Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is one of the most popular streamers around, with nearly 15 million followers on Twitch and 20 million on YouTube. He’s known for playing games like PUBG, H1Z1, and Halo, among others.
With the rise of Fortnite, a well-known Battle Royale game, Ninja’s fame exploded. In 2018 alone, Ninja managed to earn over $15 million through Twitch and YouTube revenue. For someone playing his PC at home, that’s a ton of money!
Aside from Ninja’s engaging streams, people continue to be amazed by his incredible gaming skills. Today, we take a short tour through his life and mention some of his greatest gaming achievements. Ready? Fight!
Ninja started early.
Ninja decided to start gaming professionally when he was 18 years old. His first game of choice was Halo 3. He shifted through lots of internationally famous teams like Leftovers, Renegades, Cloud9, Team Liquid, and Luminosity Gaming. As soon as the Twitch platform was started in the middle of 2011, he became intrigued and jumped right in.
Ninja initially built his fanbase by streaming a popular Battle Royale game, H1Z1, in which he earned first place at 2015 H1Z1 Invitational. At the beginning of 2017, he decided to switch to PUBG. It was right around this time that he made a partnership with Luminosity Gaming, which is based in Los Angeles. With them, Ninja achieved first place at PUBG Squads Gamescom 2017 tournament.
Becoming a star
Ninja soon heard there was a new game in town, and by the end of 2017 jumped into streaming Fortnite. At this time he still had a “modest” following of 500,000. Little did he know that the game would explode in popularity in the next few months and he would become a gaming rockstar.
In March of 2018, Ninja made headlines by gaming with some famous people like Drake, NFL player JuJu Smith, and Travis Scott. Over 600,000 people tuned in to watch him play with Drake, which became the most viewed Twitch stream ever.
In April, Ninja decided to take things to the next level. He organized Ninja Vegas, a wildly popular event followed by approximately 667,000 viewers. During this time, Ninja earned over $712,000 from subscriptions in only one month!
In September of 2018, Ninja was interviewed for ESPN The Magazine and became the first eSports gamer on its cover. With this event, Ninja completely broke into the mainstream.
Gaming is hard work
Don’t be mistaken that professional gaming is all fun and ease. Ninja is known for his incredible work ethic and has spent over 3,800 hours in just one year of streaming Fortnite. This amounts to 95 full 8-hour workweeks for an average of 11 hours per day! Ninja knows the importance of discipline and didn’t let his success make him complacent.
Aside from the insane hours he puts in, Ninja’s gaming setup gives him an edge. There’s a big difference between your greasy office-friendly mouse and the top-of-the-line monster from FinalMouse that he uses for gaming. Good equipment definitely helps, and it took him years to find the right combination to complement his play.
One of the things Ninja has learned from years of the gaming experience is never to go down with the ship. He also believes that Fortnite will remain relevant for quite a while. That’s why he secured himself by partnering with Red Bull eSports and Epic Games. He earns big money from Fortnite’s Support a Creator option.
Another side of Ninja
It’s easy for people to think Ninja is just hoarding the money he’s earned from countless hours of gaming, but that’s not the case. He makes monthly donations that pay for surgeries for sheltered animals. Ninja also often talks about his struggles with depression, and offers motivation to other people.
That’s why, in February of 2018, Ninja conducted a charity stream in which he collected $110,000 to donate to the Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In April, he also participated in #Clips4Kids, and with the help of other streamers like Dr. Lupo and Timthetatman, raised over $340,000.
This was all topped at the end of the year, when Ninja earned first place at the E3 Celebrity Pro-AM for a donation of $1 million.
Ninja is here to stay
Thanks to a mix of smart business decisions, engaging personality, and next-level gaming skills, there seems to be no end in sight for Ninja. He also secured his popularity by constantly being relevant. This is his age, and he ain’t going anywhere anytime soon.