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Ninja hints at insane taxes he paid on reported $50 million Mixer deal

Published: 28/Sep/2020 21:12

by Bill Cooney

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins’ multi-million dollar contract with Mixer was definitely a nice chunk of change for the superstar streamer, and apparently Uncle Sam as well.

Ninja made headlines worldwide when he announced he was leaving Twitch to stream on Microsoft’s now-defunct site Mixer in August 2019 for an undisclosed amount.

He didn’t last quite a year on the site before it shut down for good in June of 2020, freeing him to stream on YouTube. According to various reports, he still allegedly made anywhere from $30-$50 million after leaving.

Definitely a great payday but like the rest of us, Ninja still had to pay taxes on those fat stacks of Microsoft cash, and we might finally know about how much thanks to – strangely enough – U.S. President Donald Trump’s taxes trending on Twitter.

Replying to a lighthearted tweet from Twitch streamer Hasan Piker, Ninja said the claim he paid approximately 33,000 times more in taxes than the president reportedly did was “almost accurate.”

According to a report by the New York Times, Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, and another $750 in 2017. Thanks to the power of math, we can get a decent estimation of how much in taxes Ninja paid on his Mixer money going from the response.

If we do some quick maths and multiply $750 by 33,000 we get $24,750,000, which could be close to the ballpark for what the streamer paid in federal income tax on his reported $50 million.

Twitter: Ninja
Don’t worry, Ninja seems to be doing just fine and making plenty more taxable income streaming on YouTube.

Of course, there’s no way to know exactly how much Ninja paid unless he decides to reveal it, which doesn’t seem too likely unless he decides to run for some public office one day.

Setting aside thoughts of what it would be like to have Blevins as the U.S.A.’s first gamer president though, this just goes to show that taxes will always be one of the constants in life, even if you’re one of the world’s most famous streamers.

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TikTokers Josh Richards & Griffin Johnson become Royal Ravens co-owners

Published: 1/Dec/2020 15:00

by Albert Petrosyan

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TikTok superstars and original members of the Sway House, Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson, have become investors in ReKTGlobal, the parent company of the Call of Duty League’s London Royal Ravens franchise and Rogue.

The news was announced on December 1 as two of the biggest names on TikTok have officially become co-owners of the London Royal Ravens and Rogue of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC).

“Griffin and Josh have uniquely captured the attention of Generation Z and beyond, and their influence is undeniable. They are both incredible additions to the ReKTGlobal ownership team,” said Dave Bialek, CEO of ReKTGlobal. “They have strong business instincts, a unique talent for developing viral content, and an understanding of how to connect with younger audiences and casual gamers.”

Combined, Richards (23.4M) and Johnson (9.8M) boast over 33 million followers on TikTok as well as similarly huge numbers on most main social media platforms. ReKTGlobal envisions their massive online presence will play a key role as the pair will develop new content, merchandise collaborations, and promotions with the Royal Ravens and Rogue.

Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson join ReKTGlobal
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Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson repping merch from the teams they now co-own.

“They are natural-born hustlers and have leveraged their TikTok fame to step into acting and music, becoming entrepreneurs and investors in the process,” Bialek added. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to the ReKTGlobal family as we continue to bridge the gap between the world of esports, entertainment and pop culture.”

Griffin Johnson shared similar sentiments as the news of their investment became public, having roots as an avid gamer and Call of Duty fan.

“The fact that I can now say I own a part of London Royal Ravens and Team Rogue is unbelievably surreal,” he said. “I am thankful to Dave and Amish for allowing me into the ReKTGlobal family with open arms. Can’t wait to get to work and help bridge the gap between traditional social media and esports.”

ReKTGlobal is a huge esports org
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ReKTGlobal’s reach and presence in esports is massive.

As for Josh Richards, this isn’t the first time he’s been involved with ReKTGlobal; in May 2020, his creator management company, TalentX Entertainment, embarked on a joint venture with ReKTGlobal called TalentX Gaming, a talent management company with a focus on gaming and esports athletes and content creators.

“Coming on as an investor to ReKTGlobal was genuinely a no-brainer,” he commented. “After a few meetings with the C-suite at ReKTGlobal, I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of.”

The TikTok megastars are the latest in a long list of celebrity figures who have joined ReKTGlobal as investors, including legendary DJ Steve Aoki, Grammy-winning rock band Imagine Dragons, international producer Nicky Romero, NBA defensive star Rudy Gobert, NFL player Landon Collins, and, most recently, star YouTuber Vikkstar.