There’s no denying that Turner “Tfue” Tenney and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins are two of the most popular livestreamers in the world.
Each of their fan bases has experienced incredible growth since the release of Fortnite: Battle Royale. Both transitioned to the game from H1Z1 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, where they had success. Upon the release of Fortnite in late 2017, Tfue and Ninja were almost immediately noticed by fans as some of the most-skilled players in the world.
And while other players have improved greatly and have proven to be very skilled in their own right, Ninja has been widely recognized for his stream’s viewership in 2018, and Tfue’s year grew stronger as it progressed.
Let’s take a look at the two streamers, and how they match up when compared to each other.
Ninja, at 27, has been a competitor in several different games throughout his career. Starting with Halo, Ninja played for high-profile teams, including Turning Point, Cloud9, Team Liquid, and Evil Geniuses. Nearly eight years after his first Halo event, Ninja decided to focus fully on battle royale games and streaming.
Tfue, now 20, and his older brother, Jack “JoogSquad” Tenney, uploaded YouTube videos of themselves surfing, skating, and pulling pranks more than 10 years ago. But it wasn’t until 2016 and 2017 that Tfue was recognized as one of the best North American H1Z1 players. In 2017, Tfue finished fifth at both the Fight for the Crown and Elite Series Atlanta event on Denial Esports.
Accomplishments and prize earnings
While Ninja has been competing longer in esports, Tfue has actually earned more prize money in his career. Thanks to Fortnite, Tfue has won eight tournaments and earned more than $465,000. His largest single title win came in the Fall Skirmish grand finals in October, when he and his teammate Dennis “Cloak” Lepore each won $255,000.
Ninja has won seven tournaments in his career, with four of them coming from his Halo days. In total, he’s earned nearly $180,000 for his performances. His largest win came in August 2017, when he won the Gamescom PUBG Invitational with Luminosity, earning him $20,000.
Social media stats
Ninja and Tfue have both obviously amassed a staggering number of fans. The two have thousands of viewers in every livestream, becoming larger-than-life personalities within the gaming and esports communities. Ninja has a much larger social media following, though.
Tfue’s numbers, while not small, pale in comparison to Ninja. He’s closing in on one million Twitter followers, while boasting more than seven million YouTube subscribers and 3.6 million Instagram followers.
Ninja’s Twitch channel has broken numerous site-wide records in 2018. With the help of recording artists Drake and Travis Scott, and NFL star JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ninja’s stream exceeded 600,000 concurrent viewers, crushing the record in the process. He also set records for subscribers and followers, becoming the first person to reach 200,000 subscribers and 10 million followers on the website.
Related: How much money does Ninja make?
And while Ninja has certainly made his mark on Twitch, Tfue’s stream seems to be slightly outperforming Ninja lately in one aspect. Tfue had more average viewers than Ninja in November by just over 1,000 viewers, according to Twitch Tracker. In the last 30 days, Tfue is averaging around 9,000 more viewers.
It remains to be seen if Tfue’s surge will continue, but as of now, it seems like the FaZe Clan player may be gaining major ground on Twitch’s most popular streamer.