It’s no secret that Ninja is quite the popular streamer. Now, his fame and influence have even been recognized by TIME Magazine.

Ninja has been around the gaming scene for a long time. He began his career as a pro gamer competing in the Halo titles, getting his highest competitive placements in Halo Reach.

Later, as Battle Royale games picked up steam, he quit Halo to focus on streaming and demolishing opponents in H1Z1, PUBG, and then Fortnite.

As Fortnite’s popularity sky-rocketed, so did Ninja’s. He quickly became the biggest streamer on Twitch with a massive following of new and old fans.

Ninja receives spot on TIME Top 100 List

Ninja plays Fortnite nearly everyday on his stream

TIME Magazine is a long running publication that puts out the rather prestigious “Top 100 Most Influential People” list every year.

The list takes into account all factors including fanbase, actions taken by the person, infamy/fame, and their general reach within the world.

This year, Ninja received a spot on the list. Quite the rise from struggling Halo competitor to the TIME’s Top 100.

The TIME 100 list is split into five different categories: Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Icons, and Titans. Each category is attributed to a different type of influence held by the people on the list.

How Fortnite Helped Ninja Achieve This Goal

Ninja criticizes Fortnite when he feels it necessary

It’s no simple feat to get on the TIME 100 list. You have to do a lot of good (or a lot of bad) in order to receive a spot on the list.

Ninja’s influence and popularity, thankfully, has been positive and deserved. The player is passionate, cares deeply about his fanbase, and voices his opinions without pause on Fortnite and other games.

Ninja’s work with big companies and pop culture stars has helped legitimize gaming and eSports in the mainstream. News broadcasts no longer treat gaming as a kids hobby, but rather as a legit interest of millions of people.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, wide receiver for the Steelers and life-long gamer, had a few words to solidify Ninja’s place in the TIME 100 list.

“I’ve been a huge video-game fanatic my whole life. But people have seen it as childish and a waste of time. Ninja was huge in building up the credibility of e-sports. At the end of the day, Ninja is an absolute legend, and someone to whom we owe a lot for making gaming what it is today.”

Fortnite’s popularity helped catapult Ninja from a decently popular streamer to the world’s face of Twitch (though a certain Doctor may disagree about who holds that title).

Fortnite and its explosive rise gave Ninja the opportunity to create a community based around the game. With smart business decisions and a winning personality, Ninja managed to forge a path to greatness.

You’ve also got to give Epic Games a ton of credit for working with Ninja to help grow both their brands.

Ninja isn’t a streamer that simply smiles and accepts everything to do with Fortnite. He actively criticizes the game when logical, but Epic Games still continues to work alongside him.

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A life-long Call of Duty player, Bachelor of Game Design, and a lover of all things eSports. Born in Finland, living in the States. To me, video games aren't a part of life. Rather, life's just another part of video games.