Ninja and Drake's Fortnite stream is one year old - here's what's changed since - Dexerto

Ninja and Drake’s Fortnite stream is one year old – here’s what’s changed since

Published: 15/Mar/2019 17:21 Updated: 15/Mar/2019 17:55

by Joe Craven


Looking back at the full VOD of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevin’s first Fortnite stream with Drake highlights just how much has changed.

Although they went on to play together more than once, the first time they collaborated on March 15, 2018 was undoubtedly an incredible moment for gaming and Twitch alike. It remains the most viewed Twitch event ever on a single creator’s channel, peaking at 628,000 concurrent viewers.

It was not just Drake however, as NFL wide-receiver and FaZe Clan partner JuJu Smith-Schuster, and rapper Travis Scott also joined Ninja on Fortnite. In the VOD, the matches with celebrities start around the 03:31:00 mark, seeing Ninja and Drake drop into duos. They are then joined by JuJu and Scott for some squad matches.

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Despite the fact it’s already been a year, it’s also incredible to consider the extent to which Fortnite has changed in the same time period. The stream took place in the middle of Fortnite’s third season, which was thematically based around outer-space.

The season saw conspiracy theories about meteor strikes come to fruition, with the creation of Dusty Divot being the major change occurring at season three’s climax. 

Other notable Fortnite nostalgia from its third season includes ‘The Reaper’ skin at Battle Pass Tier 100, based around the fictional assassin ‘John Wick’, as well as the introduction of the point of interest ‘Lucky Landing’, which remains in the game into its eighth season.

Epic Games/Pro Game GuidesThe Reaper skin, along with the Season 3 Fortnite map.

It is not just Fortnite that’s changed, as Ninja’s channel has changed considerably too, going from the username ‘NinjasHyper’ to simply ‘Ninja’. 

Also, the backdrop of his old bedroom will be familiar to long-term viewers, but has since been replaced by a custom-made, Red Bull sponsored stream room in the streamer’s new house.

Blevins has also ditched profanity in an effort to be more advertiser-friendly, compared to the fabled ‘Old Ninja’, who would cuss regularly whilst playing.

Just as the independent concurrent viewer record for Twitch has not yet been topped, nor has the incredible growth Ninja experienced in March 2018. According to social media monitoring site SocialBlade, Ninja’s Twitch channel gained over 2.3 million new followers in the month of March, compared to the 460,000 new followers he gained in January 2019.

Whilst his growth is still very impressive, it just goes to show what an incredible event streaming with Drake was, and what a year 2018 was for both Ninja and Fortnite. What was your favourite Fortnite moment of 2018?


David Dobrik responds to backlash after claiming he “hates nature”

Published: 27/Oct/2020 17:08

by Alice Hearing


After an onslaught of hateful comments, David Dobrik has responded to the backlash he faced for claiming that he “hates nature” on his Views podcast with Jason Nash.

As a huge YouTuber known for massive giveaways and wholesome content, Dobrik’s comments, if at all negative, can cause a stir among his fans. In the episode in question, Dobrik explains at length why he “hates nature,” and how outdoor activities really don’t do it for him.

“I cannot describe to you how much I f***ing hate nature,” Dobrik said. “I never knew I could be so angry at something. I was hiking in the mountains, and everybody I saw, I was just getting angry at. I was like, ‘Why are you here?’ I was so mad!”

“It feels so wrong because everybody loves nature,” he continued. “…what is so cool about something that’s been there… for millions of years! What is so cool about that? …it feels like everything I’ve worked for has been erased. I’m stuck with the dirt and the grass and the leaves.”

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Angry commenters described Dobrik as “close-minded”

Angry commenters had a lot to say about his opinions on the world around him and on his attitude about something as mundane as nature.

“I don’t justify it, but now I understand the hate that you get for being so closed-minded and kind of a d**k to your friends or the planet,” one person wrote. “I know that you have done great things like charities and donations. But DUDE, grow up a bit, you live in a bubble.”

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But in the latest episode of Views with fellow YouTuber Jason Nash, they discussed the backlash Dobrik faced and read out Dexerto’s article on the subject.

Dobrik explained that fans misunderstood his intentions: “I said I didn’t like nature and by this, I didn’t mean that I don’t care about the ecosystem where I think you shouldn’t recycle and I think you should litter. It was like I just literally do not care for walks.”

“I wasn’t joking about the actual nature but I was kind of like you guys are gonna really hate me for this. I didn’t think people would actually get mad and people are pissed.”

Since the latest episode has aired, angry commenters are nowhere to be seen. It seems that the adamant defenders of nature walks have been appeased.