The Fortnite stream king, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, has surpassed another major milestone in his career after smashing ten million subscribers on YouTube.
Despite at first appearing like an overnight success story, the journey Ninja has taken has been far from easy, having started all the way back in 2011.
The former professional Halo player has been streaming so long that he started out on Justin.tv, the old name for Twitch before it turned into a primarily gaming based service.
Despite being popular in the pro Halo scene, there was only a certain amount of viewers who could possibly tune in to watch, and in 2016 he began streaming other titles, including H1Z1.
It was in 2017 that he quit playing professional Halo and began to concentrate full time on playing PC games for his ever growing audience. After switching from H1Z1 to PUBG, he began to hear about a new battle royale title, Fortnite.
A number of the high profile streamers at the time had played it but passed up on it, but Ninja saw something special about the game and started playing it full time.
That was in late 2017, and fast forward to May 2018 and Ninja finds himself as the most followed channel on Twitch, just under 2 million followers on Twitter, 3.6 million on Instagram and now 10 million subs on YouTube. He made the right decision.
His ability to utilise platforms such as YouTube, Instagram and Twitter have turned him into a celebrity across the world.
He Tweeted out on the morning of May 4th that he had woken up to the milestone, commenting that he doesn’t think anyone else has reached it that fast. The sky appears to be the limit for Ninja.
Woke up to 10,080,000 subscribers on YouTube. Thank you guys so much. I am not sure if a diamond play button has ever been reached so fast but regardless of the fact I am blessed. pic.twitter.com/XctLSAcATz
— Ninja (@Ninja) May 4, 2018