Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the Fortnite streamer whose rise to fame was as exponential as that of the game he plays. Being thrust into the limelight of the mainstream media in early 2018, he broke the peak Twitch viewer count when he live streamed himself playing Fortnite with Drake, Travis Scott, and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Now, one of the most iconic names in streaming, his popularity isn’t without a few stains. Even before his massive popularity, Ninja is known to have been toxic and long time viewers still remember his trash talking, obscene name calling, and even rude gestures made on camera during his H1Z1 and PUBG days.
However, once he exploded into the world with his exponential growth as a streamer, he vowed to give up his old toxic ways. To many of his followers, this was a disappointment as they missed the old Ninja rip apart his opponents through mere words screamed into his mic.
All of this changed this past weekend, when the former toxic Ninja made his way back onto livestream by exploding at a 17 year old, after he was killed in a Valorant game. He went on to tell the 17 year old kid to “Shut the ***** Up” and that he was “Trash” again and again.
Toxic Ninja made a brief return this weekend in an argument with a 17 year old Radiant player in Valorant and it got HEATED pic.twitter.com/OWpt12Q7xM
— Jake Lucky (@JakeSucky) December 30, 2020
Earlier this year, in one of his Twitch streams, Ninja snapped back at many fans who claimed him to be toxic. He claimed that he does most of his shouting in games with his friends where they like to poke fun of each other. He also claimed, in classic toxic player fashion, that he does what he does only because others do it too.
Toxic or not, Ninja continues to be one of the best streamers on Twitch with a huge fanbase, and playing games like Fortnite, Valorant, Call of Duty etc.