Back on August 1, Ninja shocked the world when he revealed that he would be cutting ties with Twitch after eight years and heading to Mixer. While the move certainly raised a few eyebrows, including other streamers who joked about following in his footsteps, Ninja’s arrival on the platform hasn’t been the monumental shift that some were expecting.
Despite that, it at least caught the attention of popular American band Blink-182 – which also happen to be a favorite of Ninja’s – who used their headliner status at TwitchCon 2019 to take aim at the streaming platform.
During their set on September 29, the popular rock band had been between songs when they took a break to acknowledge the crowd’s warm response to their show.
“Just wanted to take a moment to say f**k Mixer,” called out lead singer Mark Hoppus, prompting delighted roars from those fans in attendance.
While Ninja didn’t manage to watch the show in action, it was brought to his attention on September 30 when he had been streaming with Reverse2K. The Fortnite pro informed the streaming star of the band’s comments, prompting a surprised response.
“Did they really?” asked Ninja. “Why would they do that? That’s fricking toxic man. My question is, why would they even say that?” Yet, he could see the funny side of things as he jokingly added: “Well, I guess its time to stop listening to Blink 182!”
However, Blevins circled back to his stunned outlook, as he even took the band's comments as a personal shot against himself.
“I’m not [in love with their music] anymore,” he added. “Inadvertently, they basically said ‘F Ninja’ One hundred percent, why else would they say that? There’s literally no other reason for them to talk s**t about Mixer.”
Whether or not Ninja sticks by his comments and shuns his Blink-182 fandom remains to be seen, but don't be surprised to see him rocking out to All the Small Things on-stream, good songs are good songs after all.