For the first time in history, popular video game personalities PewDiePie and Ninja are teaming up on this week’s Friday Fortnite tournament. Friday Fortnite started out as an unofficial competition by YouTuber Keemstar, before Epic Games got involved and turned it into an event for fans of Fortnite.
The second week of the tournament will take place on June 7, where Ninja and PewDiePie will be competing as a team in Fortnite. The competition will be comprised of 32 teams of 2, and usually takes around 3 hours. Given that both Ninja and PewDiePie have massive followings individually, the collaboration between the two is expected to shatter records.
Ninja, whose real name is Tyler Blevins, is currently one of the most popular streamers on Twitch. Just last year, Ninja broke Twitch’s viewership records after one of his streams on the platform reached 667,000 concurrent viewers at its peak. Ninja’s popularity soon skyrocketed that eventually got him into mainstream media, making appearances on the shows of Ellen Degeneres and Jimmy Fallon.
On the other hand, PewDiePie is known for having one of the most subscribed channels on YouTube. The Swedish YouTuber had a humble beginning on the platform when he streamed his gameplay of Minecraft with friends. Years later, his channel grew in popularity especially his let’s play videos of horror games. However, the YouTuber’s career was soon shrouded by controversies that prompted some people to start up a petition to ban PewDiePie from YouTube.
Week 2 #FridayFortnite @PewDiePie & @Ninja team up! pic.twitter.com/nSVkavvP7R
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) June 3, 2019
Last week’s Friday Fortnite event drew in 10 million viewers, which is by far the highest for the tournament. However, given the massive popularity of this week’s contenders, it is likely that the upcoming tournament will rake in even more viewers and will surely shatter last week’s record. This will also mark the first time Ninja and PewDiePie will be teaming up together so it is interesting to see how that will play out.
The return of the Friday Fortnite event was quickly surrounded by drama when Twitch streamer Tfue sued FaZe clan after the streamer accused the eSports organization of limiting his financial opportunities. Tfue claimed that FaZe clan took 80% of his revenue and prevented him from signing any sponsorship deals. FaZe clan was quick to respond to the lawsuit saying that the organization has profited nothing from his gaming tournaments, and only took a cut from partnership deals that amounted to $60,000.