Ninja explains why he thinks streamers want Fortnite to “die”

Published: 11/Jan/2020 18:44

by Scott Robertson


One of the most popular faces in Fortnite, Mixer streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, has a new theory on why he thinks so many streamers are being so critical towards the game, and the reason they want the battle royale to go away.

It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Fortnite dies. The game has gone from early access to a cultural phenomenon in just over a couple of years. It’s been a driving force on sites like Twitch and YouTube, creating careers for some players and personalities while catapulting some of them into stardom.

One of the Epic Games title’s stars has arguably reached the realm of superstardom in Ninja. The popular streamer signed a bananas deal to stream exclusively with Mixer, and has seen his career rise to levels where he can sign Adidas deals, stream with celebrities, and launch wildly popular merch lines.

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Ninja has built himself a streaming empire.

But Ninja is well aware of the haters that are out there, and has a theory for why so many of those haters are streamers that want Fortnite to burn up after its time in the sun.

“This is my new theory,” he said while streaming the battle royale with Reverse2k. “Everyone is trying to now hate on Fortnite, and wishing that the game would die, so that another game could come out, so they can blow up and become famous with a new game.”

The 28-year-old then performed a mocking impression of “all the butthurt kids who don’t like Fortnite” complaining about no one watching them. 

I’m so good, but no one watches me, so like Fortnite’s dumb! It’s bad! I’m waiting for the new game to come out. When’s the next game gonna come out so that I can stream it and then I can be the biggest!” he mimicked.

Despite Ninja’s theory about what young streamers’ opinion about the game is, he also holds on to the belief that Fortnite will never go away. When Reverse2k brought up a hypothetical situation about it ending, Ninja quickly corrected him, saying, “It is not gonna end, I promise you.”

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Epic Games
Bugha became an instant Fortnite star with a victory at the Fortnite World Cup.

The idea of upcoming streamers looking for new games to help “launch their careers” isn’t very far-fetched, as recent big releases are testament to a popular game’s ability to boost streaming stars. More recent titles like Apex Legends and Escape from Tarkov are helping newer streamers reach insane heights, while also bringing in fresh sets of eyes on already established personalities.

Fortnite itself has created more stars than just Ninja, and while many of these streamers branch out to play other popular games as well, a lot of them don’t stray too far from the iconic title that helped them accomplish so much.

The success of the battle royale hasn’t stopped other games from becoming popular on their own, and thus hasn’t stopped newer streamers from “blowing up” with the success of those titles. If, and this is a big if, Fortnite were to end, it’s hard to imagine any new game completely filling the void it would leave.


How to unlock the Predator skin & cosmetics in Fortnite

Published: 20/Jan/2021 17:50 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 17:51

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite has been teasing the arrival of a Predator skin throughout Season 5, and now he’s finally arrived on The Island. Here’s how to unlock his skin.

Season 5 of Fortnite has introduced a number of exciting crossover skins to tie in with its ‘bounty hunter’ theme, including The Mandalorian, God of War’s Kratos, and Halo’s Master Chief. So what’s next? Well, it’s the Predator’s turn now.

The terrifying character first appeared in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hit 1987 movie Predator and went on to spawn a massive franchise of sequels and spin-offs. He’s easily one of the most recognizable characters in movie history.

Predator Boss Fortnite
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Predator has arrived at Stealthy Stronghold in Fortnite Season 5.

There have been plenty of hints about Predator’s arrival already given throughout Season 5, including the alien warrior’s logo appearing on a door, a helicopter crash site, and a truck being used as a generator like in the movie.

It’s now been confirmed that Predator has landed in Fortnite, and fans are pretty hyped for his arrival. Here’s everything you need to know about unlocking the skin so you can use it yourself.

How to unlock the Predator skin in Fortnite

Following the v15.21 update, players who have purchased the Season 5 Battle Pass will be able to see a new Mystery Rewards section, which is where you can view the Jungle Hunter Quests that need to be completed to unlock Predator cosmetics.

As you can see in the Battle Pass menu below, unlocking the Predator skin requires you to complete one very challenging task: Defeat Predator. This won’t be easy, and it’s recommended you do it in Squads to get some support.

Fortnite Predator Skin

To defeat Predator, you’ll need to head to Stealthy Stronghold and locate him. He’s incredibly agile and will utilize his Cloaking Device to turn almost invisible, so taking him down will be a very difficult task.

There will also be plenty of other players trying to complete this challenge and unlock Predator, so it’s going to be mayhem. We’ve put together a guide to defeating Predator that might help you in your mission.

How to unlock Predator emote, back bling & pickaxe

As well as the Predator skin, players with the Battle Pass can unlock a Yautja Wristblades pickaxe, a Hunter’s Trophy back bling, The Hunt loading screen, a Bio-Helmet Online emote, and a Hunter’s Arsenal weapon wrap.

Here are the Jungle Hunter Quests you’ll need to complete to unlock them all:

  • Find mysterious pod (Banner Icon)
  • Talk with Beef Boss, Remedy, and Dummy (Logo Emote)
  • Collect Medkits (Graffiti Spray)
  • Collect Legendary Weapons or rarer (Loading Screen)
  • Defeat Predator (Predator Skin)
  • Complete a Bounty as Predator (Hunter’s Trophy Back Bling)
  • Visit Predator’s apartment in Hunter’s Haven as Predator (Bio-Helmet Online Emote)
  • Spend 30 seconds within 10 meters of a player as Predator (Yautja Wristblades Pickaxe)
  • Deal damage while thermal is active as Predator (Hunter’s Arsenal Weapon Wrap)

The Bio-Helmet Online emote in particular is one you’ll definitely want to unlock, as it allows the player to remove Predator’s mask and reveal the horrifying face underneath.

We have a feeling this will become a fan favorite in Fortnite very quickly.