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Ninja reveals why he doesn’t care about his sub count anymore

Published: 29/Jan/2019 15:54 Updated: 3/Apr/2019 21:27

by Connor Bennett

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Uber-popular Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has opened up about his recent stint of not streaming, explaining why he thinks it’s a good thing to take a break from the spotlight and why he doesn’t care too much about his sub count anymore. 

Before returning for a quick nine-hour stream on January 28, it had been a week since Ninja had been live on Twitch – running only one rerun in that time.

While his fans missed his daily streams, the 27-year-old had been taking a break by spending time on vacation with his wife – Jessica ‘JGhosty’ Blevins – as well as his parents. However, he did have time to return, briefly, to play some Fortnite with his pals Tim ‘TimTheTatMan’ Betar and Jack ‘Courage’ Dunlop.

NinjaNinja has become the face of Twitch in the last 12 months.

Upon his brief return to streaming, Ninja spoke about taking time away from Twitch, stating: “So, I’m just really so much more relaxed man. After having the year that I did, I don’t stress out too much about sub count anymore, like, at all. I know what I’m capable of when I have the time to stream as much as possible. You know, doing those twelve to fourteen-hour streams.”

“There are other things that are coming up right now. I didn’t live my life last year man, I was a slave to the stream grind and I don’t regret it whatsoever but it’s nice to be able to do just a little bit of R&R.”

It’s a slight change in attitude from Ninja who admitted in his ESPN interview last September that he had worries about not streaming – especially when it came to doing something big.

“When I’m not streaming, I have time to reflect on all the growth, and I don’t like that,” Ninja told ESPN’s Elaine Teng in his ESPN The Magazine interview. “I’m like, ‘I haven’t played a celebrity in a while. I haven’t done something big in a while. Is it because I’m slowing down?’”

More recently, Ninja stated on stream – on January 15 – that had become annoyed by people looking for the ‘next big thing’ on Twitch, even though he, at the time, had been sitting pretty at the top. 

No longer being too concerned about his sub count is certainly a change for Ninja but he has achieved more than many streamers ever will – and he seems pretty happy in doing so. 

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xQc unamused as hilarious Google search trolls him with Ninja’s picture

Published: 6/Dec/2020 0:52 Updated: 6/Dec/2020 0:57

by Bill Cooney

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Twitch star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel got an unpleasant surprise when he decided to do some research on who the most-subscribed streamer on Twitch is, only to be trolled by Google with Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins’ photo.

xQc is one of Twitch’s most popular streamers on Twitch and, by our measure, he’s easily one of the most successful on the platform this year, raking in close to $2 million overall.

Subscribers obviously make up a big part of that total amount, so you’re bound to find Felix on top of any ‘most-subscribed’ list for Twitch. Because it’s the end of the year and lists for the top streamers of 2020 are coming out, his chat urged him to search for exactly that.

“Most subbed streamer? Who cares, subs are temporary, sub count can go up and down, it can go away,” xQc said in response. “It doesn’t define what you do or who you are. People who attach their personality, and their ego, and their confidence to some random digit number that goes up and down — because they need some random pixels to feel better.”

 

Success doesn’t come without its struggles as they say, and the former Overwatch League pro found that out first hand when he finally gave in and did the search for his chat.

Sure enough, his name popped right up at the top of the Google search results, but instead of a picture of himself, it was accompanied by a photo of Ninja, which is very ironic since that’s who Felix has been compared to over the years by his merciless audience.

After initially looking proud when his name popped up, he quickly was at a loss for words for how badly he had been trolled by the search engine.

With his chat predictably cracking up, xQc simply closed the window and went back to his Minecraft run, continuing his original train of thought after a bit of awkward silence.

“In my opinion, if most of the basis of your self-confidence is from things that are outer, not from within, then you have no medium, you’ll never know what’s happening,” he reflected, trying to forget about the unfortunate search results. “You’ll always be guided by what others think, and then what?”

Not surprisingly, Ninja didn’t crack our list of the top-earning Twitch streamers for 2020, considering he only recently returned to the platform after Microsoft shut Mixer down in June.

Blevins still made out just fine though, reportedly making between $30-50 million from his streaming deal with the site, and the newfound freedom to broadcast wherever he pleases, which led him to re-sign with Twitch.

Despite the hilarious comparisons that many have made of the two, xQc still has a ways to go if he plans on making the kind of money Ninja rakes in from streaming. Still, he is undoubtedly one of the most subbed-to streamers on Twitch, so you’d think Google would at least get his picture right.

Maybe next year Felix!