Northernlion (real name – Ryan Letourneau) is a Canadian a highly charismatic individual who is best known for his usage of a variety of idioms, puns, and vague references to pop culture as well as for his sharp wit and distinctive voice.
In addition, Ryan is a Let’s Play gamer who commentates on Twitch and his YouTube channel ”Northernlion.”
He was born on November 28, 1988, in Kingston, Ontario. Letourneau has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and an Associate’s Degree in Software Development.
Ryan worked as an English teacher for children in Daegu, South Korea for almost one year.
On the 30th of May, 2006, Letourneau started his YouTube channel. His channel has more than 816,000 subscribers. His most popular video is named ”The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth – Let’s Play – Episode 1 [Reborn]”, and has over 2 million views.
Letourneau has created web series by the names of:
- Indie Game of the Week;
- Only in Korea;
- Don’t Play This;
- Let’s Hate;
- Let’s Look At;
- Check Your Privileges;
- Poison Mushroom.
The Binding of Isaac
The first episode was released on the 28th of September, 2011. It is the longest-running series on his channel, as more than 3150 episodes have aired.
Ryan hosts a triweekly live stream event on TwitchTV called the “Northernlion Live Super Show.” He created the NLSS on February 25, 2013. The show is still going, going for 6+ years.
JSmithOTI, RockLeeSmile, and CobaltStreak co-host the live stream with Ryan through Skype and later Discord, and in the past, other YouTubers, like – Hafu, michaelalfox, Brex, TotalBiscuit, Ohmwrecker, FlackBlag, and AlpacaPatrol have also joined.
Each show is three hours long and is scheduled on Mondays from 3 pm PST to 6 pm PST and Wednesdays/Thursdays from 2 pm PST to 5 pm PST.
At the start of every stream, Ryan typically spends the 1st-hour reading fan mail and discussing recent gaming-related news, and the other 2 hours of the stream playing other games. Common games were:
- Family Feud 2010;
- The Binding of Isaac (an indie roguelike video game that was initially released in 2011 for Microsoft Windows, and designed by Florian Himsl and Edmund McMillen);
- Spelunky (a 2008 open-source indie 2D platform video game which was released as freeware for Microsoft Windows and created by Derek Yu).
The first NLSS was streamed on Youtube, with NL by himself. The third NLSS is the first NLSS where JSmithOTI and Rockleesmile are on the show. Later, NLSS would be streamed on Twitch.
In October 2012, Letourneau moved across the country to live in Vancouver.
Letourneau is 5′ 9″ (1.75 meters) tall.
Ryan married Kate Letourneau, AKA LovelyMomo, in May 2014.
Kate is a musician who founded a group called the Hikari Woodwind Quintet, a group of woodwind players that cover video game music. She majored in the Performance of Music – Oboe and created the Hikari Woodwind Quintet.
LovelyMomo is a Twitch and YouTube gamer known for playing games, such as – The Binding of Isaac, The Last of Us, and Destiny. On Twitch she has earned over 62,000 followers, whereas her YouTube channel has more than 83,000 subscribers.
The couple has two cats: Tomo and Ryuka.
As of May 14, 2017, Letourneau is a certified Unity Developer. Unity Certification is an online training program, that was developed by Unity Developers, and it contains practical exercises, instructional videos, and the Unity Certified Developer Exam.
On April 30, 2011, prior to the creation of the NLSS, Letourneau created a podcast with Michaelalfox (a full-time Twitch streamer) and later JSmithOTI.
Ryan had a pet hedgehog named Allegro, that as of 2013 has been sold. Note – the pet may have belonged partially to his girlfriend (now wife).
First mentioned in an episode of his Let’s Play of Cave Story, Ryan is afraid of deep-sea creatures, particularly tentacled creatures like jellyfish.
Letourneau posts an absurd amount of YouTube videos per day on Youtube, that can range from 5 to 8.
Ryan has been a partner with the Machinima Channel (currently owned by Fullscreen Media) and has posted a video series on that YouTube channel called Poison Mushroom.
Letourneau suffers from a really bad case of motion sickness, a common health problem in people traveling by train, car, airplanes, and particularly boats. The symptoms of motion sickness appear when the CNS (central nervous system) receives conflicting messages from the sensory systems:
- the muscle and joint sensory receptors;
- skin pressure receptors;
- the inner ear.
The symptoms of motion sickness typically begin with a feeling of uneasiness followed by dizziness and cold sweats. Some suferrers may exhibit increased saliva production and pale skin along with fatigue and headache. Vomiting and nausea typically occur after these initial signs and symptoms.
Ryan once started a Let’s Play of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, however, he had to abandon it after several episodes because of legal issues.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a 2010 action-adventure video game that is set in an open world and presented from the 3rd-person perspective with the main focus on using Desmond and Ezio’s stealth and combat abilities to explore the environment and eliminate targets.
The video game was first released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in November and December 2010 and was later made available on Microsoft Windows in 2011. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is the 3rd major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, a direct sequel to 2009’s Assassin’s Creed II. It was published by Ubisoft and developed by Ubisoft Montreal.
Northernlion (Ryan Letourneau) – Net Worth
Letourneau earned most of his wealth from advertisements on his YouTube channel that has more than 843 million views (about $1.7 million in revenue), sponsors, and streaming on Twitch. His Twitch account has over 353,000 followers and more than 5.900 subscribers (they bring about $15,000 every month).
Moreover, Ryan sells merch through his website – northernlionlp.com. Therefore, Northernlion has an estimated net worth of $2.8 million.
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