Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is currently scheduled to take part in the Fortnite Battle Royale Celebrity Pro-Am, but revealed that he is trying to withdraw from the tournament as he looks to secure qualification to the $30 million World Cup.
The Celebrity Pro-Am is part of the upcoming Summer Block Party which takes place on June 15 and 16, and sees some of the game’s most popular streamers and professional players team up with celebrities in a duos tournament.
Ninja is one of the headline streamers at the event, and is set to team with former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, but it seems like the Twitch star might be trying to remove himself from the competition entirely.
While streaming on May 3, Ninja discussed the issues he had with the tournament with fellow Twitch broadcaster and caster Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo, revealing that he is currently trying to cancel his appearance so he can focus on securing a spot at Fortnite World Cup, as the final week of qualifiers takes place on the same weekend as the Pro-Am.
“I’m trying to get out of it,” the Detroit native said. “It’s a whole thing dude. I’m not trying to get out of it, I still want to be a part of it, but in a way that I can still play on Sunday.”
The former Halo pro explained that even if he does manage to find a way to attend the Pro-Am and compete in the qualifiers, he will still be putting himself at a disadvantage as the event takes place in Los Angeles, California.
“Here’s the thing though, me being physically there means I’ll be on west coast, which means I’ll be playing with Reverse2k on east coast, which means I’ll be playing on 80 to 90 ping.”
DrLupo suggested that Ninja could fly his long-time duos partner Malachi ‘Reverse2k’ Greiner out to L.A. for the weekend and have both players compete in the NA West qualifiers, although the Detroit native didn’t seem too keen on the idea.
Ninja concluded: “I’ll figure it out. Priorities. I committed, so if they can’t find a replacement or another way to be involved that makes them happy, I’m going to play in it," seemingly confirming that he's approached Epic Games in the hope that they can find someone to take his place.
The Twitch star isn’t the only player who has an issue with the Celebrity Pro-Am and the final week of World Cup qualifiers being scheduled for the same weekend. Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney and Dennis ‘Cloak’ Lepore are also slated to take part in the competition, but have called on Epic Games to postpone the final qualifiers to allow players and spectators to be involved in the Pro-Am.
The Pro-Am sees a number of popular streamers such as Tim ‘Timthetatman’ Betar and Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop teaming up with celebrities and athletes like PANIC! At The Disco signer Brendon Urie and soccer star Douglas Costa.
Ninja’s comment that he’ll play should Epic be unable to find a replacement for him indicates that the developers may at least be trying to release him from the tournament, but with community pressure mounting, it’s possible they may adjust their schedule to give everyone the best chance at qualification.