Twitch Streamer Ninja Might Get Canceled Owing to His Recent Statements

Published 02/15/2021, 9:58 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)


With over 16 million followers, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is the biggest streamer on Twitch. He owes a major part of his success to Fortnite and is often regarded as one of the most skilled creators to ever play the game. Even though Ninja quit playing Epic Games’ Battle Royale in early 2020, his fans still watch him play other games like Call of Duty: Warzone and Valorant.

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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)

Ninja has always been vocal about his opinions, which often leads to him rage quitting games and ranting about opponents. Moreover, he’s been a part of several controversies in his streaming career.

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Women creators accuse Ninja of creating a toxic audience

Some of Ninja’s fans recently mistreated Michele Morrow, who took to Twitter to express her anger. The American television presenter talked about how Tyler’s stance on not playing with women has worked against many women gamers.

A sampling of the daily harassment I receive from @Ninja’s followers.
A couple weeks ago, I pointed out that his stance on not playing with women (doubled down in his recent NYT interview) is harmful to us. He tweeted I “don’t know shit” & but his followers prove my point ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/9vZRv7vSlR

— Michele Morrow (@michelemorrow) February 12, 2021

Back in 2018, Ninja had refused to play with women gamers, saying that it was out of respect for his relationship with his wife. He claimed the internet leaves no opportunity to popularize clips with even a hint of flirting, and such incidents could severely affect his relationship. During that time, fellow women creators like Valkyrae had supported the streamer.

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Ninja highlighted that his enormous fan base comprises a plethora of people who do not follow his morals. As a creator, he never promotes harassing anyone.

They are not true fans if they are attacking people. I never encourage any of my audience to harass people.

— Ninja (@Ninja) February 12, 2021

Ninja also defended himself by saying that the New York Times article had misguided Michele. Instead, it is self evident that he actively patronizes all gamers, including “females”.

Felicia please don’t be baited by this, or the THOUSANDS of people who follow me but do NOT support me or my values. If Michele did any research outside reading a bad article she would know I host, play, and support all gamers, including females.

— Ninja (@Ninja) February 12, 2021

Ninja referred to women gamers as “females”, which many people consider as derogatory. Hence, the tweet further aggravated the matter, leading to a lot of backlash against the streamer.

DramaAlert host Keemstar also posted a video where he primarily clarified that Ninja’s decision to not play with women is only because of his marriage. He then expressed his confusion regarding the outrage against term “females”.

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NINJA WORSE THAN HITLER!

Part 2 pic.twitter.com/vNTuRsYK5f

— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) February 14, 2021

As of now, the internet is flooded with contrasting opinions on the aforementioned situation. Many have severely criticized Ninja and demand that he should be held responsible for the actions of his community. Others seem to believe that the American streamer cannot manage the thoughts of millions of his followers single handedly.

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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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