Stream sniping is always going to be a problem in gaming, but these stream snipers attacking Ninja were organized.
Ninja vs. stream snipers: a storyline as old as Fortnite itself. All streamers complain about getting stream sniped. For some reason, it seems like Ninja gets the most flack for calling them out on-stream.
Ninja has, at one time, been the largest Fortnite streamer on the planet. His move to Mixer cut into his typical viewer count and likely his stream snipers as well, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t coming for him. Ninja remains the most recognizable name in gaming, after all.
During a recent stream with Reverse2k, the duo was stream sniped by another team – which isn’t anything unusual. They killed the snipers, which led to one of Reverse’s subscribers alerted him to a Stream Sniping Discord that places bounties on top streamers.
“The Discord owners put bounties on your head to kill you. It’s so stupid,” Reverse explained. “And you pay-in to get the Discord, so you pay $10 to get into the Discord and you might have a $100 bounty on Ninja. So then, they go stream snipe you and if they kill you they get $100.”
The existence of a stream sniping Discord is all according to one of Reverse2k’s subscribers, so we can only say that it’s alleged. It would make sense for something like this to exist, though.
Stream sniping will always be a part of live streaming, so it makes sense that players would try to profit off of the practice.
Most video games – especially battle royale games – have rules against stream sniping, which means that the developers can ban your account. It can be difficult to catch a stream sniper, though, unless there are egregious or repeated offenses.
Twitch also has rules against stream sniping, although this won’t matter for players who aren’t streaming. It would seem that Mixer, where Ninja now streams, does not have explicit rules against stream sniping.