“Ninja Is Not at the Cutting Edge of the Gaming Movement”- FaZe CEO Comments on the Streamer’s Career

Published 03/07/2021, 2:50 PM EST
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)


From cranking 90s in Fortnite to flossing at Times Square, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins had everything a gamer could ask for, and then some. He went on to land multi-million dollar deals from Mixer, Twitch, and Adidas. On top of all this, Tyler also has his own apparel line. All of this contributes to his 100+ million fortune.

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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 streamer’s wealth has been a hot topic of discussion in the gaming community. There has also been a constant debate about Ninja’s impact on the gaming community. Whether his wealth equals his contribution to the industry has been a burning question since the streamer first mentioned his taxes live on stream.

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In a recent interview with Ralph Simon, FaZe CEO Lee Trink talked about innovation in the gaming industry. With everything Ninja has done for the community, naturally, his name was one of the first Lee touched upon.

FaZe CEO believes Ninja is the Neil Armstrong of gaming

Trying to find the right words to describe Ninja’s contribution to the gaming community, Lee said, “I would say he is the pioneer of the gaming movement. I often call him the Neil Armstrong of gaming. He was the first household name in gaming.”

Obviously, these words are of the highest order of praise one can bestow on Ninja. However, the Twitch streamer has received similar appreciation on various occasions. Therefore, it wasn’t the most interesting comment Lee made about the streamer’s career.

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Ninja is still massive, but he is, I would say, he is not kind of on the cutting edge of the gaming movement at this point.”

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)

Jake Lucky from Esports Talk seems to agree with Trink’s point of view. In his latest video, Jake talks about how Ninja was at his peak when he’d made the Mixer deal. He rose higher when he returned to Twitch; however, since then, the streamer’s growth has slumped somewhat.

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Ninja is no longer averaging the Twitch viewers that he did before. He also doesn’t have as high a subscriber count as various other streamers such as Nickmercs, xQc, or Ludwig. However, Tyler has taken gaming to heights people never even thought of.

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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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