Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is taking the Fortnite competitive scene into his own hands. Ninja announced on Twitter the start of his own series of events with $400,000 on the line. The tournaments start on May 28th and will run through July 2nd with $80,000 up for grabs every week. The tournament will be hosted every Thursday on Ninja’s mixer channel at Mixer.com/ninja.
The Fortnite esports circuit has received a lot of heat recently due to the domination of controller players on PC. It also has struggled in dealing with griefers who intentionally seek out other players to ruin their chances of winning. Ninja himself posted about how harmful griefing is to the integrity of competition and the livelihood of esports professionals.
To all the griefers out there in Fortnite tournaments griefing peeps. pic.twitter.com/PEOIjQLEbu
— Ninja (@Ninja) May 24, 2020
“Don’t ruin someone else’s tournament because you choked or sucked and now can’t qualify,” Ninja said in a twitter post. The full details of the tournament aren’t out yet but most likely there will be rules set to stop griefers. This might be hard to manage, but with $80,000 being fronted, there should be some refs keeping an eye on players.
Mixing it Up on Mixer
Since these tournaments will be held on Mixer, it might be possible that this is an attempt by the streaming platform to bring in more viewers. While it isn’t directly tied to the event, based off of the initial picture, it could be a sponsor of the event. It is highly unlikely that Ninja (or any streamer for that matter) would front the prize money by themselves. The consumption of streaming content during the quarantine has caused all streaming platforms to grow exponentially except for Mixer. Ninja has even commented on this himself that Mixer wasn’t doing enough to promote growth on the platform.
Could this be a big push to bring viewers to Mixer organically? It may be the move that Mixer needs to welcome not only viewers but more content creators as well. The platform does offer a higher bitrate than Twitch, but most viewers don’t want to give it the time of day. Only time will tell the effectiveness of this tournament series for Mixer. The tournament begins Thursday the 28th at 12PM PST. You can watch the stream here.