One of Fortnite’s youngest rising stars, Soleil ‘Ewok’ Wheeler, has been enjoying the wild ride that Epic’s BR has been able to provide. As a 13-year-old streamer who is also deaf, we chatted with Ewok about her positive outlook on life and finally meeting Timthetatman at the Fortnite Summer Block Party.
Most 13-year-old children spend their days hanging with friends or participating in after-school activities, but not Ewok.
The majority of her days are spent in front of her computer where she spends countless hours practicing and streaming Fortnite.
According to Ewok, Timthetatman changed her life back in March 2019 when he hosted her on Twitch. Her viewer count went from a couple of hundred viewers to thousands.
Since then she has squadded up with Fortnite superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo and even participated in the Fortnite Pro-Am with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kurt Benkert.
Ewok was able to donate $20,000 to youth programs within the National Association of the Deaf thanks to her and Benkert’s winnings from the Pro-Am.
We were able to ask the 13-year-old a few questions about her experience with Fortnite, and rising to internet stardom within the past few months. Thanks to Ewok for taking the time to chat with us!
AZ: Hi! How are you? Thanks for taking the time to chat with me. Did you have fun at the Fortnite Summer Block Party?
Ewok: Hi. My pleasure. It was a lot of fun because you get to meet all of the people you looked up at for years. The atmosphere was amazing, you get to see so many people being hyped up about Fortnite. Everyone was going there to watch the greats go against each other.
AZ: Timthetatman hosted you back in March which you said: “changed your life”. What are some things that have changed within your life? Do you find people to be more friendly towards you?
Ewok: Before Tim hosted me, I averaged 5 viewers. He brought in 24,000 viewers when he hosted me, and ever since then, I’ve averaged maybe 400. He kinda made me an instant celebrity, like literally overnight. I owe him so much. I love that guy. If it wasn’t for him and the host, I honestly don’t know where I would be. So many things kept happening ever since then, it was like a chain reaction. Bless his heart. I also must say this, it took a village to make this possible, my family, friends, and fans. There have been many nice people in the Twitch community who also helped me get to where I am today. It wasn’t just Tim, but he definitely gave me a huge boost, he thrust me onto the bigger stage.
AZ: You also stream on Twitch to an impressive following of over 135,000. Back in March, you were at about 10,000 Twitch followers. Has it been difficult to keep up with your growing community?
Ewok: Thanks, and now it’s over 180,000. I have been so blessed with wonderful mods who helped keep the chat family-friendly where everybody can enjoy it and interact with each other. I don’t know what I would do without my mods, they are awesome.
AZ: Being a 13-year-old teenager has its own struggles, but you are also deaf. Last weekend the team at Epic and several personalities learned ASL (American Sign Language) in order to accommodate you during the Fortnite Block Party. Would you like to see more events offer options like these for those who have disabilities?
Ewok: Yeah, I gotta tell you. That was beyond impressive. They definitely made a lasting impression on my life by welcoming me in my language, ASL. It’s like they embraced who I am as a Deaf person. They made me feel like I am part of the family. Of course, I would love to see more people learning sign language and it does actually benefit everyone. Diversity is what makes the community great, and even better when it’s being celebrated.
AZ: Last but not least, who was your most difficult opponent during the Fortnite Pro-Am?
Ewok: I would have to say Nick Eh 30. He killed me twice. GGs.
AZ: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with me. Good luck!
Ewok: Thank you for the opportunity. If you ever want to do this again, I’d be happy to. The Pro-Am is definitely one of the best moments of my life and I will never forget it.
Ewok has not announced if she will be at the World Cup, but she did post an awesome video wishing all the competitors the best of luck.
With the Fortnite World Cup taking place next weekend from July 26 to July 28, tons of Fortnite stars are expected to attend and enjoy the festivities!