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Ninja reveals exclusive Gears 5 Mixer stream in Microsoft partnership

Published: 2/Sep/2019 19:45 Updated: 3/Sep/2019 21:28

by Eli Becht

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Streaming star Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins, who took his talents over to Mixer in August, has finally revealed what his annoucement with Microsoft is all about.

Ninja’s move to Mixer surprised a lot of people, but looking deeper under the hood, many suspected he was going to partner with Microsoft in one way or another outside of just streaming.

Before becoming synonymous with Fortnite, Ninja was a professional Halo player, which is a Microsoft exclusive franchise, and his fans have to wonder if he has something cooking behind the scenes to publicize the upcoming Halo: Infinite.

NinjaNinja had been teasing something Major with Microsoft.

Ninja revealed an announcement was on the way with Microsoft but didn’t go into too much detail as he’s saving it for September 3. “Microsoft is hooking me up with a surprise for you guys,” he tweeted. “(It’s) the reason I have not been live yet but I get to reveal it tomorrow.”

  • Read More: Gears of War 5 campaign playthrough on his channel on September 3.

    In late August, Ninja went to the Microsoft headquarters and had lunch with many of the higher-ups at Microsoft, including the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, where he even revealed that he gave Spencer a signed copy of his book.

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is making its way to PC sometime this year, beginning with Halo: Reach and it’s possible Microsoft could be using Ninja to publicize the launch of the title in the future. With Ninja’s roots with the Halo franchise, this seems like it could definitely be a strong possibility.

    Before Fortnite, Ninja was a dominant Halo pro, bringing home four first-place finishes in tournaments in Halo 4 alone. His final Halo event was DreamHack Atlanta 2017 where he and his team finished in 7-8th place.

    Either way, the streaming star will now become a part of two iconic Microsoft franchises and give eager Gears fans an extended look at what they can expect when they return to one of their favorite series.

    This article was updated on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 11:35 am EST.

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Charli D’Amelio slams “out of control” hate from 100m followers scandal

Published: 3/Dec/2020 21:21

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Charli D’Amelio is hitting back at the intense criticism she received after joking about not reaching 100 million followers in a year, as well as the hate that followed her tearful Instagram Live on the subject.

Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s most-followed content creator. Now boasting over 101 million followers, Charli has become the poster girl for the viral video application — but not everyone is a fan of the internet superstar.

The 16-year-old influencer got hit with an avalanche of negativity upon the release of a “Dinner with the D’Amelio’s” episode on November 16, where she appeared to jokingly bemoan not reaching 100 million followers in a year’s time.

The issue quickly erupted into a scandal, with users calling out Charli for purportedly only seeing her fans as “numbers” and being ungrateful for her privileged position as a celebrity.

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The hate soon spun into a hurricane of vile comments, with D’Amelio even revealing she’d been sent death threats from angry viewers during a tearful Instagram live addressing the situation. She even lost 1 million followers over the ordeal.

She has discussed the matter yet again in a solo December 3 episode of her ‘2 Chix’ podcast sans sister Dixie D’Amelio, hitting back at the shocking amount of hate she received over the scandal.

“The thing that I think happened was, it spiraled completely out of control,” she said of the situation. “It turned into a place where I was getting threats for my life. When talking about this on Live, I got emotional, because that’s not something that people take lightly.”

“I feel like people really have to understand that yes, I do have a substantial amount of people that follow me on social media,” she continued. “That does not mean that I am not a person. …The entire situation was taken completely out of proportion by lots of people.”

“I know I’m not a disrespectful person. I know that I’m not a genuinely horrible person. I know I’m a good person, at the end of the day. Whether or not everyone agrees with that is for them to figure out, and that’s totally fine.”

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Charli’s podcast shines a light on the growing negativity from social media platforms like TikTok, which even bullied the likes of Taio Cruz off the website within just a few days of him creating an account.

This situation serves as an important reminder to remember that no matter the circumstances, there’s always another person behind your phone screen who your words are directly affecting — 100 million followers or not.