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Fortnite Battle Royale • May 08, 2019

TSM Myth explains why being a "big streamer" has hurt his esports career

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TSM Myth explains why being a "big streamer" has hurt his esports career
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TSM’s Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani has explained how being one of the biggest streamers on Twitch has had an adverse affect on his competitive Fortnite Battle Royale career, with the pro player revealing that he finds it difficult to find people to play with.

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Myth is one of the most popular Fortnite Battle Royale players in the world, regularly drawing thousands of viewers to his Twitch channel who tune in to watch the high-level gameplay that he showcases while playing.

While Myth remains one of the platform’s most recognizable streamers, his success on Twitch has hampered his esports career, as revealed by the streamer on Tuesday, May 7.

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Myth has become one of the top streamers on Twitch since the release of Fortnite.

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Myth’s rise to fame on Twitch

For many streamers, the release of Fortnite Battle Royale back in September 2017 led to a huge period of growth, with the game quickly becoming the most popular title in the world among Twitch viewers and players alike.

Myth, who was a relatively small streamer on the platform prior to the launch of the game, saw his popularity skyrocket, regularly drawing over 100,000 viewers in the early days of the game's lifespan thanks to fans tuning into his broadcast when Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins finished streaming.

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Viewers would leave Ninja's channel once he finished streaming and head straight to Myth.

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Twitch success hamper’s Myth’s competitive career

Myth, while being one of the game’s biggest streamers, is also the team captain of TSM’s esports team, and can be regularly seen competing at some of the game's biggest tournaments in the hope of securing victory.

His Twitch career has hampered aspects of his competitive career though, specifically his search for a duos partner, with Myth claiming that people act differently when they are being broadcast on his stream, and are worse teammates because of it.

“People genuinely, really, really play differently with me compared to if they were playing with someone who isn’t a big streamer,” the TSM member told his chat. “It’s actually a big issue. They [communicate] differently, they react differently. They won’t ‘alpha up’ in [communication] if they need to.”

Myth appears to have found his match though, teaming up with Misfits Gaming’s Jacob ‘Heads’ Churchfield in the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers, with the TSM captain stating that he liked Heads’ decision to stand up to him.

“There was a time in the tournament when I countered one of his calls and he said ‘No, we’re doing it, trust,’” concluded Myth. “I was like, ‘F*ck it, okay’ and damn, he was right. That’s good. Personally, that’s what I like.”

While Myth and Heads' partnership seems to be working for the pair, it has yet to translate into Fortnite World Cup qualification, with the duo missing out on securing a spot on May 5.

There are still six weeks of qualifying left for the World Cup, though, so there is plenty of time for Myth and Heads to book their place in New York City for the finals.

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