Earlier in 2010, Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins set the latest record as he held a Fortnite stream with Drake, Travis Scott, and JuJu Smith-Schuster. The stream drew 600,000 viewers, and concluded in Ninja being interviewed on mainstream news networks. But more than this, the stream collaboration may have changed perceptions about gaming to be a hobby, says Ninja.
In a recent interview, Ninja said, “Drake, that must be pushed gaming into the mainstream producing it cool.” Although Ninja notes they doesn’t see Drake playing Fortnite as often now as he did before (his rap career likely keeps him very busy), his participation during the stream has a ripple effect.
Some may accept Ninja, highlighting the achievements Fortnite (and Ninja) since that Drake stream. Drake’s affinity for the experience likely introduced the experience to the next audience, and helps to fill up Epic Games’ coffers much more. Meanwhile, Ninja has since broken the Twitch viewership record once again. Fortnite and Ninja were both pretty successful as it’s, devoid of the endorsement from Drake, Travis Scott, and JuJu Smith-Schuster, but the stream can have sped that success up slightly.
Others have got trouble with Ninja’s comments, though, arguing that gaming is “cool.” Naturally, there are lots of high-profile celebrity gamers including Henry Cavill