Stream sniping is nothing new and has existed in online multiplayer games including Fortnite ever since the beginning. Now, popular streamer Ninja demands that Epic Games needs to take firmer actions against stream sniping as he believes that this could eventually lead to the demise of the game.
Ninja is no doubt one of the biggest streamers of Fortnite, making him a prime target of players that seek to ruin a streamer’s gameplay. Stream snipers are notorious for hunting down streamers by watching the live broadcast of their gameplay giving them an unfair advantage by knowing the streamer’s location in real time. Most recently, Ninja was almost a victim of stream sniping during a failed attempt at his New Year’s eve stream.
Ninja believes that while Twitch is actively hunting down users engaged in stream sniping, Epic Games must do more to ensure that streamers get the best experience possible. The streamer also highlighted the contribution made by content creators in popularizing video games such as Fortnite and has commended the efforts of Apex Legends in cracking-down stream snipers.
“Content creators make video games dude. Take Apex for example. It was a free game, EA paid a bunch of creators to play the game and it blew up. It made 90 million in its first month – that’s amazing.”
The streamer went on by saying that he fears that Fortnite may share the fate of the game H1Z1, which had stream snipers out of control and prompted several streamers including him to quit the game. If Epic Games fails to take action against stream sniping, Ninja admitted that he may be forced to quit Fortnite.
Interestingly enough, reports claimed several weeks ago that Apex Legends paid Ninja a whopping amount of $1 million to play the game. It is unclear whether Ninja will eventually shift his streams to Apex if he does abandon Fortnite, but it is not unlikely given Apex Legend’s rising popularity.
While it makes sense that content creators such as Ninja are against stream sniping, some people argue on the fact that it is not the fault of snipers that streamers broadcast their location to the world. All things considered, it is interesting to see how Epic Games would respond to the streamer’s call to take firmer action against stream sniping, considering Ninja’s role in popularizing Fortnite.
Fortnite is available now in early access on Android, iOS, PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.