Tyler “Ninja” Blevins pulled in some of the highest viewership that YouTube Gaming has seen on his first-ever stream on the Google-owned platform. The popular Fortnite streamer pulled in over 167,000 peak concurrent viewers and a total viewership of over 2.7 Million at the time of writing. Ninja’s peak viewership in his first stream on YouTube was close to a ridiculous 167k — almost double his peak viewership on Mixer which was 85,876.
It seems like he is still one of the biggest Western streamers in the world despite his stint at Mixer.
The announcement of Ninja’s first-ever stream on YouTube was inadvertently leaked to fans, after a test stream briefly went live on his YouTube channel. Although it was quickly deleted, a screenshot of this was captured by Fortnite leaker HYPEX on Twitter which caused many to speculate that he had joined YouTube Gaming as an exclusive streamer.
However, later in the day, Esports and gaming insider Rod "Slasher" Breslau denied these claims stating that "Ninja is currently in negotiations with streaming platforms and no exclusive deal has yet been signed, including YouTube".
Following this Ninja put out a Tweet at 09:33 PM on 8th July, which simply said “One hour”.
He then tweeted out the link to his first-ever YouTube stream where he played Fortnite with popular FPS game streamers Jack “CourageJD” Dunlop, Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, and Tyler Timothy “TimTheTatman” Betar.
During his short stream, he commented, “You know what's crazy man? Not streaming for a month, I almost forgot that nobody knows what's going on with me."
“Thank you so much for watching this first-ever incredible YouTube stream, I didn’t really know what to expect,” Ninja said at the end of his one and half hour stream., “The stream ... and streams ... there's gonna be a lot more, sooner rather than later."
Unfortunately, it looks like we do not know where Ninja’s future destination is going to be even after his first stream on YouTube Gaming. His future like that of Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek (who also left Mixer) and Herschel "Dr. Disrespect" Beahm IV is still very uncertain, leaving a big void in the Western streaming space.
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