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A $150K League of Legends Showmatch Between Ninja and Mr. Beast Will Take Place in Las Vegas

Jul 5, 2022

One of the biggest League of Legends show matches in recent memory will take place in Las Vegas.

On July 9 at the HyperX Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Fortnite superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and YouTube phenomenon Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson will compete in a best-of-three League of Legends showmatch with a cool US$150,000 on the line. Together with the Crown Channel, Twitch.TV will offer access to the much awaited series. 

Ninja duly answered appropriately to MrBeast’s Twitter roast of him, which set the conversation in motion. Soon enough, promotional posters featuring the ultimate creator vs the ultimate gamer were disseminated by both celebrities. It will be entertaining to watch the series between Ninja and Mr. Beast, which the Crown Channel has dubbed the “ultimate gaming event.”

On a social media post via Twitter – MrBeast @MrBeast tweets:

Big announcement tomorrow.

@Ninja Ur trash kid

Ninja replies on social media post via Twitter – Ninja @Ninja

Iron league of legends player talking trash 

Both team leaders will be searching for their teammates because the series starts in just over two weeks. While we are unable to envision either of them hiring professional League of Legends players from the LCS or elsewhere, it wouldn’t be out of the question for them to hire other well-known figures in the scene. 

One example is Tyler “Tyler1” Steinkamp, a well-known League of Legends livestream who is one of the game’s most important content producers. Given his large fan following, bringing Tyler1 on board would also result in a larger viewership. Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi, a former Cloud9 AD carry who is now a streamer and content developer, might also show up considering his degree of LoL expertise.

Attend the @Mr Beast vs. @Ninja battle on July 9 to see whether we’re having the ultimate gaming event shortly, which may or may not happen.

On Ninja

Richard Tyler Blevins, also known as Ninja, is an American Twitch streamer, YouTuber, and professional gamer. He was born on June 5, 1991.

Blevins started streaming after joining many esports teams to compete in Halo 3 and rapidly gained popularity after beginning to play Fortnite Battle Royale in late 2017. When he played Fortnite with Drake, Travis Scott, and JuJu Smith-Schuster on stream in March 2018, breaking Twitch’s record for the highest peak viewership, Blevins’ climb in the eyes of the general public began. As of June 2022, Blevins’ Twitch channel had more than 18 million subscribers, making it the most popular.

In 2009, Blevins started competing professionally in Halo 3. Blevins started streaming in 2011. He has played for a number of teams, including Cloud9, Renegades, Team Liquid, and most recently, Luminosity Gaming. He started with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds before switching to H1Z1. He joined Luminosity Gaming in 2017 and first played Halo, H1Z1, and PUBG before winning the PUBG Gamescom Invitational Squads category in August of that year.

Shortly after the PUBG Gamescom Invitational, Blevins started streaming the recently released Fortnite Battle Royale. During the late 2017–early 2018 timeframe, his audience started to increase at the same time that the game’s popularity grew. By March 2018, he had over 2 million Twitch followers, up from just 500,000 in September 2017.

Blevins reached three million followers on Twitch for the first time in March 2018. Later that month, while playing Fortnite with Drake, Travis Scott, and JuJu Smith-Schuster, he broke the record for the most concurrent viewers on a single stream (outside of tournament events) with 635,000. The creators of Fortnite, Epic Games, were inspired by this stream to hold a charitable pro-am competition at E3 2018 in June of that same year, pairing prominent streamers like Tyler Blevins with well-known celebrities in Fortnite. Blevins and electronic musician Marshmello won the competition. During his event Ninja Vegas 2018, where he attracted an audience of about 667,000 live viewers, he broke his own viewership record in April 2018.

In June 2018, Blevins and Red Bull Esports teamed, and on July 21, 2018, they hosted a unique Fortnite competition called the Red Bull Rise Till Dawn in Chicago, where players could confront him. Red Bull launched a limited-edition Blevins-themed Red Bull can in April 2019.

It is believed that Fortnite Battle Royale’s success and Blevins’ growing Twitch following are mutually beneficial. While Epic Games stated they had made over US$3 billion in sales in the year, largely because of Fortnite, Blevins estimated he had made close to $10 million in December 2018. That same month, he became the first PC player to surpass 5,000 Fortnite victories. As the start of a “Icon Series” for other real-life figures connected to Fortnite, Epic released a Ninja-based cosmetic skin to the game in January 2020 to recognize Blevins’ significance to the game’s success.

According to Reuters, Electronic Arts paid Blevins US$1 million to promote Apex Legends, a battle royale game that competes with Fortnite. Blevins did this by playing the game on his Twitch show and promoting it on social media during Apex’s release in February 2019. 

Blevins quit Twitch on August 1 to focus solely on Microsoft’s Mixer platform. Jessica, his manager and wife, told The Verge that Ninja’s ability to expand his brand outside of video games was constrained by his contract with Twitch, and that given the status of the Twitch community, “it truly appeared like he was kind of losing himself and his love for broadcasting.”

As of April 2021, Blevins had over 24 million YouTube subscribers in addition to a sizable following on Twitch and Mixer. He attributes his growth to the free-to-play business model of Fortnite, which at the time brought in over $500,000 a month from streaming. 

Blevins was liberated from his exclusivity agreement due to Mixer’s closure in July 2020, allowing him to stream on other platforms. After agreeing to an exclusive multi year contract, Blevins announced on September 10, 2020 that he will resume streaming on Twitch and streamed on the site that same day.

On MrBeast

Jimmy Donaldson (born: May 7, 1998 [age 24]), mainly known by the name MrBeast (formerly known as MrBeast6000), is an American YouTuber residing in Greenville, North Carolina. 

He is currently known for doing a wide variety of expensive challenge videos that reward thousands of dollars, donation videos involving a lot of money, videos either with arduous tasks or survival, original vlogging videos and more. 

He started this channel in 2012 at the age of 13. He was initially known for uploading the “Worst Intros” series, a series of videos where he laughed at kids with worst intros, but this series was entirely deleted because they don’t reflect his genuine passion and personality later on. Over the years, as he gained more sponsor money, he became a lot more generous and helpful to others. 

Jimmy has recently grown to be one of the most subscribed non-corporate YouTube channels, with over 45 million followers as of middle October 2020, thanks to his unwavering passion and dedication to completing difficult yet inventive projects. His primary channel has the 23rd-highest global subscriber ranking and the 10th-highest subscriber ranking in the United States.

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