Ninja Reveals Why Fortnite is Dying

Published 02/08/2021, 6:07 AM 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)


Fortnite has had a bitter transition from ‘the most’ to ‘one of the most’ popular games in the world. Just like any other game that makes it huge in the industry, Epic Games’ Battle Royale is now heading towards an inevitable fall.

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While a lot of players blame the game’s meta for this decline, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins feels that Fortnite’s own user base is the reason for its downfall. The streamer believes Fortnite is still one of the most entertaining games out there, but its disrespectful community that comprises stream snipers ruins his experience.

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Ninja gets stream sniped while playing Fortnite

Back in the day, Ninja was the most celebrated Fortnite player and content creator. He then quit the game in the beginning of Chapter 2, primarily owing to hackers and the game’s meta. Ninja now returns to Fortnite occasionally, which certainly hits the fans with nostalgia.

However, the veteran’s most recent return to Fortnite did not go as planned. Despite landing alone, a player abruptly interfered his game, and eliminated him in a close gun fight. Unexpectedly, Ninja rage quit the game and ranted about the current state of the community.

He claimed it comprises “clout-chasers” and “kids” who love to disrupt his games just to gain attention. As a result, Fortnite is not fun and he will refrain from streaming and even playing the game.

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Are stream snipers the primary reason behind Fortnite’s downfall?

At first glance, stream snipers might not seem like a major factor behind a game’s downfall. The malpractice exists in almost every online multiplayer game, then why is it that Fortnite is the most affected by it?

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It is worth noting that Fortnite has already lost several big content creators since the beginning of Chapter 2. Following the departure of Nickmercs, Tfue, Ninja, TimTheTatman, CouRage, LazarBeam, and many others, the casual user base now has very limited sources for entertainment and information.

Content creators play an important role in attracting casual players towards a game. They tirelessly play for hours and create content for a vast audience. Hence, incidents like the one aforementioned severely harm a game’s popularity.

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If more and more content creators like Ninja leave Fortnite permanently, it won’t be a surprise if the game’s huge user-base also treads the same path.

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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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