He is regarded by many as a modern-day icon of gaming. Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins streams Fortnite 10 hours a day on average (more during fundraising events). Naturally, as someone who is synonymous with Fortnite, we want to know more about him. Although Ninja has said that he probably won't stream Fortnite forever, he likely won't stop playing the game anytime soon.
Most of his fanbase is supported through esports and streaming Fortnite. He makes the majority of his income from stream donations and sponsors. Due to the size of his fanbase, it's no wonder why he is one of Time magazine's top 100 most influential people of 2019. These are 10 facts about Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins you may not have known.
10 He Practices Fortnite—A Lot!
He happens to be really talented at Fortnite and is more than just a personality. Without a doubt, Ninja excels as an entertainer. He has stated that much of his success is due to his personality. Practice makes perfect, and in Ninja's case, he plays Fortnite more than 10 hours per day. He once took a 48-hour break, and as a result, he lost 40,000 followers on Twitch. His dedication to his craft is like few others. Ninja knows what it takes to win competitions, and that's one reason for why so many like him.
9 Ninja Made Almost $10 Million In 2018
Ninja doesn't have to worry about money now that he is a multi-millionaire. Reportedly, Ninja earned $10 million in 2018. As someone who made his earnings in video games, he is truly living the dream. It was early in Ninja's life that he realized he wanted to earn a living playing video games. When he was younger, Ninja would come home from school, do his homework quickly, and then play Halo 2 for the rest of the day. Nowadays, Ninja earns the majority of his income from Twitch subscriptions and his various sponsors including Red Bull.
8 He's Plays Fortnite With Rapper Drake
Rapper Drake is a worldwide celebrity, but did you know that he is part-owner of a professional esports league? Drake is also a casual Fortnite player, but he is getting more serious now that he is co-owner of the esports company "100 Thieves."
When Drake is not busy rapping or making smart investments, he sometimes plays Fortnite with Ninja. Drake has played with the professional gamer more than once and will likely play with Ninja again. Drake plays under the name "TheBoyDuddus," and Ninja plays under his usual tag.
7 He Has A Music Album Titled "Ninjawerks: vol 1."
It's pretty amazing that even small clips of Ninja are gaining more than 100,000 views. Almost anything Ninja-related is popular, and that includes the release of a music album that took on Ninja as a partner. Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins partnered with Astralwerks for the release of the music album. The music on the album is a blend of electronic dance music. Indeed, the music on Ninjawerks is excellent and worth checking out. It can be listened to while gaming or for other occasions.
6 He's Really, Really Popular On Social Media
Being popular on social media is essential to growing a fanbase. Naturally, Ninja has an Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube channel, and Twitch streaming account. It seems like a lot, and it is. Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins has attained a sizeable following through is various social media platforms. He has more than 13 million followers on Instagram, more than 4 million followers on Twitter, and more than 20 million subscribers on YouTube. If you want to improve your game or watch funny clips, you should follow Ninja right away.
5 He Donates A Significant Amount Of His Income To Charity
When Ninja earns money while streaming, a significant amount of his earnings is donated to his Guardian Con charity. Guardian Con is known for raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It is one of the biggest charities that is supported by the gaming community. During the Guardian Con charity fundraiser, an anonymous donator donated $100,000 to Ninja's charity—a sizeable amount that is not that strange for Ninja's stream. Ninja contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the $2.7 million total
4 Halo Was A Huge Influence In His Life
Before Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins was a full-time Fortnite streamer, he was a regular esports competitor who played Halo exclusively. Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins had a love for Halo, which is what inspired him to make video games his career.
Currently, Ninja plays for Luminosity Gaming, but in the past, he has played for teams such as UoR Invictus, Final Boss, Turning Point, and Elite Four. Mega-popular Twitch streamers don't have to be top-tier players to gain followers, but it probably won't hurt your chances.
3 He's Married To Twitch Streamer Jessica Goch
Recently, Ninja and Jessica went to the Time 100 Gala where they met celebrities such as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Emilia Clarke, and Jimmy Fallon. Jessica Goch is a major influence in Ninja's life, and even more so now that they're married. Jessica Goch is not a stranger to the gaming community. She once said that she started gaming at five years old. As a Twitch streamer, she has almost 500,000 followers and has more than 2 million views on the channel. Watch Jessica Blevins on Twitch to see her cooking show, fun games, and IRL live streams.
2 He Once Played Fornite With Ellen DeGeneres
Now that Ninja is a celebrity, it's not out of the ordinary for him to appear on talk shows. He has already appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon twice, and recently, Ninja appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he got a chance to play Fortnite with Ellen.
Ellen DeGeneres frantically tried to keep her character alive while Ninja showed off his prowess in the game. Without a doubt, appearing on Ellen's show will grow his popularity. More opportunities like this will grow Ninja's fan base and keep him as the most followed streamer on Twitch.
1 He And Marshmello Won Epic's First Ever Fortnite Charity Tournament
Ninja and Marshmello won the first ever Epic Games Celebrity pro-am Fortnite tournament. During the Fortnite tournament, professional players were matched with celebrities. Among the other celebrities who competed in Epic Games' first ever Fortnite tournament was Joel McHale, Chandler Higgs from The Walking Dead, and more than three Arrowverse actors.
It was a grueling match, and after Ninja's two losses in the warmups, the odds were stacked against him. Miraculously, Ninja and Marshmello managed to be the last duo standing, winning $1 million for their charity.