Popular Twitch streamer and Fortnite competitor Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has explained why he thinks the Epic Games “hate” him, as other prominent community figures enjoy events and exclusive skins in the game.
As for Fortnite content creators, no one is better known than Ninja. The former Halo pro accumulated over 17 million followers on Twitch thanks to his top-tier gameplay and fiery personality when he saw him remain the most-followed creator on the platform in 2022.
He was also the first Fortnite content creator to get his own skin in the game, an honor that has since been awarded to Loserfruit, Marshmello, Lachlan and others.
However, things seem to have gotten worse between the 30-year-old and the Epic Games since his Icon Series skin fell into play, with a Twitch broadcast in April in which Ninja lifted the lid on his relationship with the Fortnite developers.
Asked by a viewer when his skin will be available again in the game, Ninja said that Epic continues to push the release date back and that he feels they “hate” him now.
He explained that Epic has pushed his return back and that the pairing with lack of communication over tournaments has led to him feeling hated by the Fortnite developers.
“Yes, it should come back in the department store,” he said. “It was supposed to be the 11th [of April] so it should be soon. Maybe this month or next month. I’ll let you know when I know … I kind of feel like Epic hates me right now, really. I feel like I’m getting shafted. I did not have an offer, or at least I do not know if I was contacted to participate in any of these cups that many of these people run. ”
He continued: “I do not know if it is because they have already made Ninja Battles with me and they have already done something and they are just trying to expand and support other content creators. But yano, we announced for a month that the skin came out the eleventh and they just moved it … I want another variant, brother. I would love another Ninja variant with slightly different hair, different styles. “
Whether Epic has actually chosen to pursue relationships with other creators over Ninja is not clear, but he summed up that he is “more sad than angry”.
Given what Ninja had to say, though, it seems likely that we will soon see his Icon Series skin back in the game’s store at some point.