Popular streamer and Fortnite extraordinaire, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, continues to break records as he ascends to the top of the internet and gaming world.
The former professional Halo player decided to start streaming full time in 2017, playing titles such as H1Z1 and PUBG to a decent audience of around six to ten thousand concurrents. That all changed when he started playing Fortnite.
The popularity of Fortnite began to explode in late 2017 and early 2018, and Ninja was at the forefront of that movement as he capitalized on the demand. This was helped by other big streamers continuing to ignore the game.
Not only was Ninja a god at the title, but he was also smart in how he marketed his clips online. He would share his best moments to Instagram, Twitter and YouTube alongside streaming for hours each day on Twitch.
In early May 2018 he surpassed the ten million subscriber milestone on YouTube, and according to YouTube’s head of gaming, Ryan ‘Fwiz’ Wyatt, he did it in record time.
The pair met at E3 2018 when Fwiz presented Ninja with the elusive Diamond Play Button.
Fwiz explained in his Tweet that Ninja grew his channel from one million subs to ten million in under 100 days, making him the fastest non-music content creator to achieve such the feat.
A massive congrats to @Ninja on his 10M diamond play button! Ninja grew his channel from 1M to 10M subscribers faster than any other non-music channel in the history of YouTube, and he did it in under a 100 days. INSANE! Congrats!! Special appearance by @marshmellomusic!! pic.twitter.com/hgmUooqUj0
— Ryan Wyatt (@Fwiz) June 11, 2018
Ninja will be competing alongside EDM DJ, Marshmello, in the E3 Pro-Am $3m Fortnite tournament on June 12th in Los Angeles.
Make sure you check out the Fortnite Pro-Am tournament which will take place from 3:30pm PST (6:30pm EST, 11:30pm BST) live from E3. Click here to find out everything you need to know about the event.