Ninja expresses frustration with YouTube, hopes for new platform

Olivia Richman • January 3, 2020 8:30 pm

It’s not only Twitch that Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins wants to see overthrown by a new platform. 

In a recent stream, the Mixer streamer expressed that he wanted a new video platform to take on and potentially wipe out YouTube. While playing Fortnite with Tim “TimeTheTatman” Betar, Dennis “Cloakzy” Lepore, and Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, Ninja explained his perspective while remaining sensitive to CouRage, who recently announced he was streaming exclusively on the platform at hand. 

“Jack, I love you and if you want me to shut up I will,” Ninja began. “If there was ever a time for another video platform to make a move, kind of like how Discord completely dominated the Weibo community out of nowhere, now is the time for someone to go up against YouTube.” 

One of his temamates pointed out that this will never happen. 

“I agree,” Ninja shot back with a laugh, “but if there was a time I’d say now. There’s so many people complaining, complaining, complaining how there’s nowhere else to go.” 

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Ninja’s rant was interrupted when an opponent shot him while he was supposedly blocking. When the reindeer-suit-clad player began to do the “L” dance in front of him, Ninja banged on his desk and screamed for his teammates to avenge him. Then it was back to discussing YouTube. 

“I’ve heard rumors, dude, that ads on gaming might be completely removed,” Ninja said, which was met with complete silence on his teammates’ end. 

YouTube, much like Twitch, has faced a lot of backlash recently. Famous YouTuber Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg recently announced a break from YouTube after discussing his problems with the platform’s mishandling of a new harassment policy. Earlier in the year, Mark “Markiplier” Fischbac called out YouTube for wrongly banning hundreds of his fans from their Google accounts and then being slow to correct their mistake. 


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