The Biggest Controversies of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins’ Streaming Career

Published 09/01/2021, 2:14 PM EDT


More often than not, a streamer will have a few slip-ups during their career. While they may receive some level of backlash, they can always use the criticism to better themselves. However, when you are as popular as Ninja, there is a much bigger spotlight shed on your mistakes.

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Some of the events surrounding his mistakes have actually helped Tyler gain more followers, while others have cost him lucrative business opportunities. These are some of the biggest controversies surrounding the Twitch streamer, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins.

Ninja accidentally spews a racial slur on stream

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One of the worst offenses you can commit as a streamer is passing a racist comment. In March 2018, Ninja was listening to Logic’s ’44 More’ live on his stream with the founder of 100 Thieves, Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag. For the most part, the stream was quite enjoyable, but Ninja ended up singing a racial expletive that was not a part of the actual song.

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In the aftermath of the event, Ninja received tons of criticism despite the fact that his words were not meant to offend anyone. He apologized in a lengthy tweet stating “it’s my responsibility to never let there be THIS kind of a misunderstanding. More than anything, I hate that any of my friends, fans, or viewers might feel disrespected.”

Ninja openly refuses to stream with female gamers

August 2018 saw another controversy come Ninja’s way when he officially revealed that he would not stream with female gamers. In his defense, Ninja explained to Polygon, “If I have one conversation with one female streamer where we’re playing with one another, and even if there’s a hint of flirting, that is going to be taken and going to be put up on every single video and be clickbait forever.”

 

Thus, you will often see him team up with male streamers like TimTheTatMan and Dr Lupo but his wife is the only female you will find on his regular streams.

Accused Drake of using him

Drake is considered by many as the king of the rap game. As a result, when Ninja got the opportunity to stream Fortnite alongside the rap icon, it was considered a life-changing experience. However, some streams later, he revealed his true thoughts on the collaboration.

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He accused Drake of using him, saying “I feel like Drake saw that I was up-and-coming in the gaming scene, and he thought it would be the perfect way to just tap into another source of viewers by playing with me.” This was quite a bold move and out of character for Ninja. The Toronto-based rapper did not take too kindly to Blevins’ remarks and unfollowed him on Twitter shortly after.

Tyler disrespects his ‘Halo’ origins

Considering Ninja kicked off his E-sports career as a professional Halo player in 2009 and continued to compete at the highest level till 2017, you would think he has a deep appreciation for the game. However, this was not the case in August 2017, right before the Halo Championship Series, Pro League began. He described the E-sports body governing the game as a ‘joke’ and went on to say, “there’s 100 percent no budget there and there’s definitely not enough people or staff. It’s because they don’t f***ing care.”

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Despite all the trouble he has gotten into, Ninja’s loyal audience has always had his back. This just goes to show how important it is to invest in your fans. What, according to you, is Tyler’s most controversial moment yet? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Aaron Dias

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Aaron Dias is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently, he is a student at Xaviers College and is heavily invested in eSports. His interest in eSports began when he was young, with titles like FIFA, WWE, and Grand Theft Auto.

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