Fortnite Star Ninja Makes a Shocking Nintendo Admission in a High-Stakes Poker Game

Published 05/03/2022, 11:49 AM EDT

Nintendo has always tried to stay in the spotlight by being one of the most controversial (and obviously successful) companies in the gaming industry. The Japanese giant has sued multiple people over the infringement of their games.

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Apart from that, Universal studios had reportedly sued the company for making the Donkey Kong game as the game was a rip-off of the high-selling Universal studios’ movie, ‘King Kong.’

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And now, American YouTuber Ninja also has something to add.

Ninja made a surprising revelation

In recent times, Ninja revealed he wanted to raise the stakes of the EVO 2019 prize pool by $500,000. He even claimed to have put in a proposal for it but got no response from the company.

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To all those who don’t know who Ninja is, he is a popular Fortnite streamer and Youtuber with over 24 million subscribers. His Twitch channel became the most followed channel in December 2021, with 17 million followers.

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The entire controversy started in 2018 when Tyler posted on his Twitter, calling out all Smash Bros fans to be ready as something was coming up. But the topic never gained much clout as there was hardly anything to discuss.

Last week, during a casual poker game with fellow celebrities, Ninja revealed the entire scene. He said (translated via Google Translator), “I wanted to increase the EVO (prize) pot by about $500,000”, but Nintendo probably never responded to this proposal.

With Nintendo’s history for sharing the controversial spotlight, it will not be hard for its fans to believe this.

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Smash Bros. and the troubled relationship

The Smash Bros. community has also claimed to share a very complicated relationship with the Japanese franchise. A prime example of this can be the 2013 Smash Bros. Melee tournament at the EVO Championship, where Nintendo even tried to cancel the event but failed to do so.

The EVO championship was created for all kinds of fighting games. It is held once every year and is considered one of the biggest events in the gaming industry. Smash Bros. Ultimate and Smash Bros. Melee championships continued to feature in the EVO after that until they got canceled in the 2020 lineup.

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Atharv Phadke

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Atharv is an eSports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Journalism from Mumbai University, Atharv has a keen eye for writing engaging content. He enjoys all kinds of games but thoroughly follows FPS games such as Call of Duty, Apex Legends and Fortnite.

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