‘Money Can’t Buy Happiness’- Ninja Opens Up on Being Famous

Published 05/28/2021, 5:44 AM EDT


Over the years, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has solidified his place as the biggest streamer on Twitch. From playing Halo 3 professionally to becoming the most popular Fortnite player, he owes his success to the gaming industry. It comes as no surprise that the streamer has made millions by playing games and entertaining the viewers.

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Fans often idealize the lives of their favorite creators. They seek fame and assume that earning massive amounts of money is the path to happiness. However, Ninja has clarified that popularity has its own downsides.

Ninja talks about the relationships and friends he has lost owing to money

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Ninja recently answered some of the most-asked questions from his fans. As expected, these questions primarily revolved around his personal life.

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When asked about his thoughts on being so famous, Ninja outright said “not good!”. He admitted that he’s earned a lot of money from streaming, but he has also sacrificed for it, including relationships, family, time, love, and friendships.

“The money’s great. But event then man, money, like you can’t buy happiness. It can buy things that maybe make you happy but that stuff’s temporary,” said Ninja.

He further added, “You have that money, guess what? Now you don’t know who to trust! You can’t trust anyone. Who’s your real friends? Who’s your real family? People come out of nowhere asking for money all the time. If you say no, you’re a piece of s**t. You’re the worst, and they make you feel like a piece of s**t.”

It is evident that becoming famous has come with its own set of problems for Ninja. Time and again, he’s opened up on the fear of losing his loved ones owing to the culture of trolls and hate on the internet. It is also one of the reasons Blevins refrains from playing with female streamers.

StreamerTV, in a recent video, covered Ninja’s rant on being famous:

Blevins doesn’t want the fans to sympathize with him

Following his rant, Ninja again clarified that he’s not complaining about his money or popularity. He was simply pointing out the sacrifices he’s made up till now, and unfortunately, getting rich wasn’t enough to compensate for them.

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“I’m just stating facts, okay? This is what happens, and it sucks.”

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)

Alongside Ninja, many other prominent creators like PewDiePie have frequently talked about the unnecessary romanticization of material desires such as money, cars, and fame. All things considered, balancing personal and public life after becoming popular is not as easy as it seems.

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Aakrit Sharma

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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