The decision by Twitch superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins to switch to streaming Fortnite Battle Royale a year ago has proved to be life-changing.
Although he was already an established figure in the online gaming community, Ninja’s popularity took off in meteoric proportions when he became the face of a game that has become one of the most popular in recent memory.
To say that Fortnite has changed his life would be an understatement, and the streamer expressed those sentiments in a video he posted on October 3, the one year anniversary of his switch.
In the video, he also revealed the incredible extent of his growth in terms of actual numbers, such as YouTube subscribers and social media followers.
“Today marks the one year anniversary of my first very Fortnite stream, ever,” he said. “A lot of things have changed, like 10 or 11 million followers on Twitch, 19 million subscribers on YouTube, three million followers on Twitter, 10 million followers on Instagram, from basically nothing.”
Aside from the actual statistics, Ninja’s growth has also further integrated gaming into popular culture, as he has transcended from being just a streamer and former Halo pro player to a celebrity.
Not only has he broken viewership records on Twitch while playing matches with global music icons and athletes, he’s also been honored at the ESPY awards, been on the cover of ESPN the Magazine, appeared in numerous commercials and televised interviews, and more.
To attribute everything to Fortnite would be unfair, Ninja’s family, friends, and supporters have played a huge role. But it cannot be denied that Fortnite has drastically changed his life and established for him an unprecedented legacy.