With over 16 million followers, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is the biggest streamer on Twitch. He owes a major part of his success to Fortnite and is often regarded as one of the most skilled creators to ever play the game. Even though Ninja quit playing Epic Games’ Battle Royale in early 2020, his fans still watch him play other games like Call of Duty: Warzone and Valorant.
Ninja has always been vocal about his opinions, which often leads to him rage quitting games and ranting about opponents. Moreover, he’s been a part of several controversies in his streaming career.
Women creators accuse Ninja of creating a toxic audience
Some of Ninja’s fans recently mistreated Michele Morrow, who took to Twitter to express her anger. The American television presenter talked about how Tyler’s stance on not playing with women has worked against many women gamers.
Back in 2018, Ninja had refused to play with women gamers, saying that it was out of respect for his relationship with his wife. He claimed the internet leaves no opportunity to popularize clips with even a hint of flirting, and such incidents could severely affect his relationship. During that time, fellow women creators like Valkyrae had supported the streamer.
Ninja highlighted that his enormous fan base comprises a plethora of people who do not follow his morals. As a creator, he never promotes harassing anyone.
Ninja also defended himself by saying that the New York Times article had misguided Michele. Instead, it is self evident that he actively patronizes all gamers, including “females”.
Ninja referred to women gamers as “females”, which many people consider as derogatory. Hence, the tweet further aggravated the matter, leading to a lot of backlash against the streamer.
DramaAlert host Keemstar also posted a video where he primarily clarified that Ninja’s decision to not play with women is only because of his marriage. He then expressed his confusion regarding the outrage against term “females”.
As of now, the internet is flooded with contrasting opinions on the aforementioned situation. Many have severely criticized Ninja and demand that he should be held responsible for the actions of his community. Others seem to believe that the American streamer cannot manage the thoughts of millions of his followers single handedly.