- Ninja reached a momentous milestone
- The streamer thanked everyone who supported him throughout the years
- A look at what path Ninja took to reach where he is now
Ninja reaffirms his title as the most followed streamer on Twitch by reaching a significant milestone of 17 million followers on the platform.
Ninja Hits 17 Million Followers
Tyler Blevins, a.k.a. Ninja, has officially reached 17 million followers on his Twitch channel, reaffirming his position at the top of streamers on the platform. On November 4, he announced on his Twitter account that he has surpassed the milestone, thanking everyone who followed him throughout the years.
The thank-you tweet shows the American streamer’s Fortnite character, an homage to the game that undoubtedly helped Ninja boost his fame, leading him to this historic moment.
Ninja’s Path to 17 Million
The young streamer is perhaps most popular for his Fortnite gameplay. He started streaming the then quite new game in 2017 and quickly rose in popularity among the younger Twitch audience. Many memes and jokes were spawned, oftentimes for and by his viewers, who were sometimes even disliked by other parts of the Internet. However, these controversies and even hate undoubtedly boosted Ninja's popularity.
The 30-year-old started his career well before Fortnite even existed. Back in 2009, he used to be a professional Halo player. He has even said that he is tempted to try Halo esports once again. He began streaming on Twitch in 2011, focusing mainly on games like H1Z1 and PUBG. For six years he was a relatively minor streamer, achieving limited growth, however, all this changed when Fortnite boomed in popularity in 2017.
A Bit of To and Fro in Streaming
Ever since, the content creator has partnered with many big companies and names, and even created his own brand, selling clothing and other items. His popularity and his becoming somewhat of a household name even landed him an appearance in the film Free Guy.
His path towards the 17 million is bumpy, to say the least. In the last year, he has changed streaming platforms a few times, finally returning to Twitch. Perhaps his most infamous stunt was the one involving Microsoft's now-defunct Mixer, which garnered Ninja some unwanted negative attention. People claimed this was just a stunt for Ninja to just “cash-out”, claims to which the streamer responded.
Some say Ninja s glory days are gone, as he now focuses on other games besides Fortnite, and his viewership has dropped. Regardless the streamer still holds the title of the most followed Twitch streamer ever.