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Watching Ninja Play Fortnite with His Own Skin Is Special – and a Little Weird

Epic Games gave Ninja his own Fortnite skin, which is the best way imaginable to honor the legendary Mixer streamer. It's also a bit weird.

  • Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins teased a “huge announcement.”
  • He revealed a new Fortnite skin bearing his likeness.
  • It’s available for a limited time as part of Epic Games’ new Icon Series.

After teasing what he described as “one of the biggest announcements of the year,” Fortnite legend Tyler “Ninja” Blevins finally spilled the beans.

The big announcement is none other than a skin bearing likeness ported to the world of Fortnite for posterity.

Ninja Gets His Own Fortnite Skin

Ninja unveiled the new Fortnite skin on his Mixer stream today alongside an accompanying tweet to mark the occasion.

Source: Twitter

The skin itself features his signature turquoise-dyed hair amplified for effect and his Ninja logo on the model’s shoulder. While a mask covers most of the face, the eyes and eyebrows bear a substantial resemblance to the celebrity streamer.

Source: Twitter

The skin’s attire is suitably futuristic in style while keeping to the Ninja brand colors. A yellow headband compliments the outfit with long tails that move around in sync with player movement during Fortnite matches.

In true Fortnite fashion, the skin also includes an exclusive emote dubbed “Ninja Style,” a unique Ninja’s Edge Back Bling, and Dual Katanas Pickaxe.

Source: Twitter

Sadly, the skin doesn’t feature Ninja’s recently launched Adidas Time In Nite Jogger sneakers.

This Has Been a Long Time Coming

In many ways, this has been a long time coming, given Ninja’s impact on popularizing Fortnite. Enshrining the unofficial face of the battle royale seems an apt acknowledgment of the part he’s played in the game’s success.

But as a viewer, it’s disconcerting stuff. Ninja plays himself, becoming the very game that made his fame. The whole thing is a strange glimpse of what the future of gaming and streaming may have in store.

Interested parties can get hold of the Ninja Fortnite Skin, as it’s being called in-game, for a limited time. The skin will be available via the Epic Store from Thursday at 4 pm PT until Sunday at 5 pm PT.

Epic Games simultaneously revealed a new collection of skins known as the Icon Series, and it’s appropriate that it was kickstarted with the new Ninja skin. The official blurb reads:

Gaming, music, film, and fashion collide in Fortnite in the Icon Series. The Icon Series brings the artistic vision, personality, and attitude of top creators to Fortnite, building on previous collaborations with Marshmello and Major Lazer. First up is Ninja.

Last modified: September 23, 2020 1:29 PM

Thomas Bardwell

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