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Ninja tops PewDiePie in 2019’s video gamer rich list

Published: 30/Jan/2020 1:11 Updated: 30/Jan/2020 12:35

by Albert Petrosyan

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Forbes have released the top 10 list of the highest-earning gaming content creators from 2019, which features star streamers like Ninja and shroud, as well as prominent YouTubers like PewDiePie and Markiplier.

Over the past few years, gaming has proved to be a very lucrative lifestyle for those who have reached the pinnacle of video game entertainment.

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In fact, the top 10 gamers in terms of 2019 earnings earned a combined $121 million from their content creation, sponsorships, and partnerships, a whopping figure that will raise the eyebrows of anyone not familiar with the industry.

Ninja - TwitterNinja’s deal with Microsoft and move to Mixer helped propel him to the top of 2019’s highest-paid gamers list.

That figure and the top 10 earners, were revealed in a report published by Forbes on January 29 – a list that features four streamers and six YouTubers.

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It’s important to note that this list does not include those who are solely pro gamers, as Forbes chose to focus purely on influencers.

It’s clear that Forbes chose to go with a much broader definition of “gamer,” since they chose to include the likes of PewDiePie and Markiplier, two YouTube icons whose channels don’t really focus too much on gaming anymore.

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Forbes’ list intentionally left out pro gamers, such as Fortnite star Bugha, who made $3 million from winning the World Cup Solos Finals.

Top-10 highest-paid gamers of 2019

It comes as no surprise that this list is topped by Ninja, who apparently made a whopping $17 million in a massive year for the superstar streamer.

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He announced sponsorships with Adidas, Red Bull, underwear brand PSD, signed a deal with Microsoft that saw him move from Twitch to Mixer, starred in an NFL Super Bowl commercial and even got his own skin in Fortnite.

He is joined on the list by shroud, another top streamer who moved to Mixer in 2019. Widely regarded as one of the most talented gamers out there, especially for first-person-shooters, the former CS:GO pro enjoyed a highly successful year playing a wide variety of games, most notably Apex Legends and Escape from Tarkov.

LIST OF 2019 TOP-10 EARNERS, ACCORDING TO FORBES

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  1. Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins – $17 million
  2. Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg – $15 million
  3. Preston ‘Preston’ Arsement – $14 million
  4. Mark ‘Markiplier’ Fischback – $14 million
  5. Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek – $12.5 million
  6. Daniel ‘DanTDM’ Middleton – $12 million
  7. Evan ‘VanossGaming’ Fong – $11.5 million
  8. Sean ‘Jacksepticeye’ McLouglin – $11 million
  9. Timothy ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar – $8 million
  10. Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff – $6 million
PewDiePie - YouTuberAlthough no longer strictly a gaming YouTuber, PewDiePie still managed to get second in Forbes’ list of highest-paid gamers of 2019.

With the trajectory that esports and gaming entertainment is on, expect these figures to be even higher once the 2020 list rolls around.

A lot of these content creators are in the prime of their careers so there’s no telling what new set of accomplishments they’ll boast this time next year.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.