Valorant entered its much-anticipated closed beta release today with a bang. Lots of Ninja's fans came to his defense on Twitter after the initial blowback, saying that unlike YouTube star Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg, who famously fell from grace in 2016 after calling another player the N-word (and said many other regrettable things), Blevins had no malicious intent and clearly fumbled over it in the moment, indicating that it was a sincere accident.
Ninja may not hear criticism of his decision, but similar gender-based views have received pushback in the political sphere — think of the outcry surrounding Vice President Mike Pence's supposed marital boundaries Still, the Twitch streamer is sticking to his absolute, which he believes is the only choice.
Conversely, while Epic Games' Fortnite held onto its spot as the No. 1 game among streaming audiences, it suffered an overall 20 percent drop in hours watched in Q3. This follows an overall trend for Fortnite in 2019, where both its audience and the number of streamers playing it have progressively declined from its height in Q2 2018.
All entries in this ranking are Dutch game streamers with no mention of how many people from the Netherlands follow foreign streamers, such as former Counter-Strike professional Ninja who is currently the world's most popular Twitch streamer due to his sessions of Fortnite with celebrities such as hip hop artist Drake.
Mixer has been praised for its interface and its management of toxic players, though, and Blevins said he expects to connect to fans with "more interactivity and variety than before" because of Mixer's technological abilities — for example, streamers can share their controller with fans, and the chat function has a greater array of features.
While YouTube massively outstrips Twitch in terms of viewers (2 billion monthly viewers to 140 million at last count), the smaller rival is clearly seen as enough of a threat that YouTube has offered content creators big money to stay exclusive as well as defect.
Popular players such as Tyler "Ninja" Blevins — whose ability to carry a video game to the top of Twitch charts all by himself earned him a reported million dollar paycheck — went back to Fortnite after the initial tournaments and streaming deals ended.
It's why big Fornite streamers like Timothy TimtheTatman” Betar and Benjamin DrLupo” Lupo — who have 4 million and 3.5 million followers, respectively — can switch over to a game like World of Warcraft: Classic and not totally lose the huge audiences who like to watch them in the first place.
Talk Hearthstone strategy with fellow gamers or content yourself with live streaming art demos in silence. There are tons of charity streams and millions of dollars are raised each year, by all streamers, toward charities. The developer also gave some of the influencers beta invites to give away to viewers, so it is probably not too surprising that it attracted so many people wanting to not only get a glimpse of the gameplay but also have a chance to get in on it.