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How Fortnite helped Ninja get on the TIME 100 ‘most influential people’ list

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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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Fortnite update suggests a major tournament is coming in Season 6

Alterations to the Fortnite Season 6 game files suggests that Epic is planning a major tournament next season – possibly a LAN event.

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An update to the Fortnite Season 6 files suggests that a big tournament will be coming in the next Fortnite season.

Fortnite was perfectly positioned to deal with the lack of major esports events with the onset of COVID in 2020. Most Fortnite tournaments were already being held online, so the required changes only forced Epic Games to slightly pivot from their already existing competitive Fortnite plans.

The Fortnite Champion Series has been the primary competitive Fortnite tournament series over the past year, with some smaller events popping up here and there.

According to VastBlast, a Fortnite data miner, we might see that change very soon. Apparently, the ‘LiveBroadcasting’ server in the v16.00 update – AKA the Season 6 update – has been altered. “The last time it was updated was in January [2020] … for the DreamHack Anaheim event,” VastBlast wrote on Twitter.

DreamHack Anaheim was the last major Fortnite LAN event before everything was shut down for COVID-19. These changes could signal that LAN tournaments may return to the game in the next Fortnite Season.

We have no idea what this tournament will be since Epic have already confirmed that they won’t be hosting a World Cup in 2021. Our best guess would be another DreamHack Anaheim tournament – potentially held in-person for the first time since the pandemic started.

If this is a LAN tournament, Epic wouldn’t be the first developer to announce an in-person event in 2021. Riot Games have already announced that they’re hosting a Valorant LAN event later this year. Could Fortnite be following the same path?

We’ll need to hear more about this before we know for sure. All we know right now is that Epic are almost certainly planning a major Fortnite tournament in 2021, outside of the seasonal FNCS.

Image Credit: Epic Games, DreamHack

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Clix & Tarik Cohen win second straight Fortnite Streamer Bowl

The favorites going into the event, Clix, and Tarik Cohen bring home their second Fortnite Streamer Bowl wins. View the full results here.

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Fortnite Streamer Bowl 2 winners

Clix, XacialT, and Tarik Cohen of the Chicago Bears won the Twitch Rivals Fortnite Streamer Bowl 2, giving Clix and Cohen their second straight win.

It should come as no surprise that one of the best players in the game, Clix, and his Duo partner from last year, Tarik Choen, only got better when they added a cracked community champion to their team.

The Trio of Tarik Cohen, Clix, and XacialT won the Fortnite Streamer Bowl 2, giving the former two players their second-straight victory in the event.

Clix is one player who knows how to dominate in the current Fortnite meta. With so few mobility options, he and his team constantly secured high-ground and controlled the lobby. When they didn’t they looked to pick off less experienced players on the low-ground.

The rest of the standings didn’t play out as predictably as the winners of the event, with some underdogs rising to the occasion.

Streamer Bowl 2 results

The Streamer Bowl 2 was tightly contested, with some of the OGs of competitive Fortnite proving that they still have it. Scoped and The Long Shots tied with Washed Boomers, led by Scoped’s old Duo teammate and Fortnite legend, Tfue.

After Tfue was Nate Hill’s team, The Hills, followed by Sommerset’s Winterset and EmadGG’s GGs Only. As Tfue pointed out throughout the tournament, many of these young Fortnite pros were getting beat by a Minecraft speed-runner.

The results outside of the top five are as follows:

6. GGs Only: EmadGG, Lynn Bowden, Savixc
7. Chuggas Champs: Chap, James Daniels, prevalesfnbr
8. The Rumblers: StableRonaldo_, Avonte Maddox, Goriadfn
9. Beast Mode: Bugha, Kurt Benkert, dnspectfn
10. Living Legends: Prospering, Saquon Barkley, akaseek
11. Sparkles: sparkes_qt, Graham Glascow, norcalnugz
12. Team Losers: Loserfruit, Amani Oruwariye, crazyggs
13. Cactus Club: Zemie, Calvin Ridley, Nevify
14. Benchwarmers: Aircool, Keenan Allen, grimgnx
15. The Huckleberries: ops1x, Kenyan Drake, 32wanted
16. Loud Ones: Alixxa, Austin Ekeler, jaceimdone
17. Skull Rangers: Tocata, Malcolm Elmore, Zipknow
18. Steamy Stackers: NICKMERCS, Logan Wilson, aliens_fn
19. Three Amigos: Ewok, Kyle Van Noy, mojo1x
20. Time In: – Ninja, Corin Kaufusi, BeastAFK
21. Pew Pew Pews: LosPollosTV, Chase Claypool, CBearFN
22. Avocado Toast: Maddynf, Jonathan Abram, Nukey1x
23. Quack Attack: DuckyTheGamer, Dalton Schultz, Senexfn
24. Skull Troopers: SypherPK, Kyler Murray, Committedg
25. The Controllers: Aydan, Jarvis Landry, Toomzy
26. Eh Team: NickEh30, Trey Quinn, Dawnswrld
27. Block Party: Fresh, Justin Jefferson, Ritix
28. Absolute zeroes: elded, Eddie Vanderdoes, adanfnn
29. Team 2K: Reverse2K, Baker Mayfield, UlitimateGG_
30. Aniquiladores: JuanSGuarnizo, Rick Lovato, Code_cloutzzy

This was another entertaining event for Fortnite fans, and it didn’t go the way a lot of viewers predicted. Sure, Clix was the favorite going into the event after winning last year, but the top five probably didn’t look how you thought it would when the event ended.

We’re excited to see the Streamer Bowl 3 next year and more events like it. Invitational Fortnite tournaments are always inherently entertaining, as viewers get to see household names battle it out. Hopefully, we can get some more of these while we wait.

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How to watch the Fortnite Streamer Bowl 2 ft. Clix, Tfue, Ninja & more

The Twitch Rivals Fortnite Streamer Bowl 2 is kicking off tonight. Here’s everything you need to know to get ready for the event.

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The Twitch Rivals Fortnite Streamer Bowl is almost here. Take a look at everything you need to know about how to watch the Streamer Bowl 2.

On February 4, the second annual Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl will kick off, pitting some of the best players in the world against NFL pros for $1 million in charity money.

Last year’s event was one of the most entertaining competitive Fortnite events we’ve ever seen, and this year promises to be more of the same.

Ahead, we’ll cover the format, teams, and how to watch the event.

Streamer 2 Bowl teams

The Streamer Bowl 2 will be a trios tournament, with each team comprised of one streamer/pro player, one NFL player, and one community champion who won their spot on the roster.

There are 30 total teams, which means only 90 players will be in the match rather than the traditional 100. Here’s a look at all of the teams battling for the $1 million in charity prizes.

  • The Shotties: Clix, Tarik Cohen, Xacial
  • Beast Mode: Bugha, Kurt Benkert, dnspectfn
  • The Rumblers: StableRonaldo_, Avonte Maddox, Goriadfn
  • The Long Shots: Scoped, Ju Ju Smith-Schuster, bounde_maxo
  • Skull Rangers: Tocata, Malcolm Elmore, Zipknow
  • Winterset: Sommerset, Jake Burt, axytal
  • Skull Troopers: SypherPK, Kyler Murray, Committedg
  • Team 2K: Reverse2K, Baker Mayfield, UlitimateGG_
  • The Hills: Nate Hill, Christian McCaffery, JonJon69
  • Benchwarmers: Aircool, Keenan Allen, grimgnx
  • Living Legends: Prospering, Saquon Barkley, akaseek
  • Block Party: Fresh, Justin Jefferson, Ritix
  • The Controllers: Aydan, Jarvis Landry, Toomzy
  • GGs Only: EmadGG, Lynn Bowden, Savixc
  • Pew Pew Pews: LosPollosTV, Chase Claypool, CBearFN
  • Eh Team: NickEh30, Trey Quinn, Dawnswrld
  • Loud Ones: Alixxa, Austin Ekeler, jaceimdone
  • Three Amigos: Ewok, Kyle Van Noy, mojo1x
  • Washed Boomers: Tfue, Aaron Jones, griffinmat
  • Time In: – Ninja, Corin Kaufusi, BeastAFK
  • The Huckleberries: ops1x, Kenyan Drake, 32wanted
  • Absolute zeroes: elded, Eddie Vanderdoes, adanfnn
  • Quack Attack: DuckyTheGamer, Dalton Schultz, Senexfn
  • Chuggas Champs: Chap, James Daniels, prevalesfnbr
  • Aniquiladores: JuanSGuarnizo, Rick Lovato, Code_cloutzzy
  • Cactus Club: Zemie, Calvin Ridley, Nevify
  • Team Losers: Loserfruit, Amani Oruwariye, crazyggs
  • Avocado Toast: Maddynf, Jonathan Abram, Nukey1x
  • Sparkles: sparkes_qt, Graham Glascow, norcalnugz
  • Steamy Stackers: NICKMERCS, Logan Wilson, aliens_fn
Clix wins Fortnite Sreamer bowl 1

How to watch the Fortnite Streamer Bowl 2

This is a Twitch Rivals event, so you’ll only be able to watch it on Twitch. The broadcast begins at 3 PM PST on February 4.

You can watch the perspective of any of the competitors, or watch the official broadcast on the Twitch Rivals channel, embedded below.

The first Fortnite Streamer Bowl was one of the most entertaining competitive Fortnite events of all-time. We had the biggest names in the game fighting it out – whether they were top-tier pros or content creators known for taking fall damage.

It will be the same thing this year, only in the trios format. We can’t wait to see the stacked end games and memorable moments the event generates.

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