Olivia R. June 5, 2020
To the surprise of absolutely no one in the Fortnite community, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and Turner "Tfue" Tenney are back to arguing.
Recently, Tfue has used Ninja's move to Mixer as ammunition in their ongoing feud. While Ninja has easily become Mixer's top streamer, his view counts haven't ever reached the numbers he pulled on Twitch, most likely due to Mixer's smaller userbase.
After getting word that Tfue was talking trash once again, Ninja decided to respond during a recent Mixer stream.
"I don't care. So many people, it's their number one roast. Both times Tfue tried insulting me, he's talking about 'how I need clout, my views are going down,'" Ninja said in response to a fan's inquiry on the beef.
Ninja went on to say that Tfue was "taking pictures" of his lowest streaming numbers every day. But Ninja noted that Tfue wasn't taking into account his successful Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. On YouTube, Ninja gets millions of views per video.
"I'm doing just fine, man. Just because my livestream numbers are down because I'm on a platform that contains less than 5% total hours livestreaming watched a year," Ninja ranted.
He noted that 10,000 concurrent viewers on Mixer is similar to 90,000 viewers on Twitch, since Mixer has a much smaller userbase to work with. Because of this, Ninja said it was "incredible" that he and fellow Mixer streamer Michael "shroud" Grzesiek were getting 10,000 views. Whether or not that math holds up, Ninja stated that he sometimes gets over 14,000 viewers. This is "outstanding" considering some of Mixer's setbacks as a streaming platform, he said.
Ninja stands up for Mixer amidst criticism from haters
shroud recently spoke out about people's concern that Mixer wasn't popular, stating that over time it would outgrow Twitch as a platform for new streamers. Ninja also shared similar sentiments on his most recent stream, a topic prompted by Tfue's insults.
Ninja's attention turned to esports journalist Rod "Slasher" Breslau, who has continuously joked about Mixer's low user count as well.
"I've said this before, like Slasher dude, he's trolling, but it doesn't matter. Every time there's a huge live event going on, he's like '2 million viewers watching on Twitch, 1 million on YouTube, seven and a half on Mixer,'" Ninja ranted.
Just like shroud, Ninja expressed satisfaction with his move to Mixer. Despite the lower number count, both have openly discussed their optimism for Mixer's future. Ninja even said that his move was "massive" for the streaming community.
"If we do this, it's going to set the precedent that a lot of platforms are going to have start paying to keep, and paying people to move, platforms," Ninja said.
Whether that's true or whether Ninja moved for the allegedly large Microsoft contract, there's no denying that Ninja has no regrets with his decision to switch streaming platforms. Even so, it seems that Tfue continues to get under his skin no matter how successful he gets.
Tfue and Ninja's beef grew heated when Ninja called out his fellow Fortnite streamer for having overly negative criticism for the battle royale. Ninja claimed that there were more "constructive" ways to discuss the game.