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‘Red Bull Rise Till Dawn’ Fortnite Tournament With Ninja Sold Out In Under Three Hours

Published: 17/Jun/2018 20:05 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 17:02

by Scott Mahoney

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins announced his partnership with Red Bull and a Fortnite event where fans could challenge him during a live stream on June 17th. 

And tournament, taking place in Chicago, ‘Red Bull Rise Till Dawn’ reportedly sold out in less than three hours after its initial announcement via Ninja’s stream.

As Fortnite has soared in popularity so has battle royale streamer Ninja, and he is widely considered to be one of the game’s best players.

His meteoric rise to the top of Twitch has allowed him to display his incredible skills and collaborate with some of the worlds most influential pop culture icons like Drake, and now secure him sponsorships with some of the biggest brands, most recently Red Bull.

Most fans would love the opportunity to play against the streamer and with this recent announcement several will have the chance.

The event will feature a duos competition and a first place prize of $2,250 for whoever comes out on top.

No official word who Ninja will be teaming with as of yet, but he did mention he had his eyes on fellow Twitch streamer DrLupo.

So with the popularity of Ninja and Fortnite generally, it apparently took only a matter of hours to sell out the event, according to ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell.

Competitors must be 18 years of age or older and will face off on July 21st at Chicago’s Willis Tower.

Fans who did not get the chance to enter will be able to watch the event being live streamed via Twitch on his official channel.

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Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua banned from FNCS by Epic Games

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:44

by Theo Salaun

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Fortnite World Cup champion David ‘aqua’ Wang has been banned by Epic Games, following controversy over alleged stream sniping against FNCS opponents.

Aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, were accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Aqua banned by Epic Games

On October 25, aqua confirmed that his account had been banned from competitive, with Epic Games simply providing the reason as “other.”

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by participating past the first match of the Finals. 

It was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy simply joked about the incident.

 

At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.