In the gaming world, few personalities can stack up against popular streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins in terms of name recognition in recent months.
Ninja originally made his name known throughout the gaming world as a professional Halo player for multiple years, yet decided to retire from competition to pursue a full-time career in content creation.
Now that many consider him the ‘face of Twitch’ with a collection of records on the platform in regards to concurrent viewers, subscribers, and other accolades, he has crept into the mainstream eye in terms of popularity.
His prowess on Twitch and YouTube, along with a record-breaking stream with Drake, Travis Scott, and others, allowed him to be the first gamer on the top 10 list for athletes in terms of social media interactions for the month of March according to Hookit.
However, while some may have thought that his presence on the list may have been propelled by his star-studded streams, Ninja returned as the number one spot for the month of April with over 150 million interactions, beating out the likes of some of the most popular athletes in the world.
People can argue about whether gamers are athletes or if Ninja’s insane run reflects on esports or just gaming more broadly. All of this misses the point.
In 2018, a gamer can drive more social engagement than Ronaldo, LeBron, or Brady. What at time to be alive.
— Bryce Blum (@esportslaw) May 8, 2018
With his channel and the Twitch community only continuing to grow, it does not appear that Ninja will be slowing down anytime soon at the time of writing.
The full list of Hookit social media interaction rankings for the month of April 2018 can be viewed right here.