Who is Tyler Blevins?
Richard Tyler Blevins was born on 5 June 1991, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is an internet personality, Twitch streamer, and philanthropist, best known for his achievements under the online alias Ninja, one of the most followed streamers with over 13 million followers. His stream averages over 30,000 viewers per week.
The Net Worth of Tyler Blevins
How rich is Tyler Blevins? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is at $10 million, earned through success on the streaming website Twitch. His online popularity has helped him gain a lot of other opportunities, and as he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Video Game Beginnings
Tyler is of Welsh descent; though born in the Detroit area, his family moved to Chicago a year later, where growing up he became highly interested in both sports and video games. He attended Grayslake Central High School and during his time there played soccer with the school’s team, and became an avid video game player.
After matriculating from high school, he decided that he would pursue a career focused on playing video games professionally. He started entering tournaments, playing with professional organizations and also live streaming in games. In 2009, he began playing the video game “Halo 3” professionally, with teams including Team Liquid, Renegades, and Cloud 9, then playing with Luminosity Gaming before deciding to become a streamer in 2011. He began playing the video battle royale game “H1Z1”, then moved to the game “PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds” (PUBG) and continued to play professionally.
Rise to Fame
Shortly after beginning PUBG, Blevins decided to switch to playing the video game “Fortnite” regularly. The game developed by Epic Games is based on the engine of a similar game “Fortnite: Save the World”, which became a free-to-play battle royale game which has been highly successful, drawing in over 125 million players in less than a year. His streaming viewership began to grow significantly during this period, coinciding with the game’s popularity. In 2017, he had around 500,000 followers and six months later, that number had grown by 250 percent.
In 2018, he set the Twitch record for a single individual stream, when he hosted a game featuring Drak, Travis Scott, and Juju Smith-Schuster, then broke his own viewing record while streaming his “Ninja Vegas 2018” event. His YouTube channel has also grown to 21 million subscribers, and he started partnering with Red Bull Esports. He became the first professional video game player to be featured on the cover of “ESPN The Magazine”, making him the forerunner of the breakthrough of esports into the mainstream. In 2018, he signed a deal with the record label Astralwerks, and made a compilation album called “Ninjawerks: Vol. 1” which featured songs by Alesso, Tycho, Nero, and many others.
Charitable Acts and Controversies
Thanks to his popularity and the income he gains through streaming, Tyler has been involved in numerous charitable endeavors. He organized a fundraising charity stream in 2018, and raised $110,000 which was donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A few months later, he gave $2,500 to the Alzheimer’s Association after he hosted a “Fortnite” event. He also participated in the $Clips4Kids event, in which he helped raise over $340,000 with other famous streamers. He also won the Fortnite Pro-Am event alongside DJ Marshmello, and they donated $1 million to a charity of their choice.
He has had his share of controversies too, beginning in 2016 when he released the address of a donator due to his racist screen name; however, the act is illegal on Twitch, and he received a 48-hour suspension which was noticeably shorter, which many credited it to his popularity on the platform. He also improvised the word nigga during one of his streams while his community was watching, and he later apologized for the offense and mentioned that he did not intend to say the word. He also falsely reported a “Fortnite” player IcyFive for stream sniping, an act in which a player watches a stream to gain an edge over his competitor. He later apologized to the player through Twitter, but also accused him of playing the victim. The issue caused a lot of backlash on social media.
For his personal life, it is known that Blevins is married to Jessica Goch, though he hasn’t revealed a lot of information about his wife, wanting to keep that aspect of his life away from the public. His family was featured in an episode of the show “Family Feud”, and many state that it was his popularity that led his team to make it into the show.
He mentioned that he declines to stream with female gamers out of respect for his wife, as such streaming would create unnecessary rumors. His statement has received mix reactions with some stating that he was making it even more difficult for female streamers to rise to prominence, while others supported him, stating he could do what he wants to protect his marriage. He later spoke out, saying he supports gender equality and even named some female streamers he follows, but he also supported his stance of his commitment to his marriage. He also mentioned that it was okay for female fans or gamers to play with him at events or in a group. He just doesn’t want any unnecessary drama pouring into his personal life.