In the sporting world, there is something akin to a tipping point when it comes to teams or players receiving the undying love of not only its own fanbase but people around the world. Take the New England Patriots, for instance. The NFL franchise has become a dynasty, and is almost always in the Super Bowl. So much so that it's hard to imagine anyone but their own fans rooting for them any longer.
Believe it or not, that mentality has already started to show itself in the still relatively young world of esports. Fortnite and Apex Legends streamer Tyler Blevins, better known as Ninja, recently discussed the phenomenon during one of his recent livestreams. You can listen to him below discussing how he believes that everyone now roots against him during big events.
Ninja, who boasts 13 million followers on Twitch, says during the stream "no one wants to see it. There are more people who want to see me fail than want to see me succeed." When he competes in tournaments, he believes that "everyone is rooting for everyone else." If that is the case, then those people will likely be pretty disappointed right about now. The Fortnite-famous streamer has been having a lot of success in Apex Legends competitions too.
What seems to be bothering Ninja most about the hate towards him is that a great deal of it appears to be coming from who he assumed were his fans. He points out that a lot of the negative comments come from those who are subscribed to his channel, labeling them losers. "I'd like for my own subs to be positive and support me," he added.
As hurtful as some of the comments might be, what Ninja needs to remember is that the likelihood is most of the negative remarks are born from jealousy. The streamer plays video games for a living, something most of us would love to do. What's more, he is making a lot of money doing it. Ninja claims to have earned $10 million in 2018 alone.