“Going family friendly”- Ninja on His Biggest Regret

Published 03/16/2021, 9:56 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 23: Tyler “Ninja” Blevins attends the Time 100 Gala 2019 at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)


The gaming industry has seen multiple milestones in the last few years, and Ninja has contributed to many of them. Tyler “Ninja” Blevin’s role in the success of gaming is undeniable. While most of it was out of pure will and dedication, fans wonder if Tyler had to make some hard decisions.

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SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 27: Tyler “Ninja” Blevins reacts onstage prior to 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)

In a recent stream, a fan asked Blevins if he had any regrets from his career so far. This comes after FaZe CEO Lee Trink talked about how Ninja is past his prime now. Even though the streamer is extremely skillful at the games he plays, he no longer averages the same kind of views.

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Ninja blames the gaming culture for corrupting him

The answer to his fan’s question did not pop up in Tyler’s mind. Clearly, the streamer doesn’t think about regrets too often. However, after giving it a long and hard thought, Ninja finally came up with a reply. Talking about a decision that was extremely hard for him, but he learned a lot was the one to go family-friendly.

I want to say like going family-friendly. It wasn’t really like a difficult decision. I knew that when I was averaging hundreds of thousands of live viewers and getting over live like 2-3 million unique visitors on my stream every day on my stream and when I was obviously playing a game like Fortnite, which is definitely really kid-friendly…I think it was a hard decision.”

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)

Ninja discussed how this decision was especially difficult to implement since he was in the habit of speaking his mind out. The toxicity that previously came from the streamer was a result of the persistent gaming culture. However, this change was one of the biggest reasons for his growth.

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No matter what he does, fans will always think of Tyler as a ‘sellout’

Another reason why Ninja had trouble going family-friendly was the reaction of his loyal fans. Since thousands of them watched Tyler peak, they love him for what he was. Therefore, after he took the brand decision to cater to a much broader and younger audience, he faced a lot of flak.

I learned that you know, that you’re just a piece of s**t. No matter what you do, if you try to make a change for the better, you’re either fake or, you know, a sellout, and people just say they missed the old you.”

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Naturally, if people are used to something, they don’t want to settle for changes. Especially since many fans watched Ninja for his toxicity, him being family-friendly drove them away. Regardless, the move benefitted Tyler commercially, making him one of the wealthiest gamers ever. It turned out to be a win after all.

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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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