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Feuds Ninja wants you to forget

Anyone remotely familiar with the world of streaming or Fortnite has probably heard of Ninja. Before making an exclusive deal with Mixer, Ninja racked up millions of followers and secured the top spot on Twitch, accumulating nearly twice as many followers as the next biggest channel. Even after his move from the platform, Ninja's spot as the most-subscribed Twitch streamer is secure and will likely remain that way for the foreseeable future. 

To borrow from an old saying, you can't make an omelet without cracking a few eggs. Likewise, you don't climb your way to being the most popular streamer in the world without getting into a few spats along the way. While Ninja generally prides himself on being a positive force in the Fortnite community, he has still butted heads with other notable gamers, streamers, and even a celebrity or two. Here's a breakdown of the feuds Ninja likely wants you to forget about.

Refusing to stream with women

Not all feuds are created by people looking for trouble; in fact, this feud formed when Ninja tried to distance himself from controversy. 

Reportedly in an effort to respect his wife, Ninja expressed he would not stream with women. Ninja explained his reasoning to Polygon, saying, "If I have one conversation with one female streamer where we're playing with one another, and even if there's a hint of flirting, that is going to be taken and going to be put on every single video and be clickbait forever." 

Ninja's statement resulted in a fair amount of push back, notably from women who felt his stance was problematic. Austen Marie, an illustrator and streamer, criticized Ninja on Twitter, stating, "No one is saying Ninja has to stream with women. We're saying that his saying he won't is problematic and doesn't help in any way for women making their way in the industry that constantly calls anyone with t*ts a thot."

Twitch streamer Samantha Nye claimed to understand Ninja's reasoning, though ultimately disagreed with the decision. According to Nye, "Twitch is already a rough place for women, with us often being expected to 'prove ourselves as real gamers' ... not wanting to collaborate with me as a creator because of my gender feels demeaning."

Ninja responded to the backlash, reaffirming his intent was to minimize online speculation and harassment. Though Ninja has gone on to stream with women, the whole debacle has left a bad taste for many viewers. 

Getting into it with a potential stream sniper

Steam sniping is a legitimate problem in online gaming, especially for streamers who draw in a large number of viewers. Many of these stream snipers simply want their fifteen minutes of fame by appearing on a popular channel or even by knocking out famous players. The prevalence of this practice has led many streamers to become wary of players behaving oddly in their games. 

Unfortunately for a big-time streamer like Ninja, it's inevitable that he's going to run into the occasional stream sniper. So, when a player called IcyFive killed Ninja during a game of Fortnite and celebrated with a quick dance emote, that was all Ninja needed to confirm his suspicions that he'd been stream sniped. Ninja immediately reported the player and guaranteed he would have them banned

Following the accusations of stream sniping, IcyFive tweeted at Ninja and DrLupo claiming his innocence and offering to provide footage of his own stream, which was enough for DrLupo to say he believed him. In a roundabout way, Ninja seemed to admit he was wrong, tweeting, "Stop playing the victim, you aren't getting banned, I am sorry. Stop milking it."

Ninja's ongoing feud with Tfue

Tfue, the second biggest Fortnite streamer on the internet, has a contentious relationship with Ninja. At least according to Tfue, the major bad blood between the two titans of battle royale gaming has been in the works for years. Fans got a glimpse with a brief exchange on Twitter after Tfue tweeted that Fortnite, "... kinda f***ing sucks now." In defense of the game, Ninja shot back with praise, advising Tfue to "... stop playing and roasting it all the time."

A few months later, it appeared that Ninja's Twitter was hacked. Among the barrage of off-character tweets sent out, one challenged Tfue to a fight. Tfue then made a video responding to the invitation where he spilled some major tea. Tfue said that their feud extended all the way back to their early days of gaming. "He's been trying to tear me down. He's been talking s*** behind my back," claimed the streamer. He even said Ninja tried to get him banned from Twitch. 

Ninja denied hating Tfue in a tweet. Tensions flared up a short time after when Tfue accidentally streamed the private info of MrBeast during his COVID-19 charity stream that featured big names like Pokimane, Tfue, KSI, Jack Black, and Ninja. This led to people tweeting about the slip-up, which culminated in Tfue throwing some major shade in Ninja's direction.

Getting blocked by Dakotaz

After Fortnite streamer Dakotaz posted a hot take on Twitter asserting, "fortnite is hot garbage right now," Ninja responded, "You could always... play another game LOL." While his reply was lighthearted, Ninja clarified on stream that he was actually pretty annoyed at a large Fortnite streamer trashing the game. He went on to say, "You're so f***ing stupid if you think this game is trash.

Dakotaz saw the Ninja video and had some choice words to share, telling Ninja to, "Stay in your f***ing lane." Ninja also uploaded a video to Twitter imploring any influencers to share criticisms of the games they play positively. A few days went by, and Ninja tweeted out a screenshot showing Dakotaz had blocked him on Twitter. Dakotaz explained himself, saying, "I want to post things freely without an army of 10-year-olds harassing me ..." Dakotaz threw in a bit of taunting as well. "It must hurt- it must be tough to get blocked being Ninja... Not everyone's gonna kiss your a** in life, buddy ... "

Upon seeing this reaction, Ninja became incredulous, telling his own viewers, "Welcome to the internet where no matter what, I am somehow the f***ing bad guy." The controversy spread further on Twitter, where, in addition to Ninja and Dakotaz, Tfue, Jessica Blevins, Corinna Kopf, and even DramaAlert host Keemstar jumped in on the feud.

Doxxing a donor over a racial slur

While playing H1Z1 in late 2016, someone donated to Ninja's stream using a racist display name. Upon seeing the message, Ninja proceeded to read the donor's address and other personal information as an act of retribution while on stream. This act, known as doxxing, is expressly forbidden in Twitch's Terms of Service under the Unauthorized Sharing of Private Information section. 

Ninja took to Twitter to announce that he had been given a 48-hour suspension streaming for violating Twitch's rules. While he owned up to the transgression, saying, "I deserve this," it didn't seem like the incident was too big of a deal for the streamer if his choice of gif is anything to go by. Though the Terms of Service make it clear that Twitch can "suspend any account at any time for any conduct that we determine to be inappropriate or harmful," many suspected Ninja was getting special treatment due to his popularity on the platform.

Questioning Drake's intentions

When Ninja had Canadian rapper Drake as a guest on his stream, the two brought in over 635,000 concurrent viewers and reportedly gained Ninja around 90,000 new subscribers. Considering the stream's success, the two would later meet again on the Fortnite battlefield, but this time with higher stakes. Drake promised Ninja that if he lost the match, he would give him $5,000 as a reward. In the end, Ninja won the game, and Drake conceded, saying, "I'm a man of my word, I got you."

After two successful streams, you'd think Drake and Ninja would be on good terms. However, Ninja later painted Drake as an opportunist trying to use Ninja's platform to sell merchandise without being a real fan. "I feel like Drake saw that I was up-and-coming in the gaming scene, and he thought it would be a perfect way to just tap into another source of viewers by playing with me," Ninja expressed. "He also might have just wanted to game, I'm not sure. But he's a genius dude ... So yes, I will be buying the jacket, basically what I'm trying to say."

Drake unfollowed Ninja on Instagram, which prompted Ninja to up the ante by accusing Drake of not paying the agreed-upon $5,000 for their Fortnite match. "To be fair, he never gave me the 5k, nor do I want it," Ninja tweeted.

Dissing the Halo Championship Series Pro League

Before making it big playing Fortnite, Ninja was a professional Halo player. But when the time came to choose between a HCSPL competition and attending Twitchcon, Ninja not only chose Twitchcon, but derided the league's management.

Way back in 2017, Ninja was not nearly the huge name he is now, though he was still a pretty big deal in the world of competitive shooters. The streamer played a fair amount of competitive Halo, H1Z1, and PUBG for his Twitch audience. However, Ninja announced he wouldn't be able to make just about any of the 2017 Halo Championship Series Pro League matches due to schedule conflicts. Some of these conflicts were because of his upcoming honeymoon, but others were due to conflicts with other notable events that took priority.

"TwitchCon being the same weekend as Halo's tournament ... I think it's the stupidest thing in the world. TwitchCon has H1Z1 tournaments that were held there the last two years ... I can't miss that," said Ninja. He went on to talk about the general state of competitive Halo. "I mean, the picture of worlds this year, again for COD and worlds for Halo, it's a joke!" 

According to Ninja, the people organizing and participating in the league were doing their best. He just wasn't seeing a lot of support from the developers for competitive play or for hosting competitive events.

Calling out FaZe Dubs

After getting into trouble for using the N-word on stream while rapping along with Logic's "44 More," Ninja is no stranger to backlash. He later posted a four-part Twitter apology. "While I am confident that most of this is a misunderstanding, I recognize that it's my responsibility to never let there be THIS kind of a misunderstanding," Ninja explained. "I promise that there was no mal intent ..." While Ninja's viewers were split regarding the severity of the situation and the sincerity of his apology, ultimately, Ninja faced few repercussions outside of internet criticisms.

Despite Ninja's rocky history with the racial slur, he didn't hesitate to call out FaZe Dubs for his use of the N-word during a stream. FaZe Clan suspended Dubs from esports competitions indefinitely and has been met with backlash for his use of the slur. Specifically, Ninja commented on the situation during one of his streams, calling out Dubs' bad behavior. According to Ninja, this was no mere slip of the tongue that could be easily brushed off. "I think what makes that even worse is that, like, the reason he said it was because he thought no one was streaming."

Alienating NFL players and fans

Before Ninja made it big streaming Fortnite, he played competitively in several other games, so it's not a question of whether or not he has skill. However, with just a few tweets, Ninja seemed to invite speculation into how that skill stacked up against other competitors. In a now-deleted tweet, Fortnite's top streamer tweeted wrote, "I'll never understand how college and NFL football teams allow kickers that just.... miss... kicks. I feel like there has to be pools of kickers in the USA that won't miss simple kicks. Or snappers that won't mess the snaps idk man it seems so SILLY. Would love opinions on this." 

Ninja may have been biting off more than he could chew, because he got a bunch of opinions in return for his criticism. Reactions to Ninja's take cascaded in from fellow streamers and traditional sports fans alike. Some people shot back by rewording Ninja's tweet to question how pro-Fortnite players miss shots. Ninja doubled down by saying Fornite players need to focus on several gameplay elements while "a kickers job is LITERALLY to kick." Even so, he denied he was saying that his job was harder than an NFL kicker.

The Kaceytron-Lady Gaga debacle

After Lady Gaga sent out a tweet asking about Fortnite, Ninja was quick to reply with some on the nose song references and an offer to join in on one of his streams. Despite his attempt at humor, many weren't thrilled with Ninja's seemingly hypocritical approach to inviting prominent women on his stream despite his previous statements detailing his aversion to playing with female streamers.

Twitch streamer Kaceytron responded to Ninja's tweet, asserting that Ninja only streams with women when it benefits him in some way. Ninja replied, "I have literally played squads with multiple women after that article over the last year and a half as well as hosted MANY female streamers. I will continue to support everyone in gaming while you get baked on stream." 

"I'd like to apologize to @ninja, we have been colleagues for many of years now and we've always had a very playful friendship, I didn't mean anything by it...I am taking off streaming for today to seriously reconsider my actions, I will never high tweet again after this tweet," Kaceytron eventually tweeted. She later acknowledged Ninja's shift to streaming with women. However, she noted that Ninja never publicly apologized for his initial stance. 

Following some of Kaceytron's more aggressive tweets aimed at Ninja's defenders, she received a temporary ban on Twitter

His breakup with Reverse2k

Reverse2k was Ninja's duo partner for a year. However, when he made a joke about Ninja moving to Mixer, Ninja took it personally and got angry on stream. Months later, Ninja announced that this short feud was enough to end their partnership. 

Ninja had been playing with Twitch streamer Reverse2k as his duo partner for a while without any apparent issues. But in the opening days of 2020, things got a bit heated during a match. Reverse commented on a joke made on stream from someone in their squad, and the conversation escalated. Ninja even jumped in, calling for Reverse to respect his elders, who had been streaming for longer than him. With a smile on his face, Reverse said, "If anything, it's the tables turned."

This led to Ninja asking why they should respect Reverse. "Like dude, you're coming into our territory, and we should respect you?" Reverse responded, "I'm not coming into Mixer."  Ninja seemed to take this comment personally and blew up at Reverse on stream. Moments later, Reverse quit the stream to play Sea of Thieves. Weeks later, he tweeted out, "All good things come to an end." Reverse confirmed on his stream that day that he and Ninja were officially no more.