My Gadget Life - Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins

Best Fortnite streamer and Red Bull esports athlete shares his slurp juice with us

Gaming was part of my daily routine… My dad was a gamer when I was a child, in fact he was the one who introduced me to gaming. I remember he used to play games all night. So, you can say that I come from a gaming family. There are no favourite gadgets in particular, as since childhood I have been exposed to the Xbox and PlayStation and obviously, PC is always there.

High-end PC configuration is key… It is very important to have a great PC Configuration to be a professional gamer and a streamer. I have an Alienware AW2518H monitor with Intel Core i7-6850K processor with a GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.

YouTube and Twitch… I think both are great platforms for streaming and you cannot compare both as they are different. It depends, for the growth of your followers Twitch is slightly better than YouTube as it opens up access to a larger audience. On the other hand, YouTube gaming is slightly better for engaging with the audience one has through the YouTube subscription. It is much easier to get  YouTube subscriber than a Twitch follower. So, it is really hard to say which one is better.

I stopped playing PUBG because of games like Fortnite, which runs almost 10 times faster than PUBG. Epic also made sure that the connection issues were handled when facing an overloading number of 3.4 million active users. Also, the game being free and available on multiple platforms is a bonus.

Looking forward to 2018 games… I think Fortnite will get much bigger than it already is right now. I mean, simply because they're already releasing it on new platforms as well, they're just going to increase the audience and outreach they have for the game, and that's going to get more people talking about it. I think that it's really important to know that it's free to play, all it takes is for one person to mention Fortnite is free and there's another person playing.In the future?… I plan on doing plenty more fundraisers and charities, and I really just try to grab things that hit home. Last year I rose over $10,000 for two women (moms) that were personally affected by breast cancer and wrote them a check for five grand each to help with bills.

To get as good as me in Fortnite I think it is really important to give Fortnite some time. I practice for 8 to 10 hours everyday to get better every time. This game is all about getting better by practising more on a daily basis. It is also important to learn to critique your own gameplay. I think critical thinking is definitely a skill that’s kind of fading away because everything is being fed to the youths, rather than them having to learn how to think and analyse critically and solve a problem.

There is no product as such that helps me improve my game… but however, there are a few tips I would like to suggest to improve someone’s game. Firstly, focus on being aggressive when you first start. I think consistency is really how to tell a good player from a bad player, and you'll become more consistent when you learn how to fight and shoot, and know where all the looting spots are, and then you'll start winning more fights and games, and you'll see more wins.