Teal-haired gaming phenom Tyler Blevins, aka Ninja, is getting his own skin in Fortnite. Blevins was popular on Twitch before Fortnite came along, but Epic’s Battle Royale game propelled him into a household name. His popularity has landed him endorsement contracts and book deals, and his income reportedly ballooned to $10 million in 2018.
Now Epic is honoring him by making him the first “icon” to have a Fortnite skin modeled in his likeness. “First” because he is not the only one Epic is planning to digitize into the game. The publisher will feature other popular personalities, including Loserfruit, TheGrefg, and others, in its “Icon Series” of updates.
Pon Pon Emote in-game! pic.twitter.com/8D4R0jEo9f— HYPEX - Fortnite Leaks & News (@HYPEX) January 15, 2020
It is not just the streamer’s image that is coming either. The skin comes with cosmetics, including Ninja’s Edge Back Bling, Ninja Style Emote, and Dual Katanas Pickaxe (preview above).
The update goes live Thursday, January 16, at 7:00pm EST. Blevins tweeted that you could use the promo code “NINJA” between Thursday and Sunday, but did not elaborate on whether it scores the skin for free or at a discount.
I've always dreamt of having a skin in Fortnite since I started playing the game. Today, my dream becomes reality. Get the Ninja Fortnite Skin in the Epic store Thursday 6 p.m. CST-Sunday 7 p.m. Don't forget to use code NINJA! #NinjaSkin #EpicPartner pic.twitter.com/n6qFqMfMbV— Ninja (@Ninja) January 15, 2020
It all seems a bit cheesy to me, but like him or not, there is no denying Blevins’ popularity. He has appeared in television commercials and even played a little Battle Royal with Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show. When he recently moved away from Twitch to broadcast on Mixer, he amassed more than a million subscribers in less than a week.
So don’t be surprised when you see a bunch of Ninja lookalikes running around in your next Fortnite match.