-Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Do I call you Ninja?
Do I call you Tyler? What is your —
What do I call you? -I think Ninja
is usually easier. Yeah. -Ninja, okay, good.
I’ll just call you Ninja. Does your family call you Ninja? -No, like, when they’re messing
with me or trolling me sometimes if I — if they want to
get my attention because sometimes I just don’t
really — I’m zoned out. But my mom is the one who will
usually will, like, joke around and call me — call me,
you know, Ninja. She’s super proud. -Aww, good. Proud mom. You’re a huge deal
in the gaming world. For those of you
that don’t know, you have the number-one channel
on Twitch with 12.5 million followers. You have over 20 million
subscribers on YouTube. This year alone you’ve streamed
for 3,400 hours. That’s 142 days
worth of gaming. [ Laughter ] Wow.
[ Cheers and applause ] That’s a lot of stuff. -That’s a lot of video games,
man. -That’s a lot of video games.
-Absolutely. -Right now “Fortnite”
is the talk of the town. That’s what everyone
is into right now. -Absolutely. -Why is that game
such a giant game? -You know, it’s a lot simpler
than people think if you just kind of go into it. You know, back in the day, I had
to do, you know, so many chores just to get my mom to, you know,
get me a video game because they’re pretty
expensive, right? -Of course.
-I mean, $30, $40. You know, three years later $50.
-I remember that, yeah. -And now they’re like 60 bucks
a pop. All right, and that’s
a lot of cheddar. All right? So I can’t imagine, you know,
a 5-year-old, 6-year-old, 7-year-old, all the way up to,
you know, even a 16-year-old asking their mom for, you know,
a $60 video game. And “Fortnite” is free to play. So, and a lot of people,
a lot of families usually have one console, and it’s also on every single
platform, you know, imaginable. So, and everyone can play with
one another — Xbox, PlayStation, PC. Doesn’t matter where you are. You can all play with
your friends. So, it’s — you know?
It connects around the world. It’s free to play
and it’s super fun. -That’s great.
That’s a good answer. It’s free. [ Laughter ] -It’s free.
-It’s free. That’s why. Yeah. [ Applause ] And what do you think of parents
that don’t want their kids playing “Fortnite”
and the big controversy there? -Dude, yeah — no. It’s simple.
Are they doing well in school? Are they doing well in
their every day activities? And if they are,
then reward them. And if they’re not, you know, it’s a great motivational,
you know, tool, right? Same thing with me
when I was growing up. My parents would always, like —
what was I passionate about? You know, I loved
playing soccer, but, you know, I wasn’t, like,
passionate about it. I loved playing video games. So if I wasn’t doing well in
school or anything like that, they would just, you know,
take it away. Or be like, “Hey, if you want to
go play during the summer, play outside for two hours. You play outside for two hours, you get two more hours
of game time.” -Yeah, yeah. -So, I just run around with
my friends playing, you know, Cops and Robbers
and stuff like that. [ Laughter ]
Yeah. -I want to talk about
New Year’s Eve. -Yes.
-You’re doing a big deal. Explain to everyone
what’s happening. 4:00 p.m., New Year’s Eve,
you’re gonna be in Times Square? -Yes. It’s, you know,
not too far from here. I’ll be streaming inside,
-Yeah, yeah. -It’s cold.
-It gets really cold. And it’s gonna be overlooking
Times Square. It’s gonna be an amazing
12-hour stream with a bunch of special guests,
friends, family, and it’s gonna be amazing. We’re gonna be doing some pretty
incredible things, as well. -It’s really fun
to watch you play video games. A lot of people can’t really
wrap their head around it yet. They’re like,
“Why would you want to watch someone play a video game?” [ Laughter ] -I get it. No.
Dude, it’s so funny. Why do you want to watch,
you know, the best of the best play football, soccer,
you know, hockey? It’s like — Why don’t you go
outside and you do it right now? Like, if you love it so much,
right, you can you do it. -Yeah.
-‘Cause that’s what it is. There’s so many people are like,
“Well, why do you watch people play video games if you can go
play video games yourself?” It’s like, can you do that?
-No. -Can you compete at that high
level and like, you know — It’s entertainment, right? So you watch, you know, the NFL
and things like that because you want to watch people
do things that you can’t. It’s kind of the same thing
with gaming and streaming. -You have a couple
signature things. One is your signature headband
that you have. -I do. I do. -Oh, you brought me one? -Yeah, I got you one, too.
Are you serious? Of course. Would you like to put them on
at the same time? It’s very simple.
-Oh, yeah. -Like, I actually kind of like
yours more than mine. But, yeah. I mean, you just put the center
right around. You just wrap it up. Whenever I get a win,
it signifies — Just a little bit.
A little bit. Pull. There it is.
[ Laughter ] Boom.
-Wow, this feels good. -It’s beautiful.
It’s a clean — It’s nice — -It feels right. Yeah.
-It feels amazing. -And then what is
the pon pon dance? -Oh, God, dude. Dude, you have no idea, bro. I get asked this
more than anything. -Really?
-Yeah, the number-one question. Because it’s
an interesting dance, and an incredible song
that I love. My best friend back in the day
linked me a song, and he was like “Bro, you got to
listen to this song, bro.” So, I’m pumped. I’m getting
ready to listen to it. And out of nowhere, you know,
it’s this foreign language. I’m like — I’m like,
“What is this song, dude?” He’s like,
“It’s the pon pon, dude.” That was it. -“It’s the pon pon, dude.”
-“It’s the pon pon, dude.” -And then he leaves. -And then he just, like,
faded away into the darkness. Backed away.
[ Laughter ] One day I was playing “H1Z1,”
a battle royal game, and sometimes it would take
30 minutes to win one game. And when you win a game like
that, it’s not — dude, yeah. -You’re exhausted. It’s like a pump of adrenaline.
-Right. And it’s like, you don’t want to
just go into the next game. Right? So, I was like,
“I’m gonna do a dance. I’m gonna celebrate.” So, yeah, I just started doing
the pon pon. -Can you teach me the pon pon? -It’s very easy.
-Okay. -Let’s do it.
-You guys are ready? [ Cheers and applause ]
-It’s easy. All right. You ready?
-Let’s do it. Yeah, I’m ready. It’s simple, man.
-All right. -Is there gonna be music here
or we just gonna go, man? -Yeah. -All right, there you go.
That’s all you got to do. ♪♪ -That’s it. I like it.
-Yeah, dude. -That’s it. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins,