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Ninja explains why he wants to be known as the world’s “greatest gamer”

Published: 2/Dec/2019 2:26

by Isaac McIntyre

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is already considered one of the biggest streaming stars in the world, but the blue-haired face of Mixer says he wants to go further and cement his lasting legacy as “one of the greatest gamers of all time.”

There’s no denying that Ninja has already become one of the biggest faces of gaming, from his collaborations with global megastars like Drake, a series of books and comics, and movie cameos alongside Hollywood’s finest.

But the 28-year-old has his eyes set on an even bigger prize—one that would cement him as one of the biggest gamers of all time. He wants to become a living icon, like David Beckham in the UK, or action superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

“I want to get so big that no one can talk sh*t anymore,” Blevins said on the True Geordie podcast, and admitted he often fantasizes about “being untouchable” by people who attack or flame him online, and belittle his achievements.

“No one is making sh*t videos about David Beckham, I want to get to that level. I want to hit The Rock level. The dude could sh*t on the street and people would clap. He’s untouchable in the greatest way, he’s just the best person.”

Facebook: David BeckhamBlevins said he wants to reach a level of fame like UK football superstar David Beckham.

That’s not to say the streaming star who forged a dynasty on Epic’s Fortnite Battle Royale title isn’t already well on his way. He’s got the movie deals, the books, the merchandise, and he just made millions switching to Microsoft’s Mixer.

“Once we were into six months of blowing up, averaging more than 100,000 viewers every single day, we saw Fortnite start to slowly decline, and we knew it would, I was like ‘Okay we have to solidify me as a gamer and streamer’,” he said.

“I realized I wanted to be more cartoony, more of a character, and we’re doing a lot of that to reach that goal. That is the goal, to become a symbol and an icon.

“I want to be remembered as one of the greatest gamers of all time, if not the greatest. That might not happen though, because again, we don’t really know what makes the best. Competitive, gamer, streamer, where will the best come from?”

Epic GamesNinja admitted he wants to build an untouchable legacy in gaming.

While he may still be vying for a chance to be “gaming’s Pele, the original goat,” as True Geordie host Brian Davis said, Ninja has already built a lasting legacy for himself, even if he’s still fighting to make gaming part of mainstream society.

In fact, Ninja is so popular after breaking out as Fortnite’s leading name following his switch from PUBG that he’s felt his career’s narrative change around him from a well-liked rising star, to the man on the throne everyone wants to beat.

“I’ve witnessed going from the underdog, going from this guy who was coming up on Fortnite and getting love from everyone, and getting solid love for a year, just compliments, and then seeing it change,” the Mixer star said.

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Blevins added that it was hard to accept people’s views had turned against him as they looked to cut down the tallest poppy, especially considering he had built his success off a personality, rather than esports and competitive success.

“The comedown from that high in the last year, where everything has become more jaded, and I have to SMD (share my drink) to get one compliment, [it’s big],” he said.

“It sucks man, because it’s not like I’m a LeBron, or a Michael Jordan, because I’m not trying to hold my title as the number one [pro] gamer. It’s not like I dominated the esports scene for seven years, I was just the most popular Fortnite gamer.”

Twitter: NinjaBlevins has already built a massive global gaming brand as the king of Fortnite.

There’s no chance the negativity, and those vying to take his gaming crown around from him, will ever stop Ninja though. In his eyes, he’s still growing as an entertainer, and a gamer, and he’s loving every minute of his career.

“I want to do everything and anything, I’m already in movies, I think I’m in one, maybe even two,” he said, before adding he knows exactly how he feels about his gaming roots: “I’ll never fully leave gaming. I’ll be playing games until I die.”

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TikTokers slam paparazzi for “stalking” Charli D’Amelio & Chase Hudson

Published: 29/Nov/2020 13:29

by Connor Bennett

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A number of TikTok stars have hit out at paparazzi, asking them to stop “stalking” Charli D’Amelio and Chase Hudson after a video of them at the airport was uploaded to YouTube. 

With the success of TikTok around the globe, a number of creators like Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, Addison Rae, and Bryce Hall have become stars thanks to their viral videos. 

However, the fame and popularity that social media brings, fans want to know more. They’re desperate for updates on relationships, where their favorite stars are living, and how they’re getting on away from the TikTok videos. 

Many of TikTok’s stars will conduct interviews with paparazzi and other media outlets on a regular basis, but one has come under fire from TikTokjers for apparently “stalking” Charli D’Amelio and Chase Hudson. 

Charli D'Amelio speaks to the camera during a video.
YouTube: Charli D'Amelio
Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s biggest star, and garners the most attention.

Kevin Wong posted a video of Charli and Chase reuniting at LAX. However, it didn’t go down well with some of the pair’s fellow TikTok stars. 

“You’re taking stalking to a new level. Give them some privacy,” Hype House founder Thomas Petrou said. He also added a simple message, asking Wong to stop as well. 

Additionally, Mia Haywood and Bryant Eslava posted similar messages as Petrou. “Did you really follow them to the airport? Chill with that,” said Mia. “Damn, this is too far Kevin,” added Bryant. 

 

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Wong responded with a comment of his own, claiming that he was already at the airport waiting for somebody else, and hadn’t actually followed the D’Amelio’s anywhere. 

“I was already at LAX waiting for someone to show up, then I saw a big white Rolls Royce drive around and saw Mr D’Amelio & Charli,” he said. 

Neither of Charli or Chase have responded to the drama themselves, and it might just be a case of others fighting the battle for them. 

We’ll just have to wait and see if any similar responses come up in the future, or if the pair decide to respond themselves.