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Fortnite streamers dominated Twitch in December 2018

Published: 1/Jan/2019 16:53 Updated: 3/Jan/2019 11:19

by Calum Patterson

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The list of fastest growing channels were dominated by Fortnite streamers in December 2018, according to Twitch Metrics, but who will have the most popular channel in 2019?

Twitch rounded out a massively successful year with a live stream in Times Square, as Ninja was joined by fellow streamers to ring in 2019 with some Fortnite – the most watched and streamed game over the past 12 months.

Ninja’s rise on the platform wasn’t without precedent, plenty of streamers have seen sharp increases in popularity, but combine Ninja’s growth with the success of Fortnite and it’s not hard to see why he has almost 13 million followers – over 7 million more than the 2nd most followed streamer, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek.

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Both Ninja and shroud are seasoned streamers, both former professional players in Halo and Counter-Strike respectively, but, with the influx of brand new streamers in 2018 (over a million more on average per month than in 2017), will a new face be able to climb the ranks?

In December 2018, the fastest growing channel wasn’t Ninja, but instead FaZe Clan’s Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, who – according to TwitchMetrics – gained over 400,000 followers in the last 30 days, compared to Ninja who has attracted over 365,000. 

That gap somewhat closed since Ninja’s New Year’s Eve stream from Times Square, as the streamer was nearly 100,000 followers away from Tfue on January 1, but Blevins has since cut that margin to around 35,000. 

TwitchMetricsFastest growing Twitch channels in the last 30 days, as of January 3, 2019 (via TwitchMetrics.com)

Unsurprisingly, this top 10 list is dominated by Fortnite streamers, with only two (shroud and ZeRo) not streaming Fortnite as their primary game of choice.

Judging by this, it will be a Fortnite streamer who will have the biggest opportunity to climb the ranks, maybe even compete with Ninja at the top, but that relies on the popularity of Fortnite remaining steady.

The game shows no signs of slowing down, even with increased competition from Call of Duty’s Blackout mode and PUBG now available on all platforms, Fortnite remains the undisputed king of battle royale.

Who will be the face of Twitch in 2019?

Some of Ninja’s guests at the New Year’s Eve event, like Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar and Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo are perhaps worthy candidates. All are primarily Fortnite streamers, but could undoubtedly shift to another game if Fortnite was no longer the cultural zeitgeist.

Twitter / @CouRageJDNinja’s NYE companions could be next up at the top of Twitch.

Perhaps safe money would be on Tfue to rise to the very top, but his core following is very much Fortnite oriented, so there is a question mark over how well he would transition to another title, if Fortnite’s popularity was to wane.

Ninja is in prime position to keep his spot, however, despite a number of controversies – albeit minor ones – hitting him at the latter end of 2018. The popular streamer’s NYE event in Times Square gave him the platform to catch back up to Tfue in the fastest growing Twitch channel rankings and it’s fair to say that he’s not showing any signs of slowing down any time soon. 

The real winner in all of this will be Twitch though, who continue to fend off competition from YouTube, Mixer and more to remain the prime destination for video game live streaming.

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James Charles sparks heated beef with rapper Asian Doll over makeup artist fees

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:17

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube star and makeup mogul James Charles has started some unexpected beef with rapper Asian Doll after she made a divisive tweet over the price some makeup artists charge for their work.

James Charles is known for getting into the occasional Twitter spat with high-profile celebrities; in August 2020, the YouTuber called out music artist Alicia Keys for her then-unreleased skincare line, which he mistakenly interpreted as another celebrity cash-grab in the makeup biz. (This was not the case.)

Now, it seems that Charles has struck up a feud with none other than Dallas-based rapper Asian Doll — the first female rapper to be signed to Gucci Mane’s very own record label, 1017 Eskimo Records.

It all started over a post Asian Doll made on January 15, where she took issue with makeup artists charging hefty fees for their services.

 

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“If you charge over $150 to do a face of makeup, you can go to hell, respectfully,” she wrote.

Charles was quick to clap back: “What a stupid tweet. One foundation can cost $50, artists have to buy EVERY SHADE for their kit, & thats just the first step…Either pay an artist’s rate for their time & skill, do it yourself, OR get it done at a counter and risk looking busted.”

It seems that Charles’ reply has sparked an avalanche of backlash against him from Asian Doll’s fans, with many accusing him of overstepping his bounds.

Charles has apparently messed with the wrong rapper, as Asian Doll was also quick to fire shots at the beauty guru in a series of additional tweets.

“What a dumb a** to be in my business replying to something that has absolutely nothing to do with you. I’m having a debate about HOOD PRICES baby, stay over there in HOLLYWOOD where they having you looking GHOST,” she wrote — most likely referring to the infamous photo of James Charles wearing foundation several shades lighter than his natural skin tone.

“Literally stop robbing the poor,” the rapper added in a now-deleted reply. “All I’m saying is people shouldn’t have to pay over $150 for a face, DATS IT!”

It seems that Asian Doll’s post has stirred up quite the debate regarding the value and pricing of makeup artists’ time and work in her comments section — but James’ involvement in the conversation has sparked another kind of conversation, altogether.