothers’ presence is good for Twitch as the number of viewers will double and that there will be more chance for others to earn new followers because of the brothers.

Of course, a lot of people were displeased with that comment—some calling him a sellout for supporting the Logan and Jake Paul streams. Some called him out as a normie because of the comment and some just lost their respect for that.

Let’s not forget that One Punch Man moment from Summit too; remember that sudden burst of fisticuffed rage by Summit1G back on May 11, 2018 during a practice session for the H1Z1: Fight for the Crown tournament? No? Well take a good look:

https://clips.twitch.tv/DullSuperChinchillaRitzMitz

Yes, that was him ragequitting in a training session with his team. The stream ended abruptly after just a few hours instead of the usual 7 to 8+ hours that he did. Of course, after such hasty act, the internet blew up. Here is a subreddit post from u/chadochocinqo: https://www.reddit.com/r/LivestreamFail/comments/8is7ga/summit_loses_it_practicing_for_h1z1_online/.

But there was a huge cause as to why he did such a thing: a couple of hours before the rage started, during a live stream game of CSGO, he returned from the veterinarian to find out about his dog’s condition. Apparently, his dog had a stomach illness and this concerned him a lot, along with the viewers that have been with him throughout all the years since he started back in 2012. Here is the clip about his visit from the vet:

https://clips.twitch.tv/BumblingFreezingHawkPunchTrees

Is it still worth watching Summit1G?

Without a doubt, yes. Don’t listen to the folks saying his channel is dwindling. It’s just that a lot of other viewers just probably moved on and wanted more Fortnite or CSGO action. Whether he’s on the top 3 or not, Summit will always be Summit and that’s what makes him so enticing to watch.

Where can I checkout Summit1G?

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/summit1g

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9XKrQI5N24RDzZA8fheEjg

Twitter: https://twitter.com/summit1g

Does he have a schedule?

No, he does not. He used to stream daily but nowadays, it really just depends on his mood, but never becomes absent for more than 3 days.

Any trivia I’d like to know about Summit?

  • Heightline.com estimated that his net worth is $1.3 million as of 2018.
  • His childhood show was the Megaman animated series.
  • He would rather play League of Legends than DotA2.
  • He prefers Pepsi over Coke.
  • He has never encountered an actual celebrity his whole life.
  • He got swatted during a stream for Pokemon Go back in 2016.