Ninja Refuses To Stream With Women And The Internet Is Divided
13 August 2018, 13:35
Twitch's biggest streamer Ninja has left the internet divided after revealing that he won't play games online with female gamers.
Speaking at a recent Samsung event, Ninja - real name Tyler Blevins - revealed that he avoids playing with women gamers publicly because he believes it will spark rumours about infidelity. Expanding on his comments, he told Polygon, “If I have one conversation with one female streamer where we’re playing with one another, and even if there’s a hint of flirting, that is going to be taken and going to be put on every single video and be clickbait forever,” Ninja has been married to fellow gamer Jessica Goch since August 2017.
The revelation has left fans and commentators divided. Some have branded Ninja sexist after the revelation, with one commenting that women find it harder to make it in the gaming industry "because men like him don't even want to entertain the notion of letting them in."
Another fan said they'd "lost a lot of respect" for the gamer, following his comments.
This type of behavior is sexist. Women can't get into this industry because men like him don't even want to entertain the notion of letting them in. This sucks for smaller streamers who are female and it sucks for women in the gaming industry. If you are a Ninja fan, reconsider. https://t.co/a37A0h4NjV— Elizabeth L. Garcia (@lizzylynngarcia) August 11, 2018
I’ve lost a lot of respect for Ninja due to this. You can’t discriminate against 50% of the population based on gender due to rumours. Furthermore,as a streamer rumours is an unfortunate burden you bare. Need I mention he has just lost 50% of his following due to sexist ignorance— Nicola Vaughan (@nikki_vaughan) August 12, 2018
Ninja doesnt want to stream with females so I guess my fucking career is over. Seriously so fucking sexist. Another step back for women everywhere. What am I supposed to do now? Guess I’ll have to start looking for different role models because Ninja hates women. pic.twitter.com/1d4q8gMkTd— Emi (@EmmiaTV) August 13, 2018
Some, however, have said that Ninja can stream with whomever he wishes. Fellow gamer Daequan accused those criticising Ninja of being "clout chasers," while Twitch streamer Laura Lux said, "if Ninja actually did stream with a girl it would be a disaster. this community is a toxic sexist shitshow and she would be labeled his side bitch, relentlessly harassed for being a home-wrecking slut and spammed."
Ninja can choose to play or not to play with whoever he wants, Get off that mans back lol. Can't be upset if he chooses not to play with you because of HIS OWN feelings towards HIS OWN relationship unless you're a clout chaser, regardless of gender 🙅🏼♀️— Daequan (@TSM_Daequan) August 13, 2018
y’all if @Ninja actually did stream with a girl it would be a disaster. this community is a toxic sexist shitshow and she would be labeled his side bitch, relentlessly harassed for being a homewrecking slut and spammed with “begone thot” trolls etc etc etc fuck that— laura lux (@DarthLux) August 11, 2018