When Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins moved over to Mixer, the announcement shook the gaming industry.
Twitch has been the leader in video game streams for a long time and is the platform that the majority of English-speaking streamers use to broadcast.
And for eight years, that included Ninja. First with Halo and then famously with Fortnite, Ninja built up one of the largest channels on Twitch. He became one of the first streamers to really transcend the platform by appearing in mainstream media on Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen along with national ad campaigns.
That positioned him in a unique place to actually be able to move his audience over to a different platform. It hasn’t been confirmed how much money Ninja received from Microsoft to move over to their Mixer platform, but it’s safe to say it was a hefty sum.
Hopefully it makes up for the downturn in audience. Since moving over to Mixer, Ninja’s streams have lost an average of 11,300 viewers according to stats compiled by TwitchTracker.
Ninja’s Mixer audience down since leaving Twitch
His average on Twitch was 37,702, on Mixer it is 26,438. Those stats are a bit distorted as well, Ninja’s first stream on Mixer reached a peak of about 85,000 viewers while his most recent complete stream peaked at 18,000.
Ninja is only in his tenth full stream on Mixer so any fluctuations in that number can really affect his averages. While his viewers may be trending in the wrong direction, that’s to be expected given the size of Mixer.
Mixer’s viewership is 21 times smaller than Twitch’s, which means a loss in audience is just part of the deal. Right now, Ninja accounts for 33% of Mixer’s total audience while on Twitch in July he accounted for just 2.2% of the hours viewed on Twitch.
The streaming world is complex and Ninja made a calculated decision when he left Twitch to move to Mixer. In the end, this move will be great for the esports & streaming industries as having more competition always leads to better improvements in the companies themselves.
Bugha defends Fortnite controller players: “Nobody cares anymore”
Bugha defends the post-nerf controller input for Fortnite.
There’s been a holy war, of sorts, during the past few seasons of Fortnite. Keyboard and mouse (KBM) players constantly called out their controller counterparts for “legal aimbot,” especially when using a controller on PC.
Since then, Epic have taken several steps to remedy the situation. They nerfed aim assist on all platforms, then nerfed it twice on PC-only. The most recent nerf was a substantial one, and controller players felt it, immediately. The automatic tracking took a massive hit, which was what most KBM players complained about.
A lot of the noise has quieted since this recent nerf. KBM players seem satisfied and most of the controller players are still using their preferred input. There are still some benefits to using a controller, but they have been lowered, significantly.
During a recent stream, Bugha – one of the primary aim assist complainers – was asked about controllers by one of the members of his chat. “Bro, no one gives a f*** about controller, man,” Bugha exclaimed. “Stop bringing that up, it’s so annoying. Like, no one cares, man, I’m sorry.”
“I care,” Bugha’s teammate, Avery, told him. “They have f***ing aimbot.” The two then began to debate the topic, with Bugha standing up for the post-nerf controller input.
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Bugha continued to passionately defend controller players, saying that “they’re not good anymore.” When Avery brought up spraying with an SMG, Bugha told him, “That’s all that they can do.”
It’s clear that Bugha, one of the most popular pro Fortnite players, is trying to distance himself from those who still complain about controller players. He, at the very least, thinks that the most recent nerf was enough. With stances like this one, we may have finally seen the final nerf to aim assist on PC.
SypherPK on why Rapid-Fire SMG is the best gun in Fortnite Season 3
SypherPK is standing up for the Rapid-Fire SMG, explaining why he always chooses it over a P90.
Fortnite Season 3 shook-up the meta by adding the Charge Shotgun, removing the Pump, and revamping the SMG selection. Epic made a few tweaks to the Rapid-Fire SMG and re-added the Compact SMG, but fans have made it clear as to which one they prefer. Spray weapons are still very strong – arguably stronger with the removal of the Pump and nerf to the Tac.
Streamer Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has been a champion for the Rapid-Fire SMG since Season 3 began. He has been seeing people favor the P90 (compact SMG) over the Rapid-Fire version of the weapon, and he thinks that they’re dead wrong.
In Season 2, the Rapid-Fire SMG was an afterthought. The clip was too small and the DPS was too low to rely on. In Season 3, however, Epic added Epic and Legendary versions with slightly larger clips. The faster rate-of-fire of this gun also allows your shots to bleed through structures much more frequently. When you combine all of this with the near-instant reload speed, you get yourself an incredibly underrated weapon.
Sypher made a video on the Rapid-Fire SMG on June 20. He played a full game with the weapon and described all of the reasons that it’s better than the P90. He made some great points about the fire rate, reload speed, and damage, but players at the top level seem to still be preferring the P90.
We may be experiencing a community-wide bias when it comes to the P90 and Rapid-Fire SMG. The latter was far too weak last season and the former was always one of the strongest guns in the game. Sypher, however, is urging players to break their bias and Sidegrade the P90.
We’ll have to see if the community takes Sypher’s advice. He’s been walking the walk on-stream; always picking up a Rapid-Fire SMG when he can. Sypher may be in the 1% in terms of Fortnite skill, but he’s still a content creator. We might need a high-profile pro to stand up for the Rapid-Fire cause before the community gets behind it.
SerpentAU issues apology for using macros in his videos
SerpentAU apologizes for using macros to achieve his fast edits in his viral Fortnite videos.
Cheating at a high-level seems to be more prevalent in Fortnite than it is in any other competitive game. Pros seem to routinely get accused of “teaming” in tournaments, which is small-time cheating when you compare it to using outside programs to boost your performance.
The Australian Fortnite scene has been rocked by cheating allegations over the past month. It all started with Kquid, who was seemingly perma-banned mid-tournament in late May. He promised his fans an explanation but seemed to back out of the community without ever telling us his side of the story – which now makes him look guilty to many.
SerpentAU, another Australian Fortnite YouTuber, was the person who ‘exposed’ Kquid for using cheats after the latter received his ban. SerpentAU was widely considered the fastest editor in Fortnite, until the human centipede of ‘exposed’ videos came for him.
Fellow Australian creator, ParalellEJ, posted a video on June 5, accusing Serpent of using macros to achieve his edit speed. EJ also claimed that Serpent used an aimbot for some of his flicks and 360’s.
Serpent denied these claims but many in the Fortnite community took issue with his ‘proof’ on the macros front. Instead of using a keyboard camera and a gameplay camera – as he did with his aimbot defense – Serpent filmed his response using a phone that recorded his screen. After that, he went dark.
It soon became clear that Serpent was guilty. He confessed as much to his close friends and to his organization, Overtime Gaming. The YouTuber released an official apology for his actions on June 13.
“I am truly very sorry for the actions I took; I don’t condone cheating in any way and I am disappointed in myself for going down this route,” Serpent wrote.
“I saw an opportunity and decided to take it, without properly considering who it would affect along the way. This is entirely my fault and I will be taking a break for some time. My actions were blurred by the money, influence, and experiences I was having, ones that I never thought in a million years would become true.”
The apology reads as a genuine attempt at taking the first step toward rehabilitating his image. Serpent is taking a break, but it appears as though he’s not slinking away from the entire Fortnite community.
We’ll have to see what’s next for SerpentAU. Since his apology, he’s tweeted a couple of times about unrelated topics. His apology was the best first step you could have. Will his community forgive him? Only time will tell.
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