A new clip of Ninja talking about stream snipers has been making the rounds this weekend as the Twitch gamer says it could kill Fortnite. You can watch the clip below as Tyler “Ninja” Blevins talks about how he quit playing H1Z1 and PUBG because of stream snipers, and while he doesn’t say it outright, he eludes to the idea that it will make him quit Fortnite and that it will kill the game.
While the man does have a point, there is another side that needs to be taken into consideration. Is stream sniping a problem, hell yes! There’s no denying it. You’re cheating by seeing another person’s screen for the sole purpose of trying to troll a broadcaster and make yourself famous. There is no other reason to do it. However, for Ninja to say that it’s the end-all-be-all that will kill Fortnite is a major overstatement. I get why he says it, he has a major following and a brand to protect and a lot of money tied up in being a guy playing that game all the time. But stream sniping didn’t kill H1Z1. Relentless cheating killed H1Z1.
Aimbots, frame hacks, immunity aids, and about a dozen other programs you could buy on the market to hack into the code drove people away. Same can be said for what’s happened to PUBG, even though it’s still going strong. Same thing in Fortnite, Apex Legends, Black Ops 4. Stream sniping is a form of cheating, but you’re cheating against a specific group of people, not everyone in the game. Will it drive streamers away to go play other games? Absolutely, there’s no question. But it won’t be the death knell for these games, far from it. Allowing people to cheat frequently and have no system around to keep them out when they are banned… THAT is what kills games like Fortnite.
We’re sure that dealing with stream snipers is a problem for Ninja. But he also has the ability to change his display name. He has the ability to throw up a slate before the game starts so people can’t see where he is until he’s on the ground. He can mute the game and hide when he and his pals actually join a session. There are ways to combat it without talking about how Fortnite will die if they don’t fix it. And if none of that works? Well… nothing lasts forever. I’m sure three years ago everyone was confident H1Z1 would rule the world, and then PUBG came along and changed that. When it comes right down it this argument, however, it sounds more like Ninja protecting his interests than calling for a change in the community as a whole.