Who are ‘xQc’ and ‘Old Ninja’?
Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel is a popular streamer on Twitch, having made the transition to streaming full time after he was released by Overwatch League pro team Dallas Fuel in March 2018. Since then, he has grown massively on Twitch through playing a variety of games, boasting over 1 million followers on his channel.
‘Old Ninja’ refers to Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, and how he behaved on stream as he grew in popularity during Fortnite’s early few seasons. During this time, he operated under the username ‘NinjasHyper’, trash talked opponents and resorted to profanity frequently.
However, since becoming the most subscribed to Twitch creator ever, he took a change in direction, ditching the bad language to make himself more family (and advertiser) friendly, as well as swapping his trademark bedroom for a brand new, Red Bull sponsored, stream room.
The change in behaviour has left many fans nostalgic for ‘Old Ninja’, arguing that the ‘new’ Ninja is not as entertaining to watch.
Why are people comparing xQc to ‘Old Ninja’?
While streaming on April 17, xQc was involved in a battle on Fortnite, and quickly dispatched of two opponents, using a Heavy Assault Rifle on the first, before shotgunning the second to eliminate them.
This prompted the Canadian to amusingly trash talk his victims, simply resorting to “get fucked, pussy” after eliminating the first. He is then quickly pushed by the second, who is likely looking to capitalise on a potentially weakened player.
However, after a short battle, xQc successfully manoeuvres around his challenger and eliminates him, proceeding to hilariously rip into his opponents. “You’re all so bad!” xQc exclaims. “Like, quit the game. There’s so many things you could do with your time than play Fortnite. You’re fucking trash!”
After watching the clip and comparing it to prominent ‘Old Ninja’ clips, it is easy to see why people are drawing comparisons between the two, as the animated nature of their excitement and the use of profanity are undoubtedly similar.
Maybe, after months of passionate streaming, xQc can act as a substitute for the Fortnite fans who have long been hoping Blevins would return to his old ways.