Fortnite gamer Ninja has made quite a bold statement about Drake’s influence on the gaming industry.
The popular gamer, real name Tyler Blevins, claims that Drake ‘made gaming cool’ in the mainstream after they played a game of Fortnite together earlier this year.
Fortnite fans couldn’t believe it when Drake popped up on Twitch to challenge Ninja, rapper Travis Scott and NFL player JuJu Smith-Schuster back in March. The live stream game completely smashed records for Twitch with more than 600,000 tuning in to watch the unlikely group compete at the bestselling game.
Addressing Drake’s impact after the Fortnite co-sign, Ninja told Variety: ‘Drake, that is what pushed gaming into the mainstream and made it cool.’
Erm, what about the Mario series? Even Tetris?
Ninja’s credit for Drake may come as a surprise considering the In My Feelings rapper unfollowed the gamer on Instagram earlier this year. The fallout happened after Ninja suggested he had been used by Drake as the rapper knew how popular he was in the gaming business.
Seemingly sparking their quiet feud, Ninja previously said: ‘Is he gonna buy my next line of Ninja merch?’ Ninja said. ‘Or my Ninja headband? Probably not.
I feel like Drake saw that I was up-and-coming in the gaming scene, and he thought it would be a perfect way to just tap into another source of viewers by playing with me.’
In his new interview, Ninja was asked what he thinks of his epic year, which has also and appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Ninja replied: ‘Not very much. I don’t really have time to think about things like that. It’s insane with things all day: Interviews, shows, streaming as much as I do.’
After Ninja’s latest comments, he and Drake might just be friends again.
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