Ninja was revealed to be last year’s most tweeted about gaming personality, beating the likes of Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, and Guy ‘Dr DisRespect’ Beahm. 2019 was a massive year for Ninja which saw him hit an astronomical 14 million followers on Twitch, establishing himself as the biggest streamer on the platform by some distance. The biggest news of the year for both Ninja and the streaming community in general was his announcement that he was leaving Twitch to stream exclusively on rival platform Mixer, which paved the way for many other big names to leave Twitch.
As well as the switch of platform, Ninja also had numerous appearances in the mainstream media such as on chat shows and entertainment shows like The Masked Singer. He also signed a huge apparel deal with Adidas and broke the world record for the most consecutive duos wins on Fortnite alongside Malachi ‘Reverse2k’ Greiner. All these events and more meant that Ninja was rarely out of the spotlight in the gaming world.
Behind Ninja in second place is Spanish content creator and streamer Rubén ‘Rubius’ Doblas Gundersen, while popular YouTuber Sean ‘Jacksepticeye’ McLoughlin comes in third.
Twitter’s blog post also lifts the lid on which esports teams and events were the most talked about in 2019.
FaZe Clan pipped G2 Esports to the top spot in the ‘Teams’ category, with the organisation having a number of big talking points throughout the year, including their messy lawsuit with Tfue and their teenage Fortnite pro Jarvis ‘Jarvis’ Kaye getting permanently banned from competing after being caught cheating.
The most talked about event of the year was also the most watched esports tournament in history: The 2019 League of Legends World Championship. The dramatic climax to the 2019 season saw G2 look as if they would become the first European team in eight years to be crowned champions, only for FunPlus Phoenix to stomp them 3-0 in the final.
The blog post also crowns Japanese mobile game Fate/Grand Order as the most talked about game on Twitter, with Fortnite in second place.