Ninja has hilarious response to CNBC claiming nobody knows his real name - Dexerto

Ninja has hilarious response to CNBC claiming nobody knows his real name

Published: 26/Jun/2020 8:47

by Brad Norton


Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins had the perfect response for a guest CNBC analyst that failed to do their due diligence and made the interesting claim that “nobody knows” the streaming superstar’s real name.

While Ninja may have blossomed into one of the most popular gaming icons with his blue hair and flashy Fortnite plays, it turns out that he actually has a real identity beyond his popular gaming alias. 

Blevins was recently a focal point during a June 25 financial segment on CNBC. Internet and media analyst Laura Martin joined host Kelly Evans on the show, and the pair discussed the market value of Amazon’s Twitch following the shock closure of Microsoft’s Mixer on June 22.

At the top of the segment, Martin referenced “a video gamer named Ninja,” but proved she may not know everything there is to learn about the world of gaming as she suggested, seemingly completely seriously, that “he has a real name, but nobody knows what it is.”

This line caught fire on social media and almost instantly went viral after industry expert Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau shared it around. As a result of this, the clip soon caught the attention of Ninja himself, who had a hilarious reaction CNBC’s strange claim.

Opting not to unload on CNBC and the analyst, he replied with a simple GIF instead: a commonly-used image of Pablo Escobar, as portrayed by Wagner Moura in the mega-hit Netflix series, Narcos. This was all he needed to convey his emotions.

Reading between the lines on the GIF, the streaming star must have been dumbfounded by CNBC’s hilarious claim.

Ninja has spent years putting in the effort to bring himself and gaming culture into the mainstream eye, so copping an accidental slight like this from one of America’s biggest networks may have stung a little.

The relevant section of the CNBC segment begins at the 24-second mark.

Naturally, such an amusing moment coupled with Ninja’s reaction, led to all manner of internet personalities replying in kind. One was fellow Fortnite star and YouTube personality Lannon ‘LazarBeam’ Eacott, who joked he had “never heard of Ninja,” which meant he “mustn’t be that famous.”

“Who?” Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar also bluntly joked after seeing the clip. The two often squad-up while playing games together on-stream, so once Ninja finds a new home post-Mixer shutdown, there’s every chance Betar may use this hilarious moment as an ongoing rib.

Given the recent closure of Mixer, Ninja reportedly walked away with $30 million for his time spent exclusive to the Microsoft-owned platform.

Only time will tell where he opts to stream next, but hopefully, when he does announce his big news, industry analysts will be able to recall his real name.


Daequan’s first tweet after 6-month hiatus sparks hope for Twitch return

Published: 27/Nov/2020 5:39

by Andrew Amos


Daequan ‘Daequan’ Loco has broken his six-month social media silence in time for Thanksgiving. While the tweet was short and sweet, it has given fans of the former TSM Fortnite star hope for a potential return to Twitch.

Daequan has practically disappeared from the public eye in 2020. He vowed that he’d try to return to Twitch by January 2020 after taking time off to focus on his health, but hasn’t made an appearance on the platform since December 2019.

On top of that, he’s gone quiet on socials, not posting anything since March. While he has moved in with long-time friend and former duo Hamlinz in the meantime, there wasn’t any indication he was coming back to streaming.

However, Daequan has finally broken his silence to give thanks to his fans on Thanksgiving, and tell everyone that he is getting along just fine.

“Feeling better than I have in years. Always thankful,” the short message red, with a selfie of the streamer.

The tweet has gone viral, with over 100,000 fans liking the tweet, and many of his contemporaries sending him messages of support, including TimtheTatman, NICKMERCS, and Classify.

Daequan’s eight-word return has also managed to spark hope in his fanbase of a potential return to streaming. No matter whether it’s Fortnite, or a new game that’s come out in his absence like Valorant, Daequan’s fans are itching to see him back on the platform.

There is potential for a return. Hamlinz has been a bit more active on social media, and Tfue even tried to get him to turn on the stream ⁠— even if just for a day.

No matter what though, Daequan is taking things at his own pace. He’s still on that journey to better health, and will return in his own time when he believes it’s right.

Fans of Daequan will be hoping it’s not another six months until we hear from the TSM Fortnite star again, but only time will tell if he actually commits to returning to streaming.