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Top 5 ways Ninja’s new book will help you “Get Good”

Published: 22/Aug/2019 22:38 Updated: 22/Aug/2019 23:24

by Eli Becht


Streaming superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins released his debut book “Ninja: Get Good” on August 20, and here are five helpful tips we learned from reading it.

The Twitch-turned-Mixer superstar revealed an avalanche of information about what it takes to become a successful streamer and gaming pro.

Boasting a ton of tips to share about how he rose to the top of both the streaming and competitive gaming scenes, let’s dive right in and take a look at some of the best ones he revealed in his new book.

Ninja / TwitterNinja is now the top streamer on Mixer.

1. Know the importance of good equipment

Ninja wants everyone to know that having the right monitor, mouse, keyboard, headset, etc. are all important to keep in mind.

Not every mouse is a one-size-fits-all type deal, so you’ll need to find what’s right for you. He explains how a high-refresh rate monitor will be key for competitive games like Fortnite, so if you’re taking your career seriously, you’ll want to invest in one.

Penguin Random HouseNinja explains what makes a good mouse for gaming.

2. Plan practice sessions

If you plan on taking your gaming career to the next level, it’s important to get a lot of practice in. Instead of jumping into the action right away, maybe consider a few warm-up rounds.

“Play a match,” he wrote. “Have fun, but use it to get into your practice headspace. Remember: you’re not just playing, you’re working, too.”

3. Making money streaming is the least important part

Ninja explains that of all the reasons to start streaming, hoping to make money out of it should be the least of your concerns.

“Of all the reasons to stream on Twitch (or wherever), this one is the least important,” he wrote. “If your metric for success on Twitch is getting rich, you’re going to end up disappointed.”

Penguin Random HouseNinja shared many tips that made him successful in his new book.

4. Interact with other streamers

When you stop streaming, the work doesn’t end there, as you’ll have to continue fostering relationships and networking when you aren’t live.

“Beyond building new friendships, it will also help you create your community,” Ninja said. “Seek out other streamers both offline and online. Hop on to their streamers somethings (and be sure to invite them to yours). Doing so will expose you to new audiences and new streamers to play with.

Penguin Random HouseAn excerpt from “Ninja: Get Good.”

5. Have a comfortable setup

Building off the importance of having good peripherals, you need to make sure they are set up in a comfortable manner for you.

Ninja says your monitor should be at eye level and you should be sitting one arm’s length from it. Your desk should be one that can fit your knees under comfortable, but low enough that your arms are parallel to the ground when they are on your mouse and keyboard.

All in all, it’s a solid read for anyone looking to get into streaming or trying to figure out how to take their gaming career to the next level. 

You can pick up “Ninja: Get Good” at every major bookstore or online retailer.


Twitch accused of hypocrisy after permanently banning streamer for their account age

Published: 24/Jan/2021 18:10 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 18:14

by Dexerto


After streamer AverageHarry was permanently banned because his account was created when he was under 13, Twitch viewers have pointed out that other streamers in a similar position have not faced the same consequences.

Twitch regularly faces scrutiny over their moderation decisions and bans for streamers, which often spark confusion over what exactly the rules allow.

The DMCA drama from October left many big streamers stripping their channels of content in fear of a takedown, and Twitch’s TOS policy change that restricted the use of words like ‘simp’ left streamers in fear of breaking the rules unintentionally.

15-year-old streamer AverageHarry was denied Twitch partnership earlier in January due to the fact that he made his account before the age of 13, after waiting 72 days for a response to his application.

While that was already a pretty tough blow, things were made worse when, on January 23, he was perma-banned. He clarified on Twitter that: “I am allowed to make another account, but I have just lost nearly 90k followers.”

But now Twitch users are noticing some inconsistencies in Twitch’s decision to ban Harry, as popular streamers, with millions of followers, also made their account when under 13 – but have not faced bans.

One user pointed out that hugely popular 16-year-old streamer TommyInnit had his account when he was only 11, but has not faced the same issues in terms of partner status and bans. The user called it “gross hypocrisy” from Twitch.

Tommyinnit’s Twitch account was made when he was 11 years old. Gross hypocrisy from Twitch or what? from r/LivestreamFail

Another commenter pointed out that several Fortnite streamers are all in a similar position, with some of them having likely started their accounts when they were under the age of 13. Streamer ONSCREEN highlighted a list of streamers with millions of followers, all of whom made accounts when younger than 13 – some as young as 10.

If Twitch followed through on bans for all of the streamers who made their account when they were below 13, even if they have since surpassed that age, it would certainly spell bad news for a lot of large communities on the site.

However, it is also possible that there are conditions within the Twitch TOS that are accounting for these discrepancies, meaning some streamers are still permitted to keep their account according to the rules, even if they made their account before the age of 13.

The reason for the 13-year-old age limit is linked to COPPA laws, which aim to protect young people online. In 2019, Google and YouTube had to pay a record $170 million to settle allegations of COPPA laws.

Harry revealed that he only signed up for Twitch two months before he turned 13, saying: “I spent 2 years and nearly 2000 hours streamed just for it to be taken away because I signed up 2 months early.”

Fans of Harry are now looking to Twitch for answers regarding the confusing situation.

AverageHarry makes new Twitch account

As he was allowed to do, AverageHarry has now made a new Twitch account, and asked for his fans to follow him there.

Within 24 hours of opening the account, he has already accrued 3,700 followers, and will be gunning to hit five figures soon. But, getting back to his original 90,000 will prove a challenge.