Ninja Claims He Could’ve Matched Kai Cenat’s Fame If He Hadn’t Switched to Mixer

Fortnite star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has found himself at the center of controversy after comments he made about fellow streamer Kai Cenat sparked debate online. Ninja suggested that he could have achieved the same level of fame as Cenat if he hadn’t made the move to Mixer in 2019.

Kai Cenat, currently one of the most-watched streamers on Twitch, has been drawing significant attention with his viral playthrough of “Elden Ring,” the 2023 Game of the Year. His streams have been so popular that he garnered 45,000 viewers simply by sleeping during breaks from battling one of the game’s toughest bosses, Malenia. Cenat’s impressive viewership did not go unnoticed by Ninja, who commented on it during a Fortnite broadcast on May 16.

Ninja praised Cenat’s efforts and acknowledged his status as one of the biggest streamers globally. “Kai is literally one of the biggest streamers in the world, if not the biggest streamer in the world. Kai is pulling 30K right now because he is sleeping, dawg. Every time he wakes up and he is actually playing Elden Ring, he is pulling anywhere from 90-100K. A little more, or a little less. Just puts in the work, bro,” Ninja said.

Ninja’s admiration, however, came with a remark that rubbed some viewers the wrong way. He suggested that he could have reached similar heights if he had stayed on Twitch instead of moving to Mixer: “He does what I could have done if I had just stayed home and streamed. And didn’t go to Mixer or anything like that. Putting in crazy work, crazy hours, crazy resources into coming up with these really authentic, dope, unique streams, man.”

This comment led to a flurry of reactions on social media. Some users speculated about Ninja’s statement, questioning whether his success would have been sustainable without the Fortnite boom. One user on Twitter/X remarked, “The Fortnite era got to Ninja’s head, if it wasn’t for that insane boom during [the global health issue] this wouldn’t even be a conversation.” Another added, “Bro thinks Fortnite was going to keep his career alive for five years.”

Others recalled Ninja’s previous comments when Cenat broke his subscriber record. Although Ninja had congratulated Cenat on his achievement, he had also noted that his own success came from being “amazing at Fortnite and play[ing] video games.”

In response to the backlash, Ninja issued a statement to clarify his remarks. “I wanna be clear, I don’t think I ever could or would have put as much thought into the streams Kai does and his marathons,” he wrote. “He’s truly doing it different.”

As of now, Kai Cenat has not publicly responded to Ninja’s comments, but the situation has certainly sparked a significant conversation among viewers and fans. Ninja’s move to Mixer in 2019, which reportedly earned him $30 million, was a significant gamble that ultimately ended when the platform shut down in 2020. Since then, Ninja has been streaming on multiple platforms, although his wife has admitted that he considered quitting entirely during the Mixer days due to dissatisfaction with his performance.

While Ninja remains one of the most-followed streamers on Twitch, the debate highlights the evolving nature of fame and success in the streaming world. Despite Ninja’s past achievements, not everyone is convinced that his Fortnite stardom alone would have led to the massive viewership numbers that Kai Cenat is currently enjoying.

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