Ninja rage quits Keemstar’s Minecraft Monday as viewer figures beat Fortnite
Fortnite has been beaten by Minecraft on Twitch and YouTube as the new tournament draws in major audiences.
Minecraft Monday is a new attempt by YouTuber Keemstar to get streamers and influencers playing different games than they normally would, and this week he managed to involve the likes of MrBeast and Fortnite superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins.
Ninja was teamed up with MrBeast but only managed to get through four modes of the battle royale mode before suddenly quitting and leaving the game.
It’s unclear how familiar Ninja is with Minecraft but while most people watch the game simply to see others creating landscapes and structures, or seeing how long they can last in survival mode, Minecraft Monday involved a battle royale style mode – so Ninja should’ve felt relatively at home.
Ninja rose to fame playing Halo and shot to superstardom with Fortnite, both of which are straight action games with no puzzle-solving.
Depending on what mode (or mod) you play, Minecraft isn’t even necessarily competitive so it’s not surprising that Ninja didn’t get on with it, even though he later tweeted that he simply needed more practice.
The final straw came when the pair were unable to remove a block on top of a chest, while trying to scavenge for resources, after which they ended up getting stabbed to death by the other team.
‘I’m not watching this game,’ grumbled Ninja before quitting. ’I’m out, that’s it, that’s my last one, dude. I can’t. I can’t do it anymore.’
Despite, or perhaps because of, the drama the event was still very successful, with 400,000 viewers at its peak, beating many Fortnite and Grand Theft Auto V streams.
The idea was based on Friday Fortnite and was aimed at raising the profile of Minecraft as a competitive game.
The Minecraft Monday tournament started just as data emerged suggesting that Minecraft has overtaken Fortnite in terms of overall popularity.
Although that’s probably just a coincidence given that most of Minecraft’s success is due to people playing it in Creative and other more sedate modes.
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