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Ninja teases major Adidas announcement for December 31

Published: 15/Dec/2019 12:29

by Connor Bennett

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Streaming superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has dropped a further hint about his collaboration with Adidas – with a release date seemingly in the offing. 

While he competed in Halo prior to becoming a huge hit in the streaming world, Ninja has gone on to have some pretty unrivaled mainstream success because of his on-stream feats. 

He broke the mold by teaming up with Drake in Fortnite and has teamed with plenty of celebrities since then. Ninja even got to celebrate New Year’s live from New York – even though his flossing request didn’t go as planned – and appeared in an NFL commercial. Yet, perhaps his biggest accomplishment is teaming up with Adidas to get his own line of merchandise. 

Ninja - Twitter
Ninja - Twitter
Ninja joined forces with Adidas prior to moving to Mixer.

Ninja partnered up with the clothing giant back in the summer of 2019 after a few cryptic hints. Since his announcement, it’s been pretty quiet on what they’re planning to do – despite his appearance on Complex’s Sneaker Shopping series and other streamers receiving some clothes from him.

However, it appears as if fans won’t have to wait all that long as the streamer has teased yet another New Year’s Eve celebration.

On December 14, Blevins retweeted a post from BattlePass that had an image of him with a Ninja x Adidas badge that contained the December 31st date, as well as some of the other items that have been created in the crossover.

Already, we’ve seen Ninja and Adidas hoodies, as well as tracksuits, but with them appearing to have more stuff in the works, it could quite literally be anything. 

The streaming star has talked about his love of sneakers in the past, so a line of Adidas shoes probably isn’t of the question. It remains to be seen as to what will be coming soon enough and if fans will, finally, be able to their hands-on whatever it is as well.

It’s just the latest in a host of high-profile sponsors for Ninja, which also includes Red Bull and NZXT.

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Dream responds to #dreamwaswrong trending on Twitter

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:53

by Theo Salaun

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YouTuber and Minecraft content creator Dream has finally responded to the #dreamwaswrong trend on Twitter, using his DreamWasTaken account to assert he disavows the behavior displayed by some of his fans.

Dream and his cohorts, including known creators like Tommyinnit and GeorgeNotFound, are incredibly popular on YouTube and beyond thanks to an infinitum of Dream Team videos and the Dream SMP server.

While that level of fame means possibility for mainstream collaboration with the likes of superstar TikTok influencer Addison Rae, it also comes with downsides. Notably, #dreamwaswrong began trending on Twitter as fans blamed Dream for encouraging his stans, some of whom are prone to producing inappropriate fan art involving minors.

As critics explain, Dream’s love for his fans supposedly equates to egging on the ways they express their fandom — thereby supporting the production of “CP.” In response, he explained: “I’ve said this before but don’t ship creators that are uncomfortable with it, and especially not minors. It’s disgusting to draw NSFW stuff about minors or anyone that hasn’t explicitly said it’s fine.”

After addressing the drama directly, by reaffirming that “NSFW stuff about minors” is distasteful, Dream continued on to explain why it’s unfair to misgeneralize his role in the production of such content.

In a follow-up tweet aimed at defending his support for his fans, the Minecraft YouTuber said, “With 16 million subscribers that’s 1 out of every 480 people IN THE WORLD that are subscribed. There’s bound to be thousands of terrible people, but there’s also bound to be millions of great ones. If you’re looking for hate or disgusting stuff, you’ll find it. Stop looking.”

As he shows, boasting 16 million subscribers on YouTube means that “out of every 480 people in the world,” at least one is a fan of Dream’s content. That is an enormous quantity of supporters, and it should not be surprising that there are “thousands of terrible people” within the millions of fans.

This sentiment appears to be echoed by his fans — as many have resurfaced earlier videos showing that the content creator has never specifically encouraged the creation of relationship fanfiction or “CP.”

It remains unclear how satisfied people are with Dream’s response, but the overall sentiment appears to be positive. While it feels unreasonable to expect a creator to be wholly responsible for the actions of their audience, this incident does provide a cautionary tale.

Considering this “disgusting” group of Dream’s stans, the prevailing community critique remains: If you are an influencer, you have some obligation to directly and quickly curtail negative behavior by those you influence.