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Ninja reveals why Michael Jordan banned him from All-Star Weekend party

Published: 15/May/2020 0:54 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:33

by Brent Koepp

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During his May 14 stream, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins opened up to Dr Disrespect about how he was not allowed into a party at NBA’s All-Star Weekend in February. The Mixer star explained why Michael Jordan had put him on a “Do Not Enter” list.

Ninja has become one of the most recognizable brands in entertainment. Whether it’s his rise to stardom playing Fortnite, or his industry-defining move to leave Twitch for Mixer, the personality has become the face of gaming for many.

However despite his notoriety, the personality revealed during his latest stream that he was once rejected by NBA legend himself Michael Jordan. The streamer explained to his friend Dr Disrespect that it happened during the All-Star Weekend.

Ninja reveals incredible Michael Jordan story

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The Mixer streamer was invited by the NBA to All-Star Weekend in February.

Ninja was in the middle of a Call of Duty: Warzone broadcast, when he revealed to his streaming partner Dr Disrespect that he had a story involving the NBA. “Want to hear a funny story about the NBA All-Star Weekend?” he asked.

The Mixer personality then explained to Doc that he had actually been rejected at a party at the event. “I was put on a DO NOT ENTER list for one of the parties,” he said, before telling the Twitch streamer to guess whose party it was.

“Was it a player?” Dr Disrespect asked. Ninja at first said no, before changing his answer to yes. The Twitch star then correctly guessed that it was a retired player from the NBA.

The Two-Time Champion took his best guess, and asked if it was Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls. Stumped he said, “Um, I don’t know. Who?” Ninja then revealed the player to be Michael Jordan.

Laughing Doc said, “Jordan said NO to you, HUH!?” The Mixer star explained “It’s because it was a Nike x Jordan party.” He then jokingly added, “I mean, listen. I’m proud of myself, I only cried for like 20 minutes in my room after.”

Ninja’s rejection makes sense, seeing as in December 2019 he unveiled his very own shoe with Nike rival Adidas. And if nothing else, getting rejected by Michael Jordan is an honor – as it means he sees you as a rival.

The 28-year old streamer continues to crush it in 2020. At the time of writing, he’s amassed over three million followers to his channel. He’s also build up a major following across his YouTube and Twitter accounts.

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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!