The world’s most popular video game livestreamer, Ninja aka Tyler Blevins, announced today from TwitchCon 2018 that he will be livestreaming a Fortnite New Year’s event exclusively on Twitch (twitch.tv/Ninja) at the most famous New Year’s celebratory spot in the world. When asked during an onstage TwitchCon Q&A session with Twitch CEO Emmett Shear what is next for the gaming star who broke the live concurrent view record in 2018, Blevins stated that he wants to celebrate a stellar year with all his fans, no matter where they are in the world.
Amongst the nearly one million people that show up to Times Square to see the infamous ball drop, Ninja will have his full competitive computer set-up based in Times Square overlooking the revelry going on below. For twelve hours that span the end of 2018 and the first hours of 2019, he will invite the world to tune in to his Twitch channel where he will be playing his favorite game, Fortnite, alongside some of his notable friends, teeing-up audience surprises and, of course, demonstrating top gameplay.
“When I started in gaming, I never thought that something like this would be possible. NYE has always been fun for gamers because it’s a night where you have a widely accepted excuse to stay up and game, but there’s never been an event in the mainstream that’s actually built around that tradition,” said Blevins who currently has over 11 million followers on Twitch. “This is just my ultimate NYE Fortnite LAN party with some of my best friends and a few surprises that I hope we as a community can have a lot of fun with.”
Surprising fans at TwitchCon 2018, who were only expecting to get a glimpse of the streaming star in real life, Blevins teased the crowd with a countdown video and an early New Year’s celebration during his scheduled talk with the Twitch CEO.
Ninja will be announcing special guests for his New Year’s Stream leading up to December through his social channels. With the help of friends and plenty of Red Bull, he will stream for 12 hours straight—starting at 4am EST and ending at 4am EST—covering when the clock strikes midnight for many of the world’s time zones.