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Meet Tyler Ninja Blevins, the gamer who beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Virat Kohli to a social media popularity crown

Ninja is the a famous Fortnite streamer

Santanu Basu 13 May 2018, 3:58 PM
Ninja has even streamed Fortnite with Drake

Ninja has even streamed Fortnite with Drake Image: Twitter

Gaming, despite its exponential rise in popularity in recent years, still has a lot of ground to cover to match up with traditional sports such as football, cricket or basketball. But it's getting there slowly and steadily. Fortnite gamer and streamer Tyler Blevins aka Ninja recently proved the same after beating the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Virat Kohli when it came to social media interactions for the month of April.

Ninja registered more social media interactions (comments, shares. retweets etc) than any other world-famous athletes for the month of April, according to a list by Hootkit. Ninja headed the charts ahead of Real Madrid's Portuguese football star Ronaldo and India cricket team captain Virat Kohli. Tyler had over 150 million social interactions last month, while Ronaldo had 139.3 million interactions. Virat Kohli occupied the third place with 43.1 million interactions.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos came fourth with 41.3 million interactions and basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal came fifth with 34.3 million interactions. 

Two of the big names who missed the top 10 by a whisker are Paul Pogba, who finished on number 11 with 26.3 million interactions, while Lionel Messi came 12th with 25.6 million social interactions.

Tyler is a popular Twitch and YouTube streamer who makes half-a-million dollars playing Fortnite from his bedroom. Ninja has over 4 million followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram combined. He also has around 7 million followers on Twitch and around 10 million subscribers on YouTube.

Even rapper Drake played a few rounds of Fortnite with the 26-year-old streamer. Ninja's stream with Drake had over 6,35,000 concurrent viewers, which is a record for any non-tournament stream. League Major: Boston 2018 majors holds the record for highest concurrent viewers during a tournament with over 1.1 million concurrent viewers.

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