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[NYT] Ninja Would Like to Get Some More Sleep

Hobbes

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Oct 27, 2017
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Ninja Would Like to Get Some More Sleep
Tyler Blevins, the multimillionaire face of Fortnite, is aiming for LeBron James-level of fame. He probably lost 300 subscribers while talking to us.




If you’ve never heard of Blevins, find a 12-year-old and ask them, because they surely know. In New York City to do a round of media appearances — Blevins is hosting a 12-hour Fortnite livestream in Times Square on New Year’s Eve — he stopped by the offices of The New York Times to answer some questions. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
More at the NYT Article Here
 
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Hobbes

Hobbes

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Some excerpts for you -

Do you take a vacation? Like a two-week vacation to the beach?
No, the longest vacation I’ve ever taken was my honeymoon, and that was like six days. And that was devastating. It was a calculated risk. My wife knew. God bless her, we’ve been together for almost six years now.

How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
Like five or six is usually what I get.

Do you want eight?
Of course I want eight, man. Are you kidding me? If I didn’t have to wake up to the alarm it would be the greatest thing in the world. I hate my alarm. I slam it and then just slowly roll out of bed, and I’m like, “I could probably use another two hours,” but, you know, got that schedule, dude. If I am five minutes late, I look at that chat and it’s like, “Is Ninja late? Is he streaming today? Why isn’t he on?”
 

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This thread is gonne turn into that bitch eating crackers offensive pic.
 

Ayirek

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Oct 27, 2017
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I'll say here what I said in the comments of that article: then get some sleep. You get paid to play videogames. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
 

DarthWalden

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Oct 27, 2017
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At one point do you stop giving a shit about your follower count?

I think this guy is clearly elevated himself to a point where he doesn't need to worry about losing X number of subscribers if he goes dark for a week.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Ya know for a while I was a cynical fuck who thought "fuck this rich kid making money off videogames".. as if we don't all wish we could do the same. But I've been watching his interviews and videos.. ya know what? Good for him. He made it and I could totally understand his process of even though he makes a ton of money, he has dedicated followers who he really tries to please. So with that being said, my 33 year old ass self says fuck the haters and keep it up "ninja". You seem to be doing what you love and have millions who love watching you
 

RuffMadman

The Fallen
Oct 27, 2017
642
Here comes the petty outrage on his hair like the other thread lmao

On topic, it sucks but that’s part of the success of being a streamer. Can’t let potential viewers be wasted
 
Oct 26, 2017
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- can't sleep
- can't take holidays
- can't hang out with female friends
- has to play fortnite

dude sounds miserable
 

Lothars

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Oct 25, 2017
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If it does you are partly to blame for the preemptive thread whining.
Exactly, Honestly if he needs more rest than Ideally he can get it. It's not fair for streamers not to have an ability to take a vacation without losing subscribers, it's not an easy problem to fix though, I'd imagine there will eventually be a better solution but you know it's bad when some of the most popular streamers can't take a break without losing subs.
 

Cyclone

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'll say here what I said in the comments of that article: then get some sleep. You get paid to play videogames. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
Pretty sure that's the issue. By making sure he gets every hour of play in he can while he's still big he's effectively NOT looking a gift horse in the mouth. He's maximizing his time at the top and thus maximizing profit.
 

7threst

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Oct 25, 2017
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Control-F: "Hair"

Ok, proud of ERA :)

OT: I don't know anyone who has a working life and doesn't want more sleep. But, the pressure you feel by your audience of really having to stream sounds fucking awful.
 

Brandon

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Oct 29, 2017
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I would think in six months or so he will probably not be doing as many appearances and can focus on just streaming.
 

CrazyAndy

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Oct 27, 2017
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Vacation and streaming don’t go well together. If he took two weeks off he would lose a lot of subscribers and money. But he should at least try to get some more sleep. That shit ain’t healthy.
 

GodofWine

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Oct 26, 2017
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Well, he isn't #1 on twitch anymore, Tim and Shroud just passed him by, or more accurately, Ninja is sliding down the rankings probably.

I mean..I don't care much, I don't think Ninja brings much to the table 'stream' wise, Tim's far more personable, and Shrouds just shroud and he is just his semi-boring self while fragging EVERYTHING, but he's likeable. I don't really see Ninja climbing back to the levels he was at...Fortnite isn't WHITE hot now, even kids (my kids / friends of my kids) are getting a bit tired of it.

So, the crown is gone, get some sleep.

Ninja will also never fade away, I don't mean to imply that, he'll be a top 20 streamer as long as he feels like it, and even past that, he'll have a cushy income from hardcore followers even if he falls back into the top 50 somewhere.
 

Parenegade

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Oct 25, 2017
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I get the title but damn is it clickbaity.

Well, he isn't #1 on twitch anymore, Tim and Shroud just passed him by, or more accurately, Ninja is sliding down the rankings probably.

I mean..I don't care much, I don't think Ninja brings much to the table 'stream' wise, Tim's far more personable, and Shrouds just shroud and he is just his semi-boring self while fragging EVERYTHING, but he's likeable.

So, the crown is gone, get some sleep.
By what metric? He has more avg concurrent viewers, more followers on every platform, etc.
 

Vibed

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Oct 27, 2017
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Regardless of whether it is self inflicted, it's part of the business model he's roped himself into. He's entitled to complain about the hard parts of his job, just as any rich person is allowed to have depression. Hope he can cut the hours a little bit for some sleep and relaxation.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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- can't sleep
- can't take holidays
- can't hang out with female friends
- has to play fortnite

dude sounds miserable
It's almost as though he's already accumulated enough wealth do these things if he really wanted but it's as if there's something more important... poor him.

This shows a really high level of ignorance around how streaming works.
I have far more sympathy for people who stream but aren't mega-rich yet somehow are still confident enough to stream with the opposite gender, or take time off, or play games that they want to play.
 

ZugZug123

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Oct 27, 2017
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Not in any defense of ninja but most people need at least 7 hours.
He answered a question dude.

He is self employed and currently has enough celebrity cache to determine his own schedule. As much as I do not like the Kardashians, they are everywhere all the time and probably do not get 8h of sleep either, I do not recall them complaining about sleep. He made a choice just like the K's, fame for money. There are trade offs to it and he should just thank his lucky stars his trade off was pretty good. A lot of people with way more important/critical jobs will never see a fraction of what he is making now, working from home, being his own boss.
 

Atolm

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Oct 25, 2017
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I don't pity him. In a few years he'll have enough money to never work again. Comes with the job.

Same thing happens to many Sportplayers, performers and such.
 

Yaboosh

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Oct 25, 2017
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He can take many vacations and still make tons of money. He just won't make the most money possible. I don't feel particularly bad for that situation.
 

Saint-14

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Nov 2, 2017
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Isn’t most of the money made from donations, ads, etc? What is losing a few hundred subs anyways? Get some sleep dude.
 

SABO.

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Nov 6, 2017
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Let's get this out of the way:

- Ninja commented that he didn't stream with women to protect his wife from the online gaming community
- Got a lot of backlash for being sexist
- Has seemingly changed his tune with a recent decision to stream with a female streamer/fortnite player

So would everyone else working full time. He's just bitching about being an adult.
Bitching? He was asked a question and gave an obvious answer. Who wouldn't want more sleep?
 

Hexa

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Oct 25, 2017
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He was asked if he wanted more sleep and like pretty much everyone on Earth he said yeah, I'd like more sleep. Era needs to lay off this guy.
 

Jawmuncher

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Oct 25, 2017
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Let's get this out of the way:

- Ninja commented that he didn't stream with women to protect his wife from the online gaming community
- Got a lot of backlash for being sexist
- Has seemingly changed his tune with a recent decision to stream with a female streamer/fortnite player



Bitching? He was asked a question and have an obvious answer. Who wouldn't want more sleep?
Has that stream happened yet? That'd be thread worthy.
 

nomis

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Oct 27, 2017
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people on era complaining about the color of ninjas hair are on equal footing with youtubers obsessed with laura dern’s pink hair in star wars the last jedi
 

stumblebee

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Jan 22, 2018
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Yep. Streaming is something that, while looking cool on the outside, seems like an absolute nightmare to make your full time occupation.