The Fortnite legend himself talked to us about gaming as a community and a career.
Tyler "Ninja" Blevins at the Samsung 837 Experience Space
We sat down with Fortnite legend Tyler "Ninja" Blevins to talk gaming as a hobby, as a career and as a community. Read on for his first-hand take on the future of gaming.
Ninja dishes on the future of gaming, community, and 5G gaming
#TeamGalaxy's own Ninja recently stopped by our Samsung 837 experience space in New York City to take on iKON and more challengers in an epic Fortnite throwdown. We took the opportunity to get his thoughts on the current state of gaming and what someone who wants to follow his path should focus on.
Challengers take on the competition at Samsung 837 on their Galaxy S10+ phones
What’s the biggest difference you notice between gaming culture 10 years ago versus today and the future?
The community is so much more vocal and has a very valuable opinion on how the game is going to be updated and actually come out. A lot of games nowadays are doing betas and alphas because they want to get people's feedback. Ten years ago, a lot of the developers said, “This is the game, this is what you're going to get. And if you don't like it, buy another game."
I really think the games that fail the most right now are the ones who just completely ignore what their players, streamers, content creators and YouTubers really have feedback on.
“The biggest thing that stands out—one million percent—is community-driven feedback.”
Ninja and iKON take on the competition at Samsung 837
How can young gamers convince their parents that gaming is about more than high scores?
Give it one or two more years, but it’s still not quite yet like, "Oh, my son is the best football player on the team, but he’s not doing well in school." Give it a couple more years. If you want to be a streamer, a YouTuber, a gamer—a top professional player—do well in school. Growing up I bargained all the time: "Mom, I'll clean for two hours, I'll do as many chores as you want, if give me two more hours of gaming."
Ninja addresses the crowd
What's your advice for how to become a professional gamer?
Be entertaining. Be funnier than someone else. Pick someone who you look up to and if you think you’re funny, and better than them, then… do it. And be that. Make your content better than the person you aspire to be, or anyone for that matter.
“5G is a huge part of my future right now. I’m actually super excited to see where it goes.”
Our latest Fortnite skin, iKONIC
How do you think 5G is going to change the scene?
Dude, I'm excited. We're actually talking about mobile gaming experiences with 5G while traveling to Ninja events and stuff like that. So 5G is a huge part of my future right now, so I'm super excited to see where it goes. I haven't experienced it yet so the buildup is insane and I just can’t wait. It’s here dude, I’m ready.
Gaming is not going anywhere. It's in its prime, and it's only going to get better.