Ninja hits back as fan calls him a "hypocrite" over Dakotaz Fortnite drama - Dexerto

Ninja hits back as fan calls him a “hypocrite” over Dakotaz Fortnite drama

Published: 9/Jan/2020 14:10 Updated: 9/Jan/2020 14:36

by Matt Porter


Popular streamer Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins has hit back at viewers who call him a “hypocrite,” after he ranted about the current state of Fortnite.

The 28-year-old has been openly critical of those who use social media to bash the game, especially fellow streamers who have made a living by playing it. This opinion saw him involved in a public spat with Twitch streamer Brett ‘Dakotaz’ Hoffman, who eventually blocked Ninja after venting his annoyance about the Mixer star’s opinion on his critiques.

Despite his desire not to complain about the game, Ninja has grown increasingly frustrated with Fortnite in recent weeks and even admitted that he’s not enjoying playing the game in its current state after running into a host of bugs while playing on January 6.

Twitter: NinjaNinja has become increasingly annoyed by Fortnite.

While playing on January 8, though, the former Halo pro once again found himself frustrated after trying to take control of a wall. He eventually failed to do so and got blasted by his opponent’s shotgun. After ranting about the game for a few moments, the streamer then turned his attention to the chat, where one user had made a comparison that angered him.

“I hate this game,” he said in frustration. “I don’t understand how I can never take walls or floors, ever. I’m sitting there, I’m shooting and meleeing to replace it, and I just can’t compete! It’s so stupid! God, it’s so silly. Do I have to have zero ping to take a wall ever? So stupid.”

“And to the little sh*t that I saw who typed: ‘You’re doing what Dakotaz does and you’re being a hypocrite’, I literally say that popping off in the heat of the moment is completely different than just tweeting out a negative opinion and not being able to back up what you’re talking about. It’s much more easy to contain opinions when you’re [not] in a stream. As I said, I freaked out on the game and went on to explain what I didn’t like, and now we’re playing the game and it’s great.”

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Ninja’s thoughts on taking walls have been echoed by the Fortnite community ever since Epic Games confirmed that they had removed the coin-flip mechanic, which gave players on higher ping a better chance of gaining control. Once again, it’s based on the ping, with whoever has the lowest gaining a distinct advantage over their opponent. A frustrating feature for many players.

One thing’s for sure though: the streamer doesn’t appreciate being compared to those who criticize Fortnite on social media, and he wants to make it clear that his moments of rage in-game are completely different.


Ninja, TheGrefg, Loserfruit & Lachlan assemble for historic Fortnite Icon stream

Published: 18/Jan/2021 6:38

by Brad Norton


Ninja, Loserfruit, Lachlan, and TheGrefg are the mega popular streamers behind Fortnite’s first batch of Icon Series skins and all four of them just grouped up for a historic livestream.

January 16 marked the reveal of Fortnite’s first Icon Series skin. Ninja kicked things off with the new line of streamer-based skins. Fans had been eager to play as their favorite personalities in-game for years, and the Icon Series would pave the way for just that.

Loserfuit came next in June 2020. Followed by Lachlan in November 2020 and most recently, Grefg in January 2021. With all four now out in the wild, the streamers responsible all joined forces for a history Fortnite session.

Grefg and Ninja were the first two in the lobby.

“It was your free day right?” Grefg asked Ninja, who wasn’t intending to go live on January 17. “Correct,” Ninja responded. “But I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.”

Both Lachlan and Loserfruit had to make some sacrifices for the special moment as well. They were both playing from Australia on 220 ping but were more than happy to do so for the huge occasion.

All four players dropped into their first match wearing their respective Icon Series skins. It marked the first time in Fortnite history that they were all in the same lobby, let alone on the same team.

“Alright guys, this is an ‘iconic’ moment,” Ninja said as all four icons gathered to heal up. “Everyone has their own skin,” Lachlan followed up. “That’s crazy to think about.” 

Collectively the squad boasts over 57 million subscribers on YouTube, with millions more supporting them across Twitch, Twitter, and other platforms. It’s undeniably one of the biggest powerhouse teams to ever drop into a game of Fortnite.

Naturally, their first game together was an emphatic win.

Not only did they get the victory with ease, but they even taunted their final enemy. Boxing the last player in and emoting at the same time to add insult to injury.

Given the time zone differences and the ping difference between them, it’s likely this is a one-off spectacle.

When future Icon Series skins are added, we could see new star-studded quads joining forces. But for now, this will go down as the most iconic Fortnite team yet.