Ninja became the first professional player to appear on the cover of ESPN The Magazine. The sports publication will feature the eSports reader on the cover of its special game edition.
So excited to be the first pro player to feature on @espn the Magazine, Ninja – real name Tyler Blevins – tweeted on September 18th.
Ninja entered mainstream news in 2018 when he played Fortnite, the hugely popular online shooter, with rapper Drake.
The Canadian rapper’s participation, along with that of Kylie Jenner’s boyfriend Travis Scott, saw Ninja Fortnite’s live broadcast reach 630,000 simultaneous views on the Twitch streaming platform, breaking the previous record of 388,000.
Ninja, real name Tyler Blevins, became the first player to make the cover of ESPN magazine
At a charity event several months later, Ninja broke the record again with 667,000 simultaneous views in Las Vegas.
In editor-in-chief Elaine Teng’s ESPN profile titled Living the Stream, Blevin’s incredible stats are told one by one.
“Ninja achieved what no other player has done before: mainstream fame. With 11 million Twitch followers and escalation, he commands an audience few can dream of, ” she wrote.
In April, he recorded the most social media interactions in the world of sports, beating Cristiano Ronaldo, Shaquille O’Neal and Neymar. ”
The player is said to be making $ 500,000 a month, more than half of which comes from subscriptions to his Twitch channel, and that doesn’t include the sponsorships he has with Uber Eats, Samsung and Red Bull. It has 11 million Twitch subscribers and nearly 20 million YouTube subscribers.
However, Blevins’ rise to fame and fortune was not without controversy. In March 2018, the player apologized for using the N word while rapping on the Logic 44 song More.
In August, the player revealed that he was not broadcasting with female players out of respect for his wife and fellow player Jessica ‘Jghgosty’ Blevins – in order to protect her from any speculation that might arise if something he said to a player was misinterpreted.
“ If I have a conversation with a female streamer where we play with each other, and even if there’s a hint of flirtation, it’s going to be taken and is going to be put on every video and be a bait forever. the streamer said in the Polygon interview.
Her decision was criticized, with critics pointing out that Blevins sidestepped the harsh reality of being a player and streamer.
The ESPN article describes a man engaged in streaming.
“ When I’m not streaming I have time to think about all the growth, and I don’t like it. I just prefer to play at home, ”he said.
“I’m like, ‘I haven’t played a celebrity in a while. I haven’t done anything big in a while. Is it because I am slowing down? When I’m at home, I don’t have time to think about this.
The article states that the player broadcasts a total of 12 hours per day and does not play just one day per week. Blevins treats gambling like a professional sport: “When I die, I get so upset,” he said. “You can play every day, you don’t practice. You die, and hey, you move on to the next game.
“ When you train, you take every game seriously, so you have no excuse when you die. You say to yourself, ‘I should have turned here, I should have pushed there, I should have backed up. A lot of people don’t do that. ”
Other articles in the issue of the game focus on other, not necessarily lucrative or positive, aspects of esports.
There is an article about Jacksonville shooter David Katz, the Madden player who shot and two people, and injured ten others in the Madden NFL tournament. The article presents an “ inside look ” at the set, how it went and what it means for eSports.