Ninja Discusses the Future of Fortnite Esports, Going Pro vs Streaming and Who he Thinks is the Best Player - Dexerto

Ninja Discusses the Future of Fortnite Esports, Going Pro vs Streaming and Who he Thinks is the Best Player

Published: 26/Jul/2018 18:24

by Calum Patterson


Ninja has discussed all things Fortnite in a recent interview, revealing who he believes is the best player in the game, and how Epic Games can make Fortnite esports a lasting success.

Ninja, real name Tyler Blevins, ascended to become the best known Fortnite player and streamer, in parallel with game’s own rapid success.

He has also been at the forefront of the competitive side of Fortnite. As a former esports professional himself in Halo, he has so far organized two competitive events himself, as well as participation in the Friday Fortnite tournaments, and winning the E3 Pro-Am event.

His very first Fortnite tournament, organized in conjunction with Esports Arena Las Vegas, beat the concurrent viewership record for a personal stream, with over 600,000 (beating his own previous record when he streamed duos with Drake).

So, how does Ninja think Epic Games can ensure the longevity of Fortnite esports? He explains, speaking to ESPN, that it is all about consistency.

“Epic needs to make sure that the tournament format is everything. Battle Royale’s are ‘RNG’ (random number generated). I think that getting as far away from that as possible, and developing the most consistent style tournament, bracket, layout, really is what going to give it the validation that it needs.

And I think that is one thing that they are really focusing on. Making sure that it’s fun to watch. Esports is always about the most ‘competitive’, but I think you’re always going to get the top players rising to the top. But making as fun as possible to watch is [Epic’s] focus, and that’s important.”

So, who exactly does Ninja think these ‘top players’ are at the moment? Well, he is modest, and says that at the moment the competition is yet to diversify and filter out the ‘best’ from the ‘good’.

“There’s so many [good players], and I think the worst part is that the only ones who get recognition are the streamers. I’ve played the game for almost 1000 hours, maybe more, and there are people that kill me everyday.

Whether or not I made a mistake, or I wasn’t trying as hard, there are still great players who don’t stream. I don’t think there is a specific way to say ‘this guy is better than this guy, or this guy is up and coming’. I think the more tournaments that allow people to come in who don’t necessarily have a following or a status, that will be the best way to determine the best up and coming [players].”

And as for Ninja’s own plans to play professionally or focus solely on streaming, he says he hasn’t made his mind up yet.

“I am still right now on the fence. I don’t know if I want to focus on one or the other. I know that I would have to go to these tournaments. It’s going to take away from my stream time, take away from content, that also takes away from my Instagram, my YouTube channel and also my Twitter clips, that get a tonne of interactions and mentions. All of that falls off when I start going to tournaments, and if I don’t win those tournaments, then I don’t recoup that money back.

Right now, these online events that are going on are absolutely perfect, where I can stay at home, stream the entire thing, gain subscribers and ad revenue. And also bring in new followers, it’s just a win-win to stay at home and stream.”

You can watch the full interview with Ninja and ESPN below.


Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua banned from FNCS by Epic Games

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:44

by Theo Salaun


Fortnite World Cup champion David ‘aqua’ Wang has been banned by Epic Games, following controversy over alleged stream sniping against FNCS opponents.

Aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, were accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Aqua banned by Epic Games

On October 25, aqua confirmed that his account had been banned from competitive, with Epic Games simply providing the reason as “other.”

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by participating past the first match of the Finals. 

It was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy simply joked about the incident.


At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.