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Fortnite viewership down on Twitch after Ninja’s exit and Tfue’s break

Published: 17/Sep/2019 2:18 Updated: 17/Sep/2019 2:38

by Andrew Amos


Fortnite Battle Royale’s viewership is down significantly on Twitch after Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins’ departure to Mixer and Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney’s break.

Fortnite has dominated the airwaves of Twitch since the release of its battle royale mode in 2017. Since exceeding 100,000 concurrent viewers in February 2018, the game has not crept below the milestone, consistently topping the Twitch charts in terms of viewership.

However, the recent departure of Ninja and Tfue taking a break from streaming has hit the popular game’s stats hard on the streaming platform. It now struggles to break through 90,000 concurrent viewers, and the decline doesn’t seem to be stopping.

Ninja / TwitterNinja’s departure to Mixer has had a huge impact on Fortnite’s Twitch viewership

According to a report by TheGamer, Fortnite’s viewership has plummeted to its lowest level in the last 18 months.

Since June 2019, Fortnite’s viewership has declined by an average of around 9% a month, with the biggest drop occurring this month with a sharp 22.5% reduction in viewers. 

The number of channels streaming the game has also declined from over 10,000 at the start of the year, to around 4,800 on average.

TwitchTrackerFortnite’s viewership has been on the downtrend for a few months now.

Fortnite has had a complicated relationship with its community as of late. The introduction of the B.R.U.T.E. has divided a lot of players, while the game’s focus on Twitch is shifting heavily from community gameplay to esports and tournaments.

While it’s unclear whether these factors have had as much of an impact as the biggest stars leaving Twitch, it’s definitely a possibility.

In the same vein, the rise of new games like World of Warcraft Classic, and huge tournaments like Dota 2’s The International 9 and CS:GO’s Starladder Berlin Major might have also had an impact on the game’s viewership since the World Cup.

Epic GamesFortnite’s viewership peaked during the World Cup in 2019, where Bugha won $3 million in the solos tournament.

However, it’s not all bad news for the Epic Games cultural phenomenon. The departure of some of the game’s biggest streamers has allowed new talent to sprout, like World Cup winner Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf.

Bugha’s channel has seen a massive increase in traffic since he started streaming almost daily back in July. He now averages over 20,000 viewers a stream, and has almost eclipsed the 1 million follower mark.

TwitchTrackerBugha’s Twitch statistics have been off the charts since his World Cup victory.

While Fortnite’s viewership is on the decline for now, it’s unlikely it’ll stay like this forever. Once Tfue returns from his break, and new streamers make their mark on the platform, the game will more than likely shoot back up to the top of the charts once again.


Joe Rogan questions Kanye’s “calling to be leader of the free world”

Published: 24/Oct/2020 21:09

by Bill Cooney


Kanye West sat down for one of the most anticipated interviews of the year on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, where he explained why he’s got a “calling to be the leader of the free world.”

Kanye West is most known for being a famous rapper and entrepreneureur, but the musician is also a top-level fashion designer, architect, and, of course, a 2020 presidential candidate.

While he first announced his political ambitions at the 2015 MTV Awards, West has now revealed that it actually started while he was in deep thought during a shower.

“It hit me in the shower, and when I first thought of it I just started like, laughing to myself,” Kanye said. “Some people in the music industry, some tech elites, they just took it as a joke. I remember running into Oprah like two days after that and she’s like ‘you don’t want to be president.’”

Timestamp at 3:59 for mobile viewers.

According to the rapper, despite Oprah’s doubts, the outcome of the 2016 United States presidential election further encouraged him to pursue the highest office in the land as a political outsider.

“I believe that my calling is to be the leader of the free world,” Kanye told Rogan, dead serious. “If it’s in God’s plan that part of my path is to be the governor [of California] first, then that’s fine, but my calling is to be the leader of the free world.”

Rogan was definitely intrigued by what Ye referred to as his “calling,” but thoroughly questioned what the star would really change or be different than politicians before him.

“So when you say this, when you say your calling is to be the leader of the free world, what does that mean to you?” the host replied. “What would be different about the way you would handle things if that’s your plan, why is that your calling? Like, what would you do as the leader of the free world?”

Kanye West/Twitter
Kanye might not be on the ballot in every state, but that’s not going to stop him from running.

“There couldn’t be a better time to put a visionary in the captain’s chair,” Kanye argued back, in one of his more memorable quotes from the show. “I manifest, I see things, I’m a great leader because I listen, and I’m empathetic, I feel the entire Earth, and I feel us as a species, as the human race.”

The interview is a marathon at just under three hours long all stemming from this initial exchange, so if you want to hear the Yeezy founder talk all about his plans, ideas, and visions for the future, all along with what he would do as the leader of the free world, there is plenty here to go off of.

After initially canceling the interview because a member of his staff fell ill, Rogan and West managed to reschedule and it’s a good thing they did because after watching this, it definitely feels like we’ve been granted a very rare look inside the mind of Kanye like never before.