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Top Fortnite streamers come to defense of Ninja after Reddit witch hunt to “ruin his career”

Published: 18/Nov/2018 16:06 Updated: 18/Nov/2018 17:29

by Calum Patterson


After the most popular Fortnite streamer, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins found himself at the center of controversy over reporting opponents in game, fellow streamers have stepped up to defend him against what is now being seen as a conspiracy to ruin his career.

Ninja first received heat after wrongfully reporting a player for stream sniping, which he later apologized for, but not before many fans believed that Epic would take Ninja’s reports and act upon them immediately.

The Fortnite community, particularly on Reddit, accused Epic Games of allowing Ninja to wield too much power, with his reports on any player leading to a ban – despite this not being the case.

Just as this controversy appeared to settle, another, seemingly more egregious example on Ninja wrongfully reporting a player for “having a higher ping than me” surfaced on Reddit, with the player who Ninja had reported apparently banned a few days later.

However, as the Reddit post reached over 40,000 upvotes in 6 hours, a representative from Epic Games commented to state that the player who Ninja reported and the player who was banned, were actually different accounts entirely.

It became clear that a group of players had organized to make it look as though the account which Ninja reported for high ping had in fact been banned, simply by changing account names, as DrLupo explained.

Update: Ninja himself has also now spoken on the controversy, saying that many on Reddit will still believe the player was banned because of Ninja’s report, not seeing DrLupo’s Tweet.

Fellow streamer Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop said that people are always looking for a way to tear down those on top, saying fans will now focus on that small incident and not the rest of Ninja’s streaming.

TimTheTatman agreed, saying that although Ninja may have been in the wrong by reporting that player, there are many more instances of accepting a death and congratulating the opponent for playing well.

TSM member HighDistortion recalls that the Reddit community performed a similar witch hunt against Mr. Grimmmz during his height of popularity playing PUBG, calling them ‘clowns’.

Luminosity’s SypherPK was similarly dismissive of Reddit users’ attempts to tarnish Ninja’s reputation, saying they were plotting and labelling it “pathetic.”

It was clear that before Epic Games cleared up the confusion, many Redditors took it as absolute truth that the player had been banned directly because of Ninja’s report, and some even after accused Epic of just trying to cover it up.

Streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys expressed concern at how easily people believe what is posted to Reddit and shared on social media.

For now, it seems that Ninja is trying his best to ignore these attempts to attack his reputation, and is continuing to stream and produce content as normal.

Epic Games is also compensating users who were wrongly banned, and are looking into changing the in-game reporting system, to prevent misuse.


Myth justifies surprising decision to unfollow everyone on social media

Published: 3/Dec/2020 7:58

by Brad Norton


Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani is taking a new approach on social media, as the popular TSM content creator has revealed why he felt it was time to “experiment” by unfollowing everyone on all of his accounts.

Myth is one of the most popular content creators on the internet. The 21-year-old boasts over seven million followers on both Twitch and Instagram, with another four million subscribers on YouTube as well. He’s grown a massive community with his energetic vibes and impressive gameplay, but Myth just made a drastic change.

Across all social media accounts, the content creator has now wiped the slate clean. He no longer follows any streamer pals, no business contacts, or anyone in between. Myth follows a grand total of zero accounts across all of his platforms.

Why make such a sudden change? Myth explained it all in a series of tweets on December 2. In a difficult year as it is, he felt it was the right time to “experiment with having zero people followed across [his] social media sites.”

One of the main factors behind this decision was to stop himself from “comparing” to others. It can be easy to see idyllic Instagram posts, for instance, and feel a little down in the dumps by comparison. Everyone can empathize with that experience these days. So in order to block it out, his social media is now wiped clean.

The current global crisis certainly didn’t help either. “I’ve had some of the loneliest moments of my life,” he explained. “Social media doesn’t make that feeling any better, at least with the way I currently use it. It just ends up making me feel like other people got it better”

Obviously, most social media personalities are often sharing the highlights in their lives. Rarely do we see our favorite content creators truly breaking down that barrier and sharing everything. Most of the time, we only see what they want us to see. Myth is well aware of this and understands “that’s not the full reality of things.”

Despite this, it’s still a “really draining mindset to have,” he explained. “I wanna eradicate it.” In light of his transparency, countless others reached out to commend his decision. 

“You’re an amazing streamer,” Dakotaz followed up. “Do whatever you gotta do.”

While Myth has unfollowed everyone, he wanted to stress that he’ll still be active and interacting with his fanbase. “I can still see and appreciate comments and messages,” he added.

Don’t expect Myth to keep his accounts this clean forever though. It may be a solid reprieve during this chaotic year, but even he joked that in “six months [he’ll] definitely be back” to his usual ways.