Ninja hits back at “brainwashed” viewers who claim he's toxic - Dexerto
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Ninja hits back at “brainwashed” viewers who claim he’s toxic

Published: 23/May/2020 12:40

by Joe Craven

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has hit back at allegations of ‘toxicity’ from some viewers, defending the way he and his friends react and interact while gaming. 

While Ninja is considered one of the pioneers of Fortnite, hundreds of thousands of fans flocked to his channel to see him play alongside some of the streaming world’s other big names.

These include DrLupo, TimTheTatman and CouRageJD. Although the squad does not play Fortnite nearly as regularly as they once did, they are still widely known as close friends and play a host of different titles together.

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The four friends do not play Fortnite nearly as much as they once did.

Despite the close friendship shared between all of them, some viewers accused Ninja of behaving in a toxic manner towards them. The group regularly insult one another, but it appears that some viewers don’t realize it’s all lighthearted.

“Toxic? Homie, me and my entire group of friends make fun of one another,” he said. “It’s what we do. We yell at each other, we insult each other. That’s how close we are with one another, and we’re the only ones who can do it to one another. Listen man, if your friends don’t like me, I don’t give a sh*t.”

The group regularly roast one another. DrLupo, for example, is often teased about being the oldest member of the group. While most consider them harmless in-jokes, some viewers argued it is “toxic.”

In a second clip, Ninja elaborated: “Everyone bitches and complains when they play video games. It’s 90% of the fun, sometimes… anyone who thinks I’m toxic, you’ve been brainwashed dude. I’d love to know the person you’re watching.”
Ninja says that jokes between friends is often what makes playing video games together so enjoyable.

Certain viewers argued it is toxic, but a number also backed the Mixer star and suggested there is nothing more than harmless fun involved in the friends’ back-and-forths.

While the squad may not be seen playing Fortnite every day, it looks like their friendships are as strong as ever.

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Who is Granny? The rising Twitch star who streams as a grandma

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:45 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 23:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch is home to some pretty outlandish personalities, but none may be as unique as the rising streamer known only as Granny.

Dressed in a bright white wig, oversized glasses, and attire that you could have sworn you’ve seen the elderly wear, Granny takes the character to the extreme.

If you thought the outfit or persona was the limit of the character, think again. Just like how Dr Disrespect streams from his legendary “arena,” Granny has her own broadcast center of sorts.

From Granny’s house to Twitch

Her streams begin, amusingly enough, with an old house in a green meadow surrounded by rainbows, flowers and chirping birds.

Twitch streamer Granny begins a broadcast.
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Granny begins her streams in a pink house surrounded by rainbows.

After introducing herself, talking to viewers from inside the big pink home that looks like it’s ripped from either Lord of the Rings or Teletubbies, the gameplay kicks off.

What makes Granny’s choice of games so hilarious is that she’s made a habit of streaming titles such as Dead by Daylight, which are the complete opposite of the happy-go-lucky nature of the intro.

Fans are absolutely loving it. Since starting the stream, Granny has amassed nearly 30,000 followers and is growing on other platforms such as YouTube.

Climbing the Twitch ranks

Speaking with Dexerto, the entertainer refused to break character, further, cementing the concept that this was a grandma streaming on the Amazon-owned platform.

Granny claims it all began when she was working for a finance firm in New York City for three years and was beginning to feel worn out.

“Right around that time, Red Dead Redemption 2 came out and I found a huge comfort being immersed in that world while I took time to recover and figure out my next steps,” the streamer explained.

“When Red Dead Online was released I started to make friends on the proximity voice chat and they told me I should try my hand at streaming. In February 2019 I moved to New Zealand to go all-in on starting a Twitch channel, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”

That said, she does have plans to return to New York at some point in 2021, so fans should be sure to be on the lookout for that.

While the climb up the Twitch ranks has been a journey since it first began in January of 2019, the streamer does have a few favorite moments.

 

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“A couple of exciting milestones along the way have been Trixie Mattel and TPAIN discovering the stream,” she happily noted. “They love joining in now and again to help repair the ice cream machines in Dead By Daylight.”

Going into 2021, Granny is definitely going to be one of the streamers to watch out for, especially if she continues to get noticed by some larger members of the community.