While Fortnite is one of the most popular games of all-time, it’s also one of the most controversial. Seemingly any update or addition to the game gets minutely scrutinized and makes thousands of people upset. Among these thousands are some of the game’s top streamers.
As with any game, developers can’t make everyone happy. Even if an update is universally praised, it will not please some. This has been the case for Fortnite since its meteoric rise in 2018.
However, recently, every update is criticized beyond belief. Popular streamers are leading this charge and getting their audiences to follow suit. And the Twitch ambassador for Fortnite, Ninja, has had enough of this.
While these were controversial changes, the reaction was a bit over the top. Dozens of streamers and influencers called out Epic Games for their incompetency live on broadcast. One of the biggest streamers alive though, Ninja, went another way.
He had this to say in an early Friday stream:
For months, Twitch personalities have been bashing Fortnite to no end. While some viewers will have their own opinion, others take after whatever their favorite streamer says. If a streamer is continually stating how much they don’t like a game, eventually their audience will join that trend. Though there’s nothing inherently wrong with this, more often than not this can kill a game.
Ninja makes this argument and implores his fellow streamers to stop publically bashing Fortnite. Even though the game is in a rough state, that doesn’t mean it still can’t be fun.
Every player should form their own opinion about Fortnite. However, if enough streamers say they don’t enjoy the game, Fortnite will slowly die. Regardless of how you feel about the game, that would severely hurt the gaming industry.
Criticism is always beneficial as long as respect is present. A game can’t thrive if the only voice being heard is a negative one. While the game is not perfect by any means, streamers should, perhaps, be more mindful about how they express their opinions.
Joey Carr is a University of North Georgia Journalism graduate. He has 4+ years experience covering Esports and traditional sporting events, including Dreamhack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.