Tyler Blevins – Ninja
Tyler Blevins (Ninja) is a well-known Youtube gamer and Twitch star. With more than 20 million subscribers on YouTube, 12 million followers on Twitch, 12 million on Instagram and 4 million on Twitter he is by far one of the biggest names in the social gaming media today. An internet sensation, Tyler has truly turned his gaming passion into a highly-paid career. He invests a lot of hard work, determination, grit, and talent in order to succeed. His impressive income may seem shocking considering it is earned just by playing video games, but a lot has been put in by him to become the most popular streamer on Amazon-owned gaming platform Twitch. Having said that, it is surprising to know that Tyler does not encourage professional gaming as a viable career pathway for every child!
Ninja’s story from a ‘leisure’ player of videos games to a professional gamer is one of high interest, respect and admiration. Not many can claim to turn their hobby into a high paying profession. Tyler first played competitively in 2009 by enrolling a Halo 3 event in Orlando. Almost instantly he understood that the road to victory wouldn’t be an easy one. He had to play better than hundreds and thousands of gamers around the world to earn money from tournaments. Though the duty was an uphill one, his love for challenges and passion to be the best in whatever he did made him arise upwards. By then, he had played for multiple key e-sports teams including Cloud9, Renegades and Team Liquid. In 2011, Tyler became a streamer for Justin.tv but very quickly moved to Twitch.tv. By 2012, his team won the Halo 4 2012 MGL Fall Championships, with Blevins achieving the highest score in the final game.
In 2017, Ninja joined Luminosity Gaming as a Halo player. Later, he moved to Battlegrounds, where he won the PUBG Gamescom Invitational in the 3rd Person Squads division. By the time, he began streaming Fortnite constantly; his viewership grew astronomically, corresponding directly with the game’s popularity. When in September 2017, he had around 500,000 followers, by March 2018, the number expanded by 250 percent. The Twitch.tv record for a single individual stream was set by him while playing Fortnite after he hosted a game with Drake, Travis Scott, and Juju Smith-Schuster. In the following month, he broke his own viewing record during his event Ninja Vegas 2018 by gathering an audience of 667,000 live viewers.
Richard Tyler Blevins was born on June 5, 1991, in Greyscale, Illinois, USA, to Chuck Blevins and he has two elder brothers, John, and Chris Blevins. It was his father, Chuck Blevins who introduced his suns to video games. As a great lover of the e-sport, he would buy the latest games released. However, young Tyler describes that while he and his brothers would go off to sleep by 8 at night, his father would play the game until the small hours of the morning. The family owned all the modern gaming consoles including Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation games. When Halo, a multi-player, futuristic war game was launched on Xbox, young Tyler asked his siblings to play the game. Cautioning him as ‘too young for the game’, his brothers disallowed him. After much pestering, when Tyler got his hands on the remote, he practically ‘destroyed’ them. It was then that his talent for gaming became obvious.
Blevins made a deal with his father according to which only if he did great at school and maintained his job at the Noodles & Company would he be permitted to play as many hours as he wanted. Realizing there was no way out, he worked hard and was fairly rewarded. Blevins would stay beyond the wee hours of the morning and just keep becoming better at it. What worked for him was his imperative nature to be the best at his job. His longing for emerging out as the No. 1 made him reach the top spot. Recognizing his potential for the game, he soon spoke with his family who was more than supportive to encourage him turn his passion into his profession.
GAMING CAREER IN JEOPARDY
Just when Tyler Blevins seemed to be at the zenith of his career, a major downfall turned out. He started to get a strong headache. The doctors said that they have to do an eye surgery and there might be a chance for him to lose his eyesight. This was the worst time in his career because if he can’t see he won’t be able to play and stream. Tyler did the eye surgery that fixed his retinal defects and he did well.
To the great joy of his fans, he tweeted: “Eye update. I have a retinal detachment in my right eye. I could have gone blind in it at any moment since it happened.”
The problem was that he had to wait for a couple of months so he can start playing and streaming again. He went from having 4500 viewers on twitch.tv to a meager 400 viewers. But his inherent ambition to excel helped him make a strong comeback. Blevins ignored all his critics by nailing it yet again. He has been playing great tournaments ever since and has become the major ‘hero of e-sports’.
And yes he has a love life. Blevins married colleague gamer, Jessica Goch, in 2017. The two of them have a long lasting relationship. Since his early years in gaming.
CUSTOM MADE STREAM ROOM
While most of Ninja’s streams consist of him playing at his desk, the new Red Bull stream room includes the full basement room. The stream room was a custom acoustic approach and has been fully equipped with controllable, color changing LED lighting. On the wall, there are eight different monitors for Ninja to playback video from his dedicated video server or just host graphics of his avatar. Another part of the room has a dedicated analyst desk in place. This place is reserved for Ninja’s hosts’ friends or for when he steps away from the action for a bit. Four separate Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4K 60 fps broadcast cameras in the room are able to stream the action from each angle while a mixture of Electrovoice and Shure broadcast microphones capture audio.
Recently Ninja said goodbye to Twitch with almost 15 Million followers and has moved over to Mixer. The link above is updated though it is still showing the twitch icon at this time. Ninja in his first week has already gained 1.5 million followers on Mixer and is averaging between 22k-50k viewers per stream. Though most people think Mixer is new the Microsoft owned streaming platform mainly used for Xbox is over 2 years old and has some nice features like 0 stream delay. Will Ninja be able to continue with these numbers on Mixer, well we will just have to wait and see.
One of the highlights of the mouse is the ability to customize all of your settings to do different things. Ninja has made keyboard keys available on his mouse. He has the Scroll Right (L) and Scroll Left (U) bound to both L and U while he has his Forward button bound to the O key. These matches to his build keys in-game. He uses U for floors/ceilings, O for ramp, L for roof, and mouse 4 or back for walls. The mouse also comes with many weights you can add to it if you like a heavier mouse for some reason.
Ninja’s keyboard is the keyboard that made him famous in the e-gaming world. A high-end keyboard of the Corsair brand, the K70 is a mechanical-type keyboard and has the anti-ghosting technology. This is the keyboard that we usually find at professionals. Corsair K70 also has the pleasure of having a comfortable rubber wrist rest that enables you to spend long hours playing without hurting on the wrists. In terms of material quality, the chassis is Matt Aluminium, which is ideal for durability and long-term resistance. The keys are fast reactive and don’t fade easily.
Ninja is using the Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO Studio Headphones. These will work great for you if you have the money to invest in high-end equipment.
Ninja is rocking the Alienware Aw258 monitor. It is a nearly new monitor, and Ninja was sponsored to use it originally and he is still using it after the initial sponsorship stream. When you are looking for in a gaming monitor you should keep in mind that it has to have least 144hz (this only useful if your computer can produce 144+ fps).
*Please note the HyperX Fury mouse pad we have listed is the one he uses but he likes the eXtra Large one.
|Sprint||Run by Default Option|
|Weapon Slot 1||2|
|Weapon Slot 2||3|
|Weapon Slot 3||4|
|Weapon Slot 4||Z|
|Weapon Slot 5||X|
|Building Slot 1 (Wall)||Thumb Mouse Button 4|
|Building Slot 2 (Floor)||Q and Mouse Scroll Side Click Left|
|Building Slot 3 (Stairs)||Thumb Mouse Button 5|
|Building Slot 4 (Roof)||Left Shift and Mouse Scroll Side Click Right|