Richard Tyler Blevins or as he is popularly known as, Ninja, recently went live on YouTube playing Fortnite for the very first time and the gaming community is going crazy over it. After Microsoft announced its decision to shut its streaming platform- Mixer, Ninja went live on YouTube and played a few games live on YouTube and promised fans to continue with many more of such live streams “sooner rather than later.”
Undoubtedly, Ninja is one of the biggest names in the world of eSports and one of the world’s most famous online personalities. And so, as you may expect wherever Ninja goes his loyal fans follow. And so when Ninja switched to Microsoft’s Mixer we saw such a transition. And now since he has decided to make YouTube the new home to his streams, a similar effect would be inevitable.
On Wednesday, July 8th, Ninja did his first livestream on his own YouTube channel. Before that Ninja used to post only highlight videos from his gameplays. Not to mention that there are over a thousand of such highlight videos.
Ninja has a total of nearly 24 million subscribers on YouTube. And when he streamed his first ever Fortnite session, at its peak, more than 160,000 people tuned in. The stream lasted 97-minute and accumulated over 3.7 million total views. Now it’ll be needless to say that if Ninja actually decides to make YouTube his new streaming platform, the gaming push which YouTube experiences, will be massive.
On the hindsight of things, loyalists of Twitch want Ninja to return to the Amazon owned platform. Before signing a deal with Microsoft’s Mixer, Ninja used Twitch to stream his gameplays online and became massively popular on that platform. At the prime of his time at Twitch, Ninja was earning approximately $500,000 per month. He had 160k paid subscribers on Twitch and 12+ million subscribers in total.
And with such an ability to draw crowds, it is but natural that any platform wants to sign a deal with Ninja. In fact Talia Yates who is a spokeswoman for YouTube recently said ,“We welcome any content from him,” although not mentioning any details regarding a deal.
Keeping numbers and finances aside, whether Ninja selects YouTube, Twitch or any other platform, there is one thing his fans such as ourselves can rest assured. It is that no matter what, we are going to enjoy quality content from Ninja in the years to come and that one of the most skilled gamers isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.