Ninja Twitch Lawsuit Rumor: Will Streamer Be Sued For Using N Word? (UPDATE)

Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, Twitch's most popular Fortnite streamer, can't stop being in the middle of a controversy. Late on Tuesday night, Ninja accidentally blurted out the n-word while rapping along to Logic's song "44 more." Ninja (who had been drinking) added an n-word that wasn't on the track to begin with. This isn't the first time a top-tier streamer made such an offensive blunder. In September, YouTuber PewDiePie blurted out the slur while playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.


— 「desp」 (@bigracks) March 28, 2018

Update: Ninja has tweeted an 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. More than anything, I hate that any of my friends, fans, or viewers might feel disrespected. (Tweet 1)

— Ninja (@Ninja) March 29, 2018

It is my job, and hopefully I’m usually good at it, to make everyone feel welcome, valued, and safe to be themselves. So I apologize to anyone who might feel hurt because I NEVER want that. It’s my stream, and it’s on me to make that right. (Tweet 2)

— Ninja (@Ninja) March 29, 2018

The best way I can explain it is that I promise that I understand how much pain that word causes, even if it gets used a lot in music and elsewhere. It’s a word historically used to divide people, and I’m about bringing people together. (Tweet 3)

— Ninja (@Ninja) March 29, 2018

I promise that there was no mal intent (I wasn’t even trying to say the word-I fumbled lyrics and got tongue tied in the worst possible way). Again, I apologize for offending anyone and appreciate you all rocking with me.

— Ninja (@Ninja) March 29, 2018

But this isn't the only controversy facing the Fortnite pro. After the backlash over the offensive language, a rumor has begun floating around online that Twitch is "suing" the streamer for botting his channel to get fake Twitch Prime subscriptions. Fortnite YouTubers like BobbyCarterIV and Home of Games have released videos talking about the allegations but lack hard evidence. This entire controversy seems to be just clickbait, a way to get Ninja fans to watch a video before they realize they are being horribly misled.

“Fortnite” streamer Ninja can’t escape controversy. After his recent use of the N word and allegations of sub botting, viewers wonder if a lawsuit may be ahead.
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Twitch Prime offers Fortnite skins for those that signed up and connected their Epic account. This gave thousands of people, who quickly became obsessed with the battle royale, a reason to activate their account. Alongside the free skins, Twitch Prime gives users a free subscription that they can donate to whichever streamer they want. Many chose Ninja since they were already a fan, and he quickly gained more than 10,000 new subs a day. Sites like Polygon thought this meant he had to be employing bots to abuse the system, but Twitch released a statement saying that everything was legit.

So Ninja did say the n-word, but Twitch isn't suing him for it either.