“Find a Replacement for Me”- Ninja Decides Against Competing in Valorant

Published 05/11/2021, 1:33 PM EDT
SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 27: Tyler “Ninja” Blevins prepares to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 in the San Jose Convention Center on October 27, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)


Following his departure from Fortnite, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins disappointed many of his fans. Many wondered what’s next for Tyler as he tried out various games before finally settling down in Valorant. For the past couple of months, the popular streamer has been grinding Riot’s FPS game. Moreover, he had also expressed his intentions to go competitive in the game.

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Ninja joined Team Time In alongside Kurt, witmer, Grego, and Morgausse back in July 2020. Since then, he has participated in multiple tournaments with his team and has also had a decent record playing competitive Valorant. Watching Tyler return to competitive gaming was a dream come true for many of his fans.

Unfortunately, Ninja’s competitive run in Valorant recently came to an end after the streamer announced he is leaving Team Time In. Ninja made the announcement in his live stream, citing various reasons for deciding against continuing to compete in Valorant.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 21: Twitch streamer and professional gamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins streams during Ninja Vegas ’18 at Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino on April 21, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Blevins is playing against more than 230 challengers in front of 700 fans in 10 live “Fortnite” games with up to USD 50,000 in cash prizes on the line. He is donating all his winnings to the Alzheimer’s Association. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Ninja wants to focus on streaming and personal life

Competitive gaming is an extremely tedious job that requires players to invest long hours. The grind needs a lot of hard work and dedication, which makes players miss out on other things. Naturally, Ninja could not be a competitive gamer and a full-time streamer, especially in a game like Valorant.

Another reason why Ninja doesn’t want to pursue a career in competitive Valorant is his family. Even if Tyler somehow manages a full-time streaming career alongside scrims and tournaments, he will have little time left for friends and family.

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I told the team that I wanted them to find a replacement for me. It feels like such a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders because now I can stream whenever I want. I can hop off right now and spend the rest of the night with Jess.”

Ninja is grateful since he feels his life is much more open right now. Regardless of how much fans would have wanted to see him compete once again, Tyler wanted what’s best for himself. He would have more time to stream and entertain fans. Moreover, he can also relax a bit more to ensure he doesn’t feel exhausted.

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Finally, this doesn’t mean Ninja won’t ever compete again. He has always had a passion for playing professionally and is open to jump back in whenever he feels ready.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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