cageymaru

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According to Reuters, Twitch streamer Ninja was paid $1 million to stream the battle royale game 'Apex Legends' to his 13 million followers on February 5, 2019. He also tweeted about the event to his fans. $1 million "is more than twice media reports of Ninja's monthly earnings from streaming his regular appearances on Fortnite." EA greatly benefited from the promotion as its "stock price and market value rose 16 percent, or $4 billion, in the three days after Apex Legends launched and a month later the game has 50 million users, a quarter of Fortnite's 200 million."

Other popular Twitch and YouTube stars such as Shroud were compensated to play the game. Shroud recently fell off his scooter at 55 mph and severely injured his "keyboard" arm. He wasn't wearing safety equipment. His friend Just9n explains what happened in this NSFW video due to language. Shroud documented his injuries on his Twitter account.

"They did a fairly comprehensive job at pulling together all of the relevant game influencers in this genre," said Kevin Knocke, a vice president at esports infrastructure firm ReKTGlobal. "This was a really well coordinated poaching of the top influencers the likes of which has not been seen so far in esports," he said, suggesting that EA had also roped in streamers better-known for playing other blockbusters like "Call of Duty" or "PUBG".

"We really wanted to create a day where you couldn't escape Apex if you cared about games and we wanted it to feel like an event was happening everywhere around the globe on that day," Drew McCoy, lead producer at the EA studio that created Apex Legends, said in an interview. "We had streamers from all over Europe, LatAm, North America, Korea, Japan so that we could get our message out there and people would see the game," he said.
 

Darunion

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Shroud recently fell off his scooter at 55 mph and severely injured his "keyboard" arm. He wasn't wearing safety equipment.

Are we just not gonna talk about this badass? I mean I am picturing The Fonze right about now.
 

stashix

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"They did a fairly comprehensive job at pulling together all of the relevant game shills in this genre," said Kevin Knocke, a vice president at esports infrastructure firm ReKTGlobal. "This was a really well coordinated poaching of the top shills the likes of which has not been seen so far in esports," he said, suggesting that EA had also roped in streamers better-known for playing other blockbusters like "Call of Duty" or "PUBG".

"We really wanted to create a day where you couldn't escape Apex if you cared about games and we wanted it to feel like an event was happening everywhere around the globe on that day," Drew McCoy, lead producer at the EA studio that created Apex Legends, said in an interview. "We had shills from all over Europe, LatAm, North America, Korea, Japan so that we could drive our profits up and people would fall for it," he said.

FTFY
 

SixFootDuo

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Feels good that I have my own mind and thought process and that I do not follow others for the sake of wanting to fit in or noticed or to be one of the cool kids.

The same millions of people that play this game are the same millions of people that listen to the same top 40 music. No thanks. A lot better games out there, and music.

Also, other people can play this game. There are a lot of great players out there. It wouldn't take much to put some of these players under contract and get them to influence whatever publishers games are out there. EA can't put Shroud or Ninja under a contract but they can others who would gladly sign for $100K a year all day long.
 

nightanole

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Feb 5th, $92.52
Feb 6th, $80.21

March 6th, $94.77
sep 28 pre crash, $120.49

The stock market is only down 5% from the sep 28 highs....
 

ryno9100

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I still don't know who this "Ninja" guy is.

A very popular (and incredibly good, skill-wise) Fortnite streamer. I think he was the biggest one for Fortnite. Getting someone that big in the Battle Royale streaming scene to play your new battle royale game is pretty big.

Basically, he's nothing special, apart from being good at a video game. He just happened to hit the Twitch lottery.
 

Guarana [BAWLS]

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A very popular (and incredibly good, skill-wise) Fortnite streamer. I think he was the biggest one for Fortnite. Getting someone that big in the Battle Royale streaming scene to play your new battle royale game is pretty big.

Basically, he's nothing special, apart from being good at a video game. He just happened to hit the Twitch lottery.
And (afaik) he has managed to not have any huge scandals wreck him yet?
 

Nolan7689

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Feels good that I have my own mind and thought process and that I do not follow others for the sake of wanting to fit in or noticed or to be one of the cool kids.

The same millions of people that play this game are the same millions of people that listen to the same top 40 music. No thanks. A lot better games out there, and music.

Alternatively though, there’s nothing wrong with people enjoying those things nor are they explicitly trying to “fit in” or be “one of the cool kids”. It’s asinine to assume so.
 

Snappshoota

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I want to file a complaint with my parents, teachers, and peers for crushing my dreams of playing video games for a living when I was 9 years old.

Isnt that the truth!

I had my step father over a few months ago, and he was asking about some games. We got on to the story about how people are making money playing video games, and he didnt believe me till i showed him twitch. His jaw dropped, and I told him thanks for fucking my life up! I could've been a pro gamer, but no I had to "grow up!" Lol
 

GoodBoy

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I've been playing some Apex Legends. Word of mouth with my friends, plus I recall reading about it on [H].

Who has time to watch streamers?? My god must be a lot.

Out of all of those who streamed Apex for that day, did any stick with it? How has the game that is streamed (across all the streamers) changed since Apex Legends launched.
 

nightanole

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Have you forgotten about the whole hullabaloo when he said he'd never stream with a woman? They're still trying to go after him for that.

yea that was a dammed if you do, dammed if you dont moment. You have to have +9 charisma and job's reality distortion bubble hat to get out of that one free and clear.
 

Oldmodder

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I can read and understand, but my mind are still like WHAAAAAAT

So a single person getting watched by other persons playing a game are a influencer, don't you mean just a flu ? cuz really that's sick right there, and by sick i don't mean gangsta sick but good old fashioned puking up your guts sick.
 

exlink

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$1mil boosted their stock price $4b, and kick-started the Apex Legends money printer - I would call that a pretty good move
I'm fairly confident you can say that Ninja wasn't solely responsible for the popularity of Apex Legends and EA's stock boost. When the game came out nearly every single large streamer played the game. Ninja helped but you can't say that the $1 million investment in him was what solely boosted the stocks and kick-started the "Apex Legends money printer". Not to mention I'm fairly confident Shroud has had the highest viewer count for Apex Legends and his channel sky rocketed in popularity.
 
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Oh that injury was so satisfying, really hate the trend of people getting paid to be a sub part idiots, step daughter is watching that crap every morning on youtube, just people screaming about crap, feels like humanity is going backwards rather than aiming for the stars. At least people like Bezos are still raking in the money and putting it into space exploration.
 
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A very popular (and incredibly good, skill-wise) Fortnite streamer. I think he was the biggest one for Fortnite. Getting someone that big in the Battle Royale streaming scene to play your new battle royale game is pretty big.

Basically, he's nothing special, apart from being good at a video game. He just happened to hit the Twitch lottery.


Everyone is good at fortnite, there's zero way to rank anyone with all the auto aim assist exploits etc.

He's just a flamboyant idiot cashing in from other idiots, copying pew di pie formula.
 

NickJames

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I'm fairly confident you can say that Ninja wasn't solely responsible for the popularity of Apex Legends and EA's stock boost. When the game came out nearly every single large streamer played the game. Ninja helped but you can't say that the $1 million investment in him was what solely boosted the stocks and kick-started the "Apex Legends money printer". Not to mention I'm fairly confident Shroud has had the highest viewer count for Apex Legends and his channel sky rocketed in popularity.

Shroud was also paid by EA to stream Apex. I wouldn't doubt most of the top 10-25 streamers were paid by EA in some way to jump start the Apex train.
 
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