In 2018, Ninja was at the top of this game and untouchable. At his peak Tyler "Ninja" Blevins led video gaming streaming site Twitch with over 200,000 subscribers - people have paid $5, $10 or $25 (£3.84, £7.68 or £19.20) per month to watch him play video games such as Fortnite. But it is now estimated that he has fewer than 30,000 subscribers, leaving him lagging behind gaming personalities such as Shroud, Tfue and Summit1G. So why is Ninja no longer top of the pack? Streaming video games can be a simple hobby, but for those at the top it can be more time intensive than a full-time job.
Nick Overton, a YouTuber and professional video game player from Des Moines, talks about how he turned a hobby into a career. Nick Overton, a professional video game player, plays Fortnite while engaging with his fans online from the game room at his home in Des Moines on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. "What do you do for a living?" a man asked Nick Overton at a bar. Overton looked through his rectangular-framed wire glasses and answered that he plays video games. "So, you live in your mom's basement?" he joked.
"Fortnite" streamer and esports athlete Nick "Nickmercs" Kolcheff, is moving to a new esports team, FaZe Clan, from his former team 100 Thieves. Free agency has arrived in esports. Nick "Nickmercs" Kolcheff, one of the top "Fortnite" streamers and an esports pro, is moving to a new team, FaZe Clan, after leaving his previous team 100 Thieves. After a fairly public spat, Kolcheff made it official last week posting on Twitter that he was leaving 100 Thieves, a team he joined about three years ago. Behind the scenes, Kolcheff, who has more than 8 million followers across his Twitch, YouTube, Instagram and other networks, had been talking with FaZe Clan.
Lester Tenney, an Army tank commander who survived one of World War II's signature horrors, the Bataan Death March, and spent his later years pushing Japanese authorities to apologize for their country's war atrocities, has died at age 96. "I've learned to forgive," Tenney said in 2012, on the 70th anniversary of the march, "but I'll never forget." Tenney's memories of that eight-day, 73-plus mile trek and of his subsequent three years in a forced-labor coal mine -- stories he shared with reporters, civic leaders, schoolchildren and in a memoir called "My Hitch in Hell" -- eventually wrung apologies from government leaders and from one of the corporate giants that benefited from POW slavery. Tenney, who lived in Carlsbad, Ca., died Friday, said David Levi, his grandson. Born in Chicago on July 1, 1920, Lester Irwin Tenney joined the Army in 1940, and was sent to the Philippines.
His father used to tell him that sitting in front of the computer, playing video games for hour after hour, was a waste of time. So Cody Altman didn't quite know what to think when a college from halfway across the country called to offer him a scholarship -- for playing video games. "Honestly," he said, "I was skeptical." The young man from Anaheim changed his mind when he learned that Maryville University in St. Louis had an e-sports team with a coach, daily practices and league matches against other schools. Two years later, Altman -- who goes by "Walrus" in competition -- found himself back in Southern California, seated with his teammates at a row of monitors on a high-tech stage, ready to do battle in the "League of Legends" college championship.