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Richard Tyler Blevins (born: June 5, 1991 (1991-06-05) [age 28]), better known online as Ninja (formerly NinjasHyper), is an American YouTuber, Twitch Streamer and a professional eSports Gamer who is mostly known for playing and streaming Fortnite: Battle Royale.

Tyler was previously known for livestreaming himself playing Halo, H1Z1, and Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) before playing Fortnite, along with playing Realm Royale, Blackout, Sea of Thieves and Apex Legends alongside his Fortnite journey. He found success streaming Halo and became the number one streamer online.

Tyler is currently the most followed streamer on Twitch, having over 12 million followers and 350 million views on Twitch. Along with being the most followed Twitch user, Tyler's YouTube channel currently has over 21.9 million subscribers and more than 1.8 billion video views. He is currently the most subscribed YouTube channel in the Fortnite community, surpassing Ali-A in June, 2018.

About

Tyler is more known as a Twitch streamer. It all started when his dad was addicted to games, he played all night. Young Tyler followed his dad's footsteps. Tyler started playing competitively in 2009 and joined in his first tournament featuring Halo. He earned money by participating and winning tournaments with his current team, Luminosity. Tyler has two older brothers named John (born September 20, 1987 (1987-09-20) [age 31]) and Chris (born May 4, 1989 (1989-05-04) [age 30]). According to John, when Tyler was about 10 he begged him to play Halo.

Primarily, Tyler mostly plays Fortnite. Many call him the "best Fortnite player in the world" and look up to him for that widely shared opinion which thus creates more popularity for the game. He has self-proclaimed that he is also known for his "goofy energetic personality" and "incredible impressions" in his videos, and has been the fastest growing Fortnite YouTuber since. However, ever since July he has been getting more disrespect from some of the Fortnite community and others as well being cynical about him. This has led to Tyler hate accounts and offensive memes being made, as well as massive controversies calling Tyler a hypocrite and toxic person.

Fortnite Events

Ninja Vegas Tournament

Tyler was able to create his own tournament featuring Fortnite and a lot of professional players, YouTubers, and Twitch Streamers.[1][2] The tournament is based on eliminating Tyler. There are 9 games and 3 heats. Each heat is a group of Fortnite players who signed up to play in the tournament. If Tyler wins a game of Fortnite, $2,500 will be added to Tyler if you eliminate Tyler. The money starts off with $2,500. If you eliminate Tyler, you win $2,500. But if Tyler loses after winning a game, the money goes back down to $2,500. But if Tyler won a game, and you eliminates him the next game, you win $5,000. If Tyler won 2 games in a row, you can win $7,500 if you eliminate Tyler afterward. If you win a game of Fortnite at the tournament, you also get $2,500. All the money Tyler earned in the tournament was sent to the Alzheimer's Association for Charity. The tournament was live on Twitch and it made a new world record of the most watched on Twitch, over 680,000+ viewers. Which is 40,000+ more than Tyler collaborating with rapper Drake.

Ninja Vegas Tournament Results
Heat # Game # Winner Winner's Elimination Count Ninja Eliminated by Ninja's Position Ninja's Elimination Count
1 1 Blind 6 Blind 11th 4
1 2 Blind 9 niibs 24th 4
1 3 Saint 2 Saint 2nd 10
2 1 Ninja 5 -- 1st 5
2 2 VVPunisher 9 VVPunisher 5th 5
2 3 Tempo Payne 2 HELL 35th 1
3 1 Sneak E Beaver 4 Sneak E Beaver 2nd 10
3 2 4DRStorm 5 Sneak E Beaver 29th 1
3 3 ExoticChaotic 4 Xarc4 31st 2

Pro-Am Tournament

Pro-Am Fortnite Tournament is a tournament where there are 50 professional players playing, but with 50 other celebrities (actors, musicians, etc) playing Fortnite as well. In Game 1, it's every person for themselves (solo). In Game 2, you are playing duos, with one teammate being the pro player, and the other being a celebrity. Game 3 is another Duo game. However, the third game is where you win money depending on which place you're in. First place is $1,000,000 richer.[3]

Tyler's Duo partner was Marshmello.

  • 1st place: $1,000,000
  • 2nd place: $500,000
  • 3rd place: $250,000
  • 4th place: $100,000
  • 5th place: $80,000
  • 6th place: $70,000
  • 7th place: $60,000
  • 8th place: $50,000
  • 9th place: $40,000
  • 10th place: $30,000
Ninja's Pro-Am Results (2018)
Game # Winner Winner's Eliminations Ninja Eliminated by Ninja's Position Ninja's Eliminations
1 NoahJ456 6 Gotaga 56th 0
2 Sean O & Kinstaar 10 (Kinstaar) Kinstaar 2nd 3
3 Ninja & Marshmello 2 (Marshmello) -- 1st 4


New Years Event

Tyler announced at TwitchCon 2018 that he will be setting up a livestream at Times Square, where the New Years Ball Drop takes place, where he will play and stream Fortnite, as usual, at the location to celebrate New Years. Tyler plays with his collaborators Timthetatman, DrLupo and CouRage along with bringing in special guests onto the livestream to play Fortnite together with Tyler and one of his collaborators. The livestream started at 4 PM ET up until 4 AM ET after the new years ball drop.

Controversy

Jake Paul's Misleading Clickbait

On March 17, 2018, a YouTuber known as Jake Paul made a video called, "I DONATED $200K TO MY FAV TWITCH STREAMER (ninja)"[4], and in that video, Jake Paul only donates to his friend, according to Jake Paul. Tyler never showed up in the video, but was in the thumbnail and title. After the release of the video, many fans who donated to Tyler, including his friend KingRichard, questioned Tyler saying if Jake Paul actually donated to him. Tyler keeps saying that Jake Paul used him for attention. On April 23, 2018, Tyler joined the 'H3 Podcast' episode 63[5]. At one point of the video, h3h3Productions told Tyler his opinion about the Jake Paul controversy and what might Tyler do. Tyler first said that he didn't reach out to Jake Paul because he does not want to talk about Drama or any controversy that is going towards him. Tyler also mentions that he is trying to strike down every channel that puts his content that is a simple gameplay, but not montages. On April 29, 2018, after all the controversy shown, Jake Paul finally makes a video called, "My Response To Ninja..."[6], and in that video, Jake responds about the controversy, and he apologizes to Tyler about it. Afterwards, Jake Paul changed the Title from "Ninja" to "Insane Reaction", and showed the people Jake Paul actually donated towards.

Tyler says the N' word

On March 28, 2018, Tyler was rapping the lyrics of the song "Logic - 44 more"[7] while on Nadeshot's stream (Tyler wasn't streaming himself) and Tyler after rapping the third line of the song said "my n***a" which wasn't in the actual song at all (and continued on to the last part of the fourth line, "and compartmentalize ya"). At first, Tyler ignored the fact he said that in the stream but Nadeshot heard it (as you can see a shocked expression on his face and that's all he did). Some people thought it wasn't that serious because he was rapping and not using as any harm and he didn't use the racial counterpart with a hard R, but others compared it to PewDiePie's slip up which was way worse (as he used the hard R version out of anger). Tyler the next day after noticing his incident spread on the news released four statements on Twitter. The first statement says he doesn't want anyone to feel disrespected or misunderstood.[8] The second statement says he wants people to feel safe and welcome and never wants anyone to be hurt.[9] In the third statement Tyler explains the word's usage, and that's he all about equality.[10] The last statement says that Tyler didn't mean any malicious intent and that he wasn't even trying to say the word and just fumbled lyrics and got tongue tied, and apologizes.[11]

Jack Doherty vs. Ninja

On March 30, 2018, a YouTuber known as Jack Doherty, who is a YouTube vlogger, made a video called, "EXPOSING NINJA!" [12] where he talks about Tyler direct messaging Jack to take down the donation video Jack did to Tyler. If Jack didn't take down the video, Tyler would give him a strike on his channel. Jack did remove the video and afterwards, Tyler blocked Jack on Twitter. Tyler did mention in the beginning that he refunded all of Jack's donations and then told to take down the video. Jack then responded talking about MrBeast donating to Tyler and that Tyler was alright with it. Tyler never did respond to the MrBeast video, and continued to tell Jack to take down the video within the next 8 hours. Tyler also mentions that Jack made a lot of money off the video. And Tyler says again that he refunded, and said the video was fake. Jack then shows that he donated Tyler $300 and did not refund the money. After the video release, it was released on DramaAlert, and both Tyler and DramaAlert fans defended Tyler and Jack received thousands of dislikes off his video.

H1Z1 Rages

Tyler said in a March 2018 livestream to not bully people and to not make fun of them.[13] People then shared his clips back from 2017 when Tyler used to play H1Z1, with one being of him eliminating a kid who said "aww, fuck you f*ggot" in which Tyler shouted back at the kid "THE F*CK YOU SAY TO ME YOU LITTLE SH*T?" in which the kid laughs and Tyler mocks his laugh. He than asks the kid if he kisses his mother with that mouth and why he is not in school at that time. The kid laughs again and questions why he is so mad at him, and Tyler mocks him again and tries to explain how bad the youth of society is, but the kid interrupts, creating loud static with his mic and Tyler shouts at him telling him to listen while he's talking to him. The static dies down, and seconds later Tyler realizes it was Presidents Day which explains why the kid wasn’t in school (the kid even said so but Tyler couldn’t hear him).[14] Tyler has made multiple responses to this occurrence after it happened, especially after he blew up in fame, describing how the kid was toxic and that Tyler decided to get furious at him for comedic effect and he was not as mad as he displayed himself.[15] Since he blew up in fame, the occurrence has became a meme and inside joke, with Tyler’s friends sometimes joking around with him saying the famous line.

Another includes a kid who said "f*ck you Ninja" and Tyler replies with saying "f*ck you kid. You're adopted."[16] and a final clip where he is furious towards OhMyPulse, after eliminating Tyler in Fortnite and saying that Pulse and his friend "stream sniped" him, with Tyler dropping multiple insults.[17] It has been claimed Tyler doesn’t act like this anymore by many fans which is true since the spring of 2018 when he went family friendly.

Death Hoax

On July 17, 2018, a variety of Tyler's fans were worried and confused if Tyler had passed away due to Ligma, which is an aggressive string of ebola, and started as a meme called "Ligma Balls". Many people has been saying "RIP" on Instagram because he had contracted Ligma. But was believed to be a hoax.

Ninja hater

A user on Instagram, known as 'Ninja_Hater' made an instagram post on the night of July 16, 2018 saying "Spread this. Let's make fake news. OC". He then showed an image of "Tyler" in heaven along with other well-known people and animals featuring, Harambe, Michael Jackson, Billy Mays, Lil Peep, and many more with the phrase "Join us, Ninja". The main reason for it was because he hasn't posted in days. On July 18, further confusion arised; as commentated Fortnite gameplay was posted on Tyler's YouTube, Twitter and Twitch accounts. Despite the fact it had been two days since his "death" at the time. An investigation is taking place as to how a Fortnite stream featuring Tyler occured days later.

On July 20, 2018, Instagram user spookid uploaded a clip from a stream that featured a Tyler impersonator, which showed 'Tyler' requesting moderators to ban users who mentioned Ligma in the chat, stating that first offenses would be met with a 24-hour ban and repeat offenses would be permanently banned.[18]

On July 22, 2018, PewDiePie posted a Meme Review covering the Ligma "meme", applied to both Tyler and other internet celebrities such as H3h3Productions and Supreme Patty.[19] Tyler did comment on the video saying "RIP ninja... that damn ligma" which was later pinned by PewDiePie. However, the comment was deleted.

Female Twitch Streamers

On August 9, 2018 at the Samsung event and previously weeks before on stream, Tyler had explained why he doesn't play with female Twitch streamers.[20] The decision had a lot of controversy, and was shared by Polygon.[21] Tyler explained why he decided not to play with female streamers, is because it will cause drama and a relationship. Tyler says if he made a joke with the female, it would be clipped and used for clickbait and manipulation on YouTube, and can make people think that Tyler is sexist and JGhosty (Tyler's wife) "angry". His decision had gotten a lot of support, but the females did not respect his decision. But other female streamers also agreed with Tyler's decision, one of them being Valkyrae. Tyler also explains that he has nothing against female streamers nor does he hate them. The only thing he hates is the clickbait if he possibly ever plays with a female.

Reporting Players

Ban Attempt Towards a Non-Stream Sniper

In the evening of November 10, 2018, Tyler had thought he was eliminated by a stream sniper who goes by IcyFive.[22] After Tyler gets eliminated by IcyFive, DrLupo said "wait for the emote", and IcyFive did do an emote. Tyler then immediately reports him for allegedly stream sniping. After the report, Tyler tells IcyFive to leave the game and not get eliminated by someone. Immediately after what had happened, people started friend requesting IcyFive telling them that Tyler reported him. IcyFive immediately said that he did not stream snipe, and only emoted because he had 6 spectators. IcyFive made a video about the situation and said he played squads to help a 9 year old kid get his first Fortnite win.

DrLupo did respond to IcyFive and said "I didn't think you did, all good on my end.[23]", which was both supportive and hated on, because Tyler's fans do think IcyFive stream sniped, but others did not think that. Tyler also responded saying "Did you use to have an account called ninjasrealloot? Lol[24]", and which was completely hated due to it being childish and immature. IcyFive responded to Tyler saying that he owned an older account named 'Historical' and 'IcyViiral', until it was hacked.

3 hours after the situation, Tyler on Twitter admitted he was wrong and apologized to IcyFive. In the same tweet, which was a reply, he told people to stop milking the situation and claims IcyFive is trying to play the victim.[25] IcyFive responds saying that he knows Tyler can get him banned, which Tyler later explains that Epic Games investigates the player's actions and doesn't blindly do what the reporter says, famous or not.

After the entire situation, many of Tyler's haters then mocked Tyler by saying he blames every time he gets eliminated in Fortnite on stream sniping, going far to claim he would blame it on the storm or a trap. DrDisRespect also mocks Tyler as well[26], with NICKMERCS laughing.

Tyler did apologize publicly on the incident, but some say his apology was not 100% mature.

"Banning" a player with higher ping

On October 3, 2018, Tyler was eliminated by a player who possibly had high ping.[27] Tyler was placing a wall to prevent the players' bullets from going through, but since Tyler was on low health and the player was using an SMG the bullets eliminating Tyler as soon as the wall was destroyed. Tyler was suspicious of how fast it happened then reported the player for "having a higher ping than me". A Reddit post was published on November 16, 2018 by the player claiming he was supposedly banned, which made a lot of Fortnite fans think Epic Games is becoming careless. However, Tyler's report was not the reason for the players ban, it was someone faking the ban and was successfully done to slander Tyler and the Epic Games staff. Tyler responded on stream to this occurrence by stating that he jokingly reported him and knew that he wouldn't get the guy banned.

A staff member (Boomer) responded on Reddit about Tyler having a player banned for having high ping.

"We take the reporting and actioning of accounts very seriously. We treat every report the same and follow the same process to determine what action is necessary.

There are two accounts involved in this: Account A which was the account originally reported by Ninja and Account B which is tied to a YouTube video we discovered

  • On Oct 2nd, Account B was disabled for reasons unrelated to player reporting.
  • On Oct 3rd, Account A was reported by Ninja. It was investigated and not actioned due to lack of evidence.
  • On Oct 4th, Account A changed their display name away from the name reported on October 3.
  • On Nov 13th, Account B was re-enabled based on a review of the underlying system.
  • On Nov 17th, account B changed their display name to match the display name of account A at the time of Ninja's report.

We became aware of a YouTube video claiming that we banned (and then unbanned) account B based on Ninja's report, which is false. We hope this clears up the sequence of actions."[28]

Ninja Responds

Tyler made a response on DramaAlert and says that he was being a troll when the stream sniping incident happened on November 10, and made a public apology.

As another controversy came in on November 16, Tyler mentions that the "banned" player had actually changed his username of another banned account to make it look like he’d been punished for the high ping report. However, the ban was found out to be false, and was used to slander Tyler and to make him look bad. Which, said by Tyler, was successful.[29]

Drake's Fortnite Account Hacked

During Tyler's charity livestream on November 23, 2018, Tyler receives an invite from Drake's Fortnite account named 'Duddus647' (on PlayStation 'TheBoyDuddus') to play Fortnite duos.[30] Tyler previously played with Drake last on April 10, 2018 and became Tyler's 2nd most viewed live viewers before Ninja Vegas. Tyler was skeptical at the start of it all happening, and said he didn't think Drake meant to send him an invite. Regardless, he accepts the invite and readies up. "Drake" had not said anything, and which Tyler thought it could be that "Drake's" audio isn't connected. Shortly after getting into the match, he realizes that the player on Drake's account is playing on a PC and not a PlayStation. He gets more skeptical, still unsure if it's him or not (he also said it could be one of Drake's friends playing). About a minute later, the hacker who got into Drake's account connected his mic, and seconds later spammed the N' bomb with a hard R 9 times heard. Tyler immediately left the match and leaves the hacker's party. He responds "Well. There you go! Fake Drake!" with nervous laughter, and says "Well that was awkward! (laughs) On a charity live stream! What are you gonna do about that?". Tyler continues to react with laughter for a few more seconds, and afterwards says "I'm gonna text Drake and tell him his account was hacked" then nervously laughs again. A few more seconds in he stops laughing/grinning and starts seeing the situation more seriously, then says "I'm going to report that guy to Epic and hopefully something serious happens, we'll see" and contacts Epic about the hacker. After Tyler goes into the next match, he says "Jesus Christ man. What is wrong with people?" and minutes later in responses to two donations reacting to the situation says "(with regret) I should've known something was up when I realized he wasn't on his PlayStation" and "That's life man. You have to block out all the stupid idiots and negativity and all the racism."

The situation became controversial as many fans believed Tyler could get banned from Twitch because of it, but wasn't since it wasn't in his will. Tyler made no responses to the situation on social media, and neither has Drake (it's not even known if Drake responded to the text Tyler sent him).

Quotes

  • LET'S GO BABY!
  • Got him.
  • THAT'S WHAT WE DO!
  • Uh, I can explain.
  • Hit your shots, kid.
  • You're trash kid, get good!
  • Can I get a YEEEE-HOIII-SHIIIIIIIT!
  • OH MY GOD!
  • MUUURP
  • BRRR
  • Are you out of your mind!?
  • PENTAKILL!
  • Disco disco good good!
  • Gotta love it when there's proof!
  • COURAGE JAYYYY DEEEEE!!!
  • Quit horsing around! Play me some of that jumping music.
  • Not even a thank you?
  • Oh my god it’s massive!
  • The F you say me to you little?!!
  • Uhh you’re the one who got knocked!


Trivia

  • Tyler shares the same birthday with FaZe Adapt.
  • Tyler, his brothers and his oldest brother's wife starred in Family Feud in early 2015 in four episodes.[31]
    • This originated from Tyler coming up with the idea himself in 2013, and coming up with an audition home tape in early 2014 due to there being no audition areas nearby where he lived.
  • The Fortnite username, 'Ninja' was quickly already taken at Fortnite's release, and Tyler's username was 'NinjasHyper' (which was his username before just 'Ninja'). During Tyler's stream on March 26, 2018, Fortnite changed his Fortnite username from 'NinjasHyper' to 'Ninja', and disabled the account that quickly had 'Ninja' due to it being inactive.[32]
  • Tyler has met Snoop Dogg at TwitchCon 2016.[33]
  • Tyler is the first person to go from 1 million to 10 million subscribers in under 100 days without being a music channel.[34]

Collaborations

Tyler has collaborated with and played against other professional Fortnite players and famous streamers, and even other famous people.

Subscriber Milestones

Note the following dates are according to SocialBlade.com the dates may vary by about 1 day, and if you live outside of North America the dates may vary by up to 2 days due to the Time Zone Difference.

  • 1 million subscribers: January 26, 2018.
  • 2 million subscribers: February 3, 2018.
  • 3 million subscribers: February 25, 2018.
  • 4 million subscribers: March 8, 2018.
  • 5 million subscribers: March 18, 2018.
  • 6 million subscribers: March 25, 2018.
  • 7 million subscribers: April 3, 2018.
  • 8 million subscribers: April 12, 2018.
  • 9 million subscribers: April 22, 2018.
  • 10 million subscribers: May 3, 2018.
  • 11 million subscribers: May 13, 2018.
  • 12 million subscribers: May 24, 2018.
  • 13 million subscribers: June 9, 2018.
  • 14 million subscribers: June 23, 2018.
  • 15 million subscribers: July 11, 2018.
  • 16 million subscribers: August 1, 2018.
  • 17 million subscribers: August 23, 2018.
  • 18 million subscribers: September 15, 2018.
  • 19 million subscribers: October 16, 2018.
  • 20 million subscribers: November 27, 2018.
  • 21 million subscribers: January 14, 2019.
  • 22 million subscribers: May 11, 2019.

Video View Milestones

  • 100 million video views: February 18, 2018.
  • 200 million video views: March 15, 2018.
  • 300 million video views: March 30, 2018.
  • 400 million video views: April 15, 2018.
  • 500 million video views: April 27, 2018.
  • 600 million video views: May 11, 2018.
  • 700 million video views: May 26, 2018.
  • 800 million video views: June 11, 2018.
  • 900 million video views: June 28, 2018.
  • 1 billion video views: July 17, 2018.
  • 1.1 billion video views: August 9, 2018.
  • 1.2 billion video views: August 25, 2018.
  • 1.3 billion video views: September 12, 2018.
  • 1.4 billion video views: October 9, 2018.
  • 1.5 billion video views: November 11, 2018.
  • 1.6 billion video views: December 23, 2018.
  • 1.7 billion video views: February 4, 2019.

Wikitubia Age Rating

  • TV-PG (Recent Videos)
  • TV-14 (Older Videos)

Gallery


References

  1. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/253032401
  2. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/253076855
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPEIPu0V8GQ
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKBCN5E7FrU
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s12qaVEyW14
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MH0sZpm6Uw
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmJg9iWQEBw
  8. https://twitter.com/Ninja/status/979368162910187520
  9. https://twitter.com/Ninja/status/979368217553657856
  10. https://twitter.com/Ninja/status/979368313313812480
  11. https://twitter.com/Ninja/status/979368409174593537
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnJ9yFmvgV4
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c2WpXeI8zQ
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjbZGsDxi1k
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2axj9Ukecsc&t=1m14s
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7hsv7size4&t=1m39s
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILF_ItiuJuE
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDvtj-lJyU0
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzVZ9TJWxMw
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqLmWO_se0U&t=2m56s
  21. https://www.polygon.com/2018/8/13/17686818/ninja-female-streamers-twitch-response
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfPqgYXMjh8
  23. https://twitter.com/DrLupo/status/1061506882395873280
  24. https://twitter.com/Ninja/status/1061689944568201218
  25. https://twitter.com/Ninja/status/1061682275358855169
  26. https://twitter.com/drdisrespect/status/1061733911372357632
  27. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6WwkJ2R3hQ
  28. https://fortniteintel.com/epic-games-deny-they-banned-a-player-because-ninja-reported-them-for-high-ping/7277/
  29. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEFqm9-W0xo
  30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHMRAkf6FOI
  31. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMa9nqwQhBk
  32. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRu5sz_mzNA
  33. https://www.facebook.com/NinjaTB/photos/a.1023765541064930/1104775456297271/?type=3&theater
  34. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVnaueYeoVU



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