Ninja Faces Huge Backlash Over His Historic ESPN Magazine Cover

18 September 2018, 16:52 | Updated: 18 September 2018, 16:55

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Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

It's yet another milestone for the streamer

Ninja, real name Tyler Blevins, has become the first professional gamer to grace the cover of ESPN The Magazine.

Ninja has had a truly incredible couple of years, rising to the top of the Twitch streaming food-chain thanks to almost frightening Fortnite abilities.

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Now he breaking new ground once again, by becoming the very first professional gamer to grace the cover of ESPN Magazine, an honour that has hitherto only be reserved for 'traditional' sports stars.

With people finally starting to treat e-sports as equal traditional sports, it was only a matter of time before this happened, but what makes it especially impressive is how quickly Tyler rose to this position - before 2017, he was nowhere near as well known as he is now.

You can see the cover in the tweet below and check out ESPN for more details.

It hasn't all been a smooth ride for Ninja lately. He came under fire after saying that he wouldn't stream with women and was also criticised for footage of him saying a racial slur on a livestream.

But nothing seems to have slowed his meteroic rise to stardom, with his followers and views only increasing - along with his fame and celebrity co-streamers.

However some sports fans aren't happy

My personal favourite is "THIS ISNT SPORTS".

Get with the times, people. For more Ninja goodness, check out our fabulous Fortnite-filled fact gallery about him.