Hundreds of fans, semi-professionals, and big names in e-sports, YouTube, and Twitch streamed everything we've ever seen in the Esports Arena at the Las Luxor Hotel yesterday for a Fortnite tournament , The event was called Ninja Vegas 18 and is arguably the first major Fortnite Battle Royale tournament since launching the game in September 2017. It was organized around the hugely popular Twitch streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, whose reach and popularity has made him a celebrity virtually overnight.
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Each game included between 75 and 85 players, with a total of 233 participants, including Ninja. Each game was played live on the floor of the Esports Arena, with each player receiving their own stand and a machine for the competition. With their anonymous names you never knew who the other players were, so each contest rewarded prudent and careful play and treated each opponent as if he could be one of the best on the planet.
If you killed Ninja alone, you won $ 2,500. If you won the game yourself, you also won $ 2,500. Both – killing Ninja and winning – earned you $ 5,000. But if Ninja got off scot-free and won the game, the bounty would move to the next game. The event consisted of nine micro-tournaments, with Ninja acted as a link. He was the reason why more than 680,000 people entered the same time, a new record for simultaneous viewers of Twitch, to see the event from the perspective of his player last night.
Ninja herself is among the most qualified Fortnite players in the world. He is a former Halo pro who has been a contracted e-sports athlete for years before retiring last year, and his popularity is partly due to the fact that he is under pressure with hundreds of thousands from fans watching him play and win every day. He is also known to befriend and play with celebrities such as Drake, Diplo and Joe Jonas.
But ninja's performance alone was not what made the event so compelling. He scored four top-10 finishes, including two second-place finishes and a hard-fought victory, with the prize money he earned going to an Alzheimer's charity of his choice. But it was the intense and overwhelming achievements – all from relatively unknown players who came to Vegas specifically to make a name for themselves – that made the first Fortnite tournament a unique and entertaining affair.
Here are four of the best moments from the Nine-Game series:
The player who killed Ninja and won the first match wins the second
One of the most shocking twists of the tournament involved a player a college student from Los Angeles, who took on the online "Blind" handle, who proved his skills in the first match of the evening by defeating Ninja in a one-on-one match. You can see the moment when he defeats Ninja here:
Blind won this match thanks to a careful and strategic game. But he was not done there yet. Buying a ticket to the tournament meant you had to play three consecutive games, so Blind got even hungrier in the second game of the day. Although he did not kill Ninja who runs around, he won the second game and scored two consecutive wins in a fantastic performance. You can see his match two victory under:
Following The Verge said Blind, who wants to remain anonymous as he is not yet ready to associate his real name with his online grip, said he came to the Fortnite tournament hoping to be signed. He said he spent the past month competing against other top players through exclusive diskord chat servers, where scrimmages and other training sessions are often organized between professionals and semi-professionals. Blind already says that he sees professional organizations reaching.
The player who finished second in the first match kills Ninja in the second match
To win his first game, Blind had to defeat a very capable and meticulously careful player named "Niibs" who happened to be sitting next to him to me through my unfortunate three fights in heat one. That is, I got a seat in the front row for Niib's performance everywhere. His loss to Blind, as seen above, meant that the latter player had the coveted high ground, which made him a serious drawback when the circle was closed.
But in the second match, Niibs compensated for his loss by recapturing the $ 2,500 he got at these fingertips by securing a mid-game kill against Ninja. When asked if he knew he had defeated the event's event patron after the game, Niibs said he had not. He was just focused on winning and making it to the end. Unfortunately he did not win the game, but he took home $ 2,500.
Ninja scores his first and only victory in the fourth match
Ninja was unlucky in Heat One, but he returned with a new list of opponents for Heat Two and managed to be much better. In the first match of the heat, Ninja secured a modest 5 kills victory by defeating a player who stood on stage at one of the few stations featured in the Esports Arena.
The fight was tense, with Ninjas opponents having both a rocket launcher and a health advantage. But when he sensed that the player was out of ammunition, Ninja aggressively hit his shotgun and found himself in a tense defensive battle that ended with a well-placed shotgun to his most vulnerable area, Ninja won the match and triumphed included some of his graphic overlays on the screen and some sophisticated dance moves. You can see the last fight and celebration by scrolling to 01:24:00 here:
A 14-year race Fortnite Player surprises everyone with a victory
The biggest surprise of the Der Evening came late, in the eighth match in the third Heat, when a player known only as the "4DRStorm" showed a very impressive three-kilo series to win himself the match. He began by first dropping a whole tower with a rocket launcher in a strategic game in which his opponent's prey rained from the sky ahead of him.
4DRStorm secured a direct missile launch, followed by a successful missile attack on the only other standing player. It was an astonishing feat, shown under the pressure of hundreds of thousands of online viewers and hundreds of other people in utter self-assurance, with Ninja self-commenting as he was already eliminated.
When he won the match and the Esports Arena camera drew his attention to the live feed, the crowd was pleasantly shocked to see a bright-eyed teenager who, it turns out, is only 14 years old. He had no words when he was asked how he felt about his victory, and he looked visibly shocked that he had even won the victory. But his skills, self-confidence and serenity are undeniable, and it's clear he has a bright future in e-sports if he sticks to it.