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26-year-old video gamer Tyler Belvin bypasses Cristiano Ronaldo and Virat Kohli as April's most famous social media star

Sohinee Basu
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10.55K   //    09 May 2018, 20:34 IST

Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins Takes On Challengers At Ninja Vegas '18 At Esports Arena Las Vegas
Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins Takes On Challengers At Ninja Vegas '18 At Esports Arena Las Vegas

What's the story?

In this 21st century, social media has evolved so much that it can reveal startling figures, make somebodies out of nobodies and push you to fame overnight. It's one crazy, crazy place out there in the virtual world.

26-year old Twitch streamer, Tyler Blevins has shot into the limelight after bypassing the likes of 5-time Ballon d'Or awardee Cristiano Ronaldo and our very own Virat Kohli to emerge as the most popular social media sports star for the month of April!

In case you didn't know...

The 26-year-old American Tyler who is more popularly known by his online alias Ninja has reached social media glory by becoming the most popular streamer on Twitch with over six million followers and an average of over 110,000 viewers per stream.

Twitch happens to be a live streaming video platform owned by Twitch Interactive which primarily focuses on video game live streaming, including broadcasts of eSports competitions, etc.

The heart of the matter

It is no easy feat to surpass the immensely huge fan following that Cristiano Ronaldo commands. Nor is it easy to bypass cricket sensation and India's pride, Virat Kohli when it comes to matters like this. But as per the collected data, we are really in for surprises as Ninja barged into the limelight and raced ahead of Ronaldo and Kohli who lag behind him in the social media interactions count.

Tyler, at just 26 years of age, has shaken records and the world by gathering a 4 Million strong follower base and has accounted for a staggering 150.3 Million social media interactions. Ronaldo, with a fan following of 318.9 Million followers has just 139.3 Million interactions to his credit whilst Kohli is a long way off at 43.1 Million interactions.

Blevins has over 10 million subscribers on YouTube as of May 2018. He earns over $500,000 per month from streaming Fortnite and credited the game's free-to-play business model as a growth factor.

What's next?

To have people from sports other than football and cricket hog the social media fame is indeed a sight to behold. Ninja has done just that with his live stream gaming and can possibly create other such amazing records. We have to just wait and see if he can get more popular in the coming days.

Author's take

It's a pleasant sight to see social media record charts being topped by professional video gamers and not someone who hails from football and cricket. This shows that the world does care for more than just those two sports and the statistics here are enough to give away this fact. Tyler Blevins has really emerged to become popular in the last one month and this kind of success should be toasted to.

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Sohinee Basu
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I am this teeny-tiny adult kid with a horrible obsession of poetry and words. It will be too less to say that I love everything about tennis and a certain Roger Federer also! I love everything from the smell of old books to the thrill of watching tight matches!
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