Ninja Opens Up on Missing 2018 Fortnite

Published 04/15/2021, 4:45 AM EDT
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)


With almost 17 million followers, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is the biggest streamer on Twitch. He rose to prominence by playing Epic Games’ hit Battle Royale title, Fortnite, in 2018 and 2019. During that time, he collaborated with the likes of Drake and Travis Scott and further helped in popularizing the game.

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Ninja’s popularity as a Fortnite creator is evident from the fact that he was the first entity to be a part of the Icon Series. The developers rewarded him with his own skin and emote. As expected, the cosmetic items were a huge-hit and players around the world still use them heavily.

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It is certainly surprising that Ninja does not play Fortnite anymore. He quit the game in 2020, owing to several glaring issues that included a lack of engaging content and stream snipers, among other things.

Having said that, many fans still consider Ninja as a Fortnite streamer. They constantly associate his name with the game and are keenly awaiting his return.

Ninja seems unsure about missing old Fortnite

After taking a leave from Fortnite, Ninja shifted to other games like Call of Duty: Warzone and Valorant. Considering his vast experience in FPS games, it came as no surprise that Blevins was equally good at both the titles.

Regardless, hundreds of thousands of viewers still seek his opinion on Fortnite. One of the most asked questions on Ninja’s chat is about him missing 2018 Fortnite, and if he will return, should the game go back to its original state.

Ninja gave a confusing answer to this question in a recent tweet:

It is hard to decipher whether Ninja actually misses the good old days from 2018. His answer comprises a huge number of yeses, but a big NO, and to say the least, it is understandable.

Time and again, the veteran has tried to return to the Battle Royale title that helped him rise to the top. However, he has always been confronted by a plethora of stream snipers. Naturally, this ruins his experience and often leads to him rage-quitting games. 

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From the looks of it, remaining content creators in the Fortnite community, like Lachlan and SypherPK, are also struggling to continue playing the game now. Both the streamers have admitted that the new content gets boring faster than ever.

Epic Games is trying its best to satisfy the contrasting demands of pro players, content creators, and the casual user-base. Chapter 2 Season 6 has been out for a few weeks now, and it won’t be an overstatement to say that it will decide the future of Fortnite.

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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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