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Ninja is getting his own Fortnite skin

By Koh Wanzi - on 16 Jan 2020, 1:41pm

Ninja is getting his own Fortnite skin

Image Source: Epic Games

Tyler "Ninja" Blevins is pretty much the biggest streamer in the world. In fact, Ninja has broken out of the gaming space and into the pop culture mainstream. In 2018, he even appeared on Ellen, and he's since gone on to collaborate with major sporting brands like Adidas

However, it's impossible to separate his rise from that of Fortnite, Epic Games' massively popular battle royale title. The two are almost inexorably linked, and Ninja will now literally be part of the game itself with the release of his very own Fortnite skin.

Together with the skin, Epic is also introducing a Ninja-themed pickaxe, which is basically a pair of katanas, back bling, and even an emote modelled after the streamer's Pon-Pon dance in his US$5 million streaming room. 

The Ninja skin will be available to buy in the item shop starting 16 January at 7PM ET (8AM on 17 January here) and it'll stay in the store till Sunday. 

This could just be the start of more famous personalities getting their own incarnation in Fortnite though. The Ninja skin is part of the game's new Icon series, which aims to bring the "artistic vision, personality, and attitude of top creators to Fortnite". Epic also teased further Icon series collaborations that will be coming in the future, including ones with Loserfruit and TheGrefg. These probably won't even be limited to just video game streamers, and the company says you can expect to see creators from music and entertainment as well.

Epic Games has never been shy about working with big names outside of the gaming industry. Fortnite is a cultural phenomenon in its own right, and the developer has incorporated other heavy hitters like Star Wars, Stranger Things, and even the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Separately, Epic also dropped patch notes for its latest v11.40 update, which adds support for 120FPS to the 2018 iPad Pro. And if you use a controller to play on iOS, there are now clickable thumbstick buttons.