Ninjaâs controversial refusal to share the limelight with female streamers has the community divided on whether heâs being sexist or not.
Over the weekend Tyler âNinjaâ Blevins made a strange admission: he doesnât stream with female gamers on purpose, because he wants to protect his wife from gossip and the suggestion that heâs having any kind of relationship with other players.
Blevins has certainly engaged in that sort of gossip himself, when other male streamers have had female guests, but some fans and female commentators have cast doubt on whether thatâs the sole reason for this stance.
Many have called him sexist and complained that heâs denying female gamers a chance to make a name for themselves, while giving all the opportunities to men.
Opinions are divided though, and we reported yesterday on female streamer Dramakins, who said that she doesnât stream with men for similar reasons to Blevinsâ policy on women.
And yet others, such as popular Fortnite streamer curvyllama, have seemed entirely supportive of Belvinsâ position.
Some have suggested that itâs not Blevins himself thatâs the issue but his audience, and that having a woman on his stream would ruin his family-friendly image in the ensuing furore.
Or as popular streamer Laura Lux puts it: âif Ninja actually did stream with a girl it would be a disaster. This community is a toxic sexist shitshow and she would be labelled his side bitch, relentlessly harassed for being a home-wrecking slut and spammedâ.
Whether or not that wouldâve happened anyway it almost certainly would now, if Blevins changes his policies. Thereâs still no sign that he will though, especially after he issued a new statement clarifying, but not altering, his position.