Ninja fires back at viewers demanding the return of ‘Old Ninja’

Published: 20/Apr/2019 14:36 Updated: 20/Apr/2019 15:39

by Eli Becht


Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Fortnite, there was a lot more that went into the equation.

During his meteoric rise to the top of Twitch, Ninja operated with the gamertag ‘NinjasHyper’ on Fortnite and thousands of viewers fell in love with his style of commentary and gameplay.

YouTube/NinjaOld Ninja with his old setup.

Ninja made the change to continue growing

When Ninja decided to make the switch to family-friendly streams he ruffled a lot of feathers but explained it was the right business decision to make at the time and still backs up that decision, even about a year later.

He argues the things he said as ‘Old Ninja’ wouldn’t work with him being in the mainstream and he would have been shredded.

“The things that I did and the things I don’t say anymore and the majority of my streams being family friendly, that was for the gaming community,” he said. “Do you think anything I said when I was 21 and vulgar would fly in news and on television in mainstream? No, they didn’t, they wouldn’t.”

Ninja explains that he still does want to swear on streams, which is why he has his ‘Ninja After Dark’ streams where he loosens up his restrictions, but moved away from it because of the kids that watch him and not the critics.

Other streamers wouldn’t survive the mainstream

With that said, he says if you put any other gamer in his position at the peak of Fortnite but had them talk the way they currently talk the media would have destroyed them.

“Put any other gamer, any other streamer who talks the way they talk, swears the way they swear, and says the things they say and put them in mainstream media,” he said. “Do you think that news networks and social media accounts wouldn’t have torn them down.”

With all this said, it looks like those hoping for the return of old Ninja will still have a long time to wait.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

Twitter: @ArnauVidal
A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.