Even though it is the busiest time of the year for sports with the NFL season just starting and being in the heart of the MLB season, ESPN has made an interesting choice. They have decided to have Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins to be the cover “athlete” of September’s second magazine. Blevins is a 26-year-old, extremely popular Twitch streamer that primarily the viral Battle Royal game, Fortnite. His career in video games started back in 2009 where he played in Halo tournaments but had little success until 2011. Six years later after consistent grinding over popular games, Ninja finally started growing a large audience when started streaming PUBG before switching to Fortnite. Blevin’s channel grew over 50,000 subscribers between February 22nd and March 3rd which was unheard of growth on the website.
The first time that Tyler hit the mainstream was when he played with the incredibly popular rappers, Drake and Travis Scott, and set the record for the most concurrent views on a stream at 600,000. However, he didn’t stop there and went on to break the record several times with the recording currently sitting at 668,000. With a rough number estimate, it can be assumed that he makes around $875,000 per month on Twitch subscribers alone.
— Ninja (@Ninja) September 18, 2018
The selection makes complete sense with Fortnite being the most popular video game in the world, and Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is the name most associated with it. He is the first professional gamer to ever be featured on the cover of the magazine, and even one of the first times that video games have even been a part of the cover. The most previous cover that had any relation to video games was when professional football player Marshawn Lynch was on the cover for his role in Call of Duty Black Ops 3.
While many believe he may not be the best person to fill the role of the first professional gamer on ESPN the Magazine cover, it cannot be denied that this is a large step for video games in the mainstream media as a whole.
You can now read the full feature article on Blevin’s over on ESPN’s official website.
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