Back in March, Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins played Fortnite Battle Royale with Drake, the world-renowned rapper. The Drake stream brought the streamer into the mainstream, with those outside of the gaming world taking notice, but that’s not the only way that Ninja stood to benefit. Drake also vowed to donate $5,000 to Ninja’s stream if he won the game, which he did. The rapper then asked for the payment details, vowing to keep to his word.
However, according to Ninja, Drake has yet to settle his Fortnite bet. In a tweet thread analysis of Drake and Ninja’s working relationship, one eSports coach surmised that Ninja would have rather made a “meaningful connection with Drake as a person” rather than having made $5,000. In response, Ninja said that Drake “never gave me the 5k, nor do I want it” noting that it’s “absolutely on point” to suggest that the Fortnite streamer would rather have made friends with the rapper.
To be fair, he never gave me the 5k, nor do I want it. And you are absolutely on point tbh.
— Ninja (@Ninja) July 8, 2018
As many have noted, it’s not like Ninja needs the money. Ninja rakes in more than half a million dollars each month from playing Fortnite and streaming the gameplay on Twitch. The streamer is one of the most well-known personalities in the games industry, let alone the Fortnite community, having been interviewed on mainstream cable news shows and having taken part in the Fortnite celebrity pro-am tournament at E3 2018. For most, $5,000 is a lot of money, but for Ninja it’s practically a drop in a bucket.
Even so, some Ninja fans seem disappointed on the streamer’s behalf. The Fortnite community holds a lot of Drake fans, with many joining the calls for developer Epic Games to introduce a Hotline Bling emote to the game. It’s why there was also significant speculation when Drake released his latest album, Scorpion, and whether the EP included a song about the multiplayer game. But some are understandably upset that the rapper didn’t stick to his word and pay the $5,000 as he said he would.
At this point, it’s unclear whether Ninja and Drake will find time to conquer Fortnite together again. But even if Ninja and Drake won’t regularly play together, there are plenty of other famous faces for the streamer to take on (and put on bets with) including England midfielder Jesse Lingard and Chance The Rapper. Hopefully they will be a bit more prompt in settling their bets than Drake.
Fortnite is available now in early access for iOS, PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.