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Ninja explains why his competitive Fortnite career has been “so unlucky”

Published: 11/Nov/2019 2:24 Updated: 11/Nov/2019 2:46

by Isaac McIntyre


Fortnite professional career, and how difficulty balancing married life, streaming, and rigorous scrims means he may skip the game’s 2020 World Cup entirely.

As one of the biggest names in Fortnite, Ninja has become near-synonymous with Epic Games’ global sensation, streaming his adventures across the battle royale to hundreds of thousands of fans every week on broadcast platforms like Mixer.

While Ninja is no stranger to competitive gaming — the blue-haired star first made his name playing for teams like Halo pro scene — and holds the record for most duo wins alongside Reverse2k, success at Fortnite’s highest has eluded him.

According to the Mixer star, his struggles to really make an impact in the professional scene for Epic’s title isn’t so much that he hasn’t tried, or can’t find his rhythm. Instead, he explained, it’s all come down to “being unlucky so many times” in tournaments.

Dennis Schneidler for USA TodayNinja failed to qualify for the inaugural Fortnite World Cup, and attended as an analyst.

“My competitive career is a joke in terms of how unlucky I am,” Ninja said. 

“I’ve had rules that have f*cked my out of a tournament placing, and out of a tournament, that everyone realizes how bad a rule or ruling it was, and the rule changes because of what happened to my team. It’s a joke, it happens to me in every single game I play.

“The tournament organizers say “Oh Ninja’s team, that’s against the rules!” and kick us out, and the next event they’re like “We’ve changed and updated a rule,” and it’s the rule that got us kicked out of the tournament in the first place!”

Ninja unloading on his luck in the competitive scene came after server issues bumped the Mixer star out of his Fortnite Championship Series qualifiers yesterday, while many other pros were still able to play, and collect more points in the Week 2 event.

The server problems, which known hacking community Lizard Squad claimed was them limit-testing their botnet’s strength, all but ruled Ninja out of scoring any meaningful points in the second round of the qualifiers, and delivered a heavy blow to his early FNCS chances.

“That’s what happened yesterday,” he said. “We were vibing, 30 points, just chilling, and then the servers go down for 30 minutes, and they come back up but they weren’t down for everyone so some people have their points still… whatever dude.”

David DoranNinja’s competitive peak came during Halo 4, when he won four tournament titles.

Ninja’s luck isn’t the only thing that’s keeping him from diving head-first into the competitive scene, and potentially finding the same success that he did during his stint in Halo 4, where he scored four first-place finishes, and seven top-three placements in eight tourneys.

There’s also the fact that he’s nearly 30 years old, and tied the knot with longterm sweetheart Jessica Goch in 2017. Between balancing his Mixer streaming career, his home life, and his competitive ambitions, he’s feeling stretched thin.

“I’m not going to be able to compete forever,” he admitted when talking about whether he would be contesting the 2020 World Cup qualifiers. “Jess and I are already feeling the stress of competing when you’re married.”

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Part of the problem they’ve found is when he was streaming regular day-time hours, they would be able to spend time together from 7pm onwards, and “go get dinner” or “see a movie,” to make sure they could maintain their relationship.

Now, however, scrims begin around the same time as those plans would normally start for the Blevins, and while Ninja admitted he is “still having fun” with it all, it’s something that will put a strain on his relationship in the long-run.

“I had my schedule done, I would get off around 6 or 7, we would have the night together,” he said. “Now I’m competing again, and scrims start when I’m supposed to get off, and I’m scrimming for 4 or 5 hours. It’s not fun for us together.”

Twitter: Jessica BlevinsBlevins explained that he won’t sacrifice his relationship with wife Jessica for his competitive career.

For Ninja, however, the grind continues for the moment. There’s every chance he may call it quits sometime in the near future, especially if playing in the FNCS qualifiers are putting stress on his home life, but for now, he’s giving it his best crack.

As long as he can avoid Lizard Squad server attacks, competitive rulings, and the regular stream-sniping he often suffers, maybe he can even keep the promise he made to his fans to make it to the 2020 World Cup — maybe even as a swan song for his competitive career.


NickEh30 gets Twitch streamer banned for allegedly stream sniping

Published: 25/Nov/2020 4:48 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 5:07

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


NickEh30’s latest Fortnite tournament was quite a spectacle, but it was tainted by an alleged stream sniper, who was reported and subsequently banned despite maintaining his innocence.

Nick ‘NickEh30’ Amyoony has been hosting a series of Fortnite tournaments in recent months. The latest one was the NickEh30 Cup. It gave players a chance to compete against some of the game’s biggest names in the scene for a chance to win $10,000.  

It was all positive for the most part. A lesser-known professional Fortnite player named  Crumble managed to impress and take home the prize. However, the tournament was marred with some unfortunate stream sniping drama.

NickEh30 Fortnite stream sniping ban

In the final match, several other players landed on NickEh30, including a Twitch streamer named ArchieFN. He eliminated NickEh30 and danced on his body for the better part of 30 seconds.

NickEh30 was less than impressed and looked disappointed and deflated on stream. It was a stark contrast to his usual upbeat and positive vibe. He was convinced ArchieFN was stream sniping and hopped into the replay mode to report him and a few others.

Fortunately, Epic Games responded almost instantly and banned ArchieFN for 24 hours as soon as he returned to the lobby. You can watch a full recap of the incident below and form your own opinion.

However, ArchieFN is maintaining his innocence. He claimed he wasn’t stream sniping at all. Instead, he said he wanted to “contest someone who wasn’t a tier-one pro” and decided to land on NickEh30 after seeing him land in the same spot during a previous game.

Still, he apologized for what he did and acknowledged that some might find it “scummy.” Sadly, that didn’t stop him from copping a bit of abuse, some of which was needless and extreme.

“Why am I waking up to 600 DMs telling me to kill myself?” he said. “I’m 20, and it doesn’t bother me at all, but the majority of the community is quite younger … you really need to think about what you’re saying to people on the internet.”

In the end, ArchieFN’s Fortnite ban won’t last more than a day. It isn’t too long to wait if he’s innocent, but it’s enough for a wake-up call if he’s guilty.

Either way, The NickEh30 was a success despite the stream sniping drama, and a rightful victor was still crowned.