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Ninja slams influencers complaining about Epic Games: “No one is forcing you to play”

Published: 27/Apr/2019 10:29 Updated: 27/Apr/2019 10:48

by Joe Craven


Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has criticized how other Fortnite Battle Royale influencers are behaving, as they continue to protest the direction Epic Games is taking.

Why are people criticizing Epic Games?   

Many prominent members of the Fortnite community, including entertainers and professional players, have recently censured Epic Games for the way they are handling their game. Many of these complaints can be traced back to March’s v8.20 update, and Epic’s reluctance to add a FOV slider to Fortnite Battle Royale.

These complaints were magnified on April 26, when Epic announced their latest ‘Competitive Update’, which received overwhelmingly negative feedback from many notable community members. However, Ninja has since hit out at many of these influencers, suggesting that the way in which they are criticizing Epic is hollow.

Twitter: FaZe AveryFaZe Clan streamer Avxry was one of many who was unhappy with the update.

Ninja criticizes complaining streamers and YouTubers

On April 26, while streaming Arena mode in preparation for the Fortnite World Cup, Ninja was discussing the recent backlash over Epic Games’ ‘Competitive Update’.

He appeared to suggest that influencers who are overtly critical of Fortnite’s recent decisions should stop playing the game, as that would make more of a statement to Epic, rather than continuing to play the game but saying negative things about it.

“No one’s forcing anyone to play this game,” explained Ninja. “No one’s forcing anyone to stream this game. Guess what? Everyone makes their living off it. They’re gonna continue to stream, upload YouTube videos, tweet out clips, compete in tournaments. If you really feel so strongly about it, stop playing.”

Ninja went on to suggest that the way these influencers are affecting their audiences is also negative: “Instead what happens is everyone uses their audiences that they have, on Twitter and social media and Twitch, and they’re doing what they’re doing right now; complaining so much and bringing all of their audience to think the exact same thing.”

In spite of the negativity that has surrounded their game for a while, the latest updates from Epic suggest they have no intention of changing the direction in which they are taking.

Whatever happens next, it is clear Ninja thinks more of a statement would be made if people were to simply boycott the game for a while, rather than spread negativity throughout their audiences.


Pokimane releases her own Fedmyster document to “put drama to rest”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 2:01

by Theo Salaun


Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has conclusively responded to recent leaks about OfflineTV drama from Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan. In her own extensive document, the popular streamer shares her side of the story with texts and other sources.

The drama surrounding Fedmyster and the OTV house bubbled, then simmered, then boiled back up with a thorough document which was leaked, then shared by Fedmyster to give his side of the story. 

Fed, who has been accused of numerous improprieties, used texts and messages to provide evidence of his perspective and show some humanity. In the end, he tried to clarify for the public that the matter was resolved: “We both made mistakes and have owned up to them privately. I hope everyone reading will try to move on from all this as we certainly have already.”

But Poki immediately appeared perturbed by the leaked document, which included flirtatious messages between them as a means of demonstrating that Fed had been led on. In a brief Twitch stream, she noted Fed’s “manipulative” behavior and discomfort with private messages being leaked publicly.

Now, she’s gone a step further and shared her own doc to share her side of things and hopefully shut down any more need for gossip.

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Instagram: Fedmyster
Pokimane and Fedmyster’s relationship is a long, complicated one.

In an 11-page document, including pictures of messages between herself and Fedmyster, as well as with other people, Poki clarifies context and attempts to remove biases that she felt Fed had pushed.

While understandably uncomfortable with private conversations being leaked, the streamer indicates that she is compelled to share her side because of Fed’s document: “Looking back, I would’ve done a lot of things differently, and know for a fact that neither of us handled the situation perfectly. However, our private convos heavily lacked context, and I’m not okay with how they’re being misrepresented.”

In one such example of giving context, she explains how one of the more egregiously received examples of flirting was actually misconstrued to suggest that she wanted to be alone with Fed in a hotel room.

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Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys
A screenshot of Poki’s doc shows how Fed’s leaks lacked context.

Unwilling to be abdicated of responsibility for the complicated relationship, Poki asserts that she regrets many of her messages and actions.

Similarly, she contends that Fed’s “feelings are valid and a good reminder to me that what one person thinks may be going on in a friendship, don’t always match up with the other person’s expectations.”

The document tackles every issue brought up in Fed’s document, including the two’s relationship as well as drama with Yvonne, OTV, and Jodi.

But, ultimately, these are private matters and the additional context simply proves that Fed’s account may have misled in that it failed to account for other perspectives.

Poki’s hopes are that this new context will finally help “put drama to rest.”