Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins is having an astounding year and the fruits of his efforts have not gone unrecognised. Yesterday, the Fortnite superstar was handed his diamond play button during YouTube's Live at E3 stream.
After a swift interview with Geoff Keighley, YouTube's head of gaming Ryan Wyatt headed out to present the play button to Blevins.
Wyatt mentioned during the stream that Ninja is now the fastest non-music creator in history to grow to from one million to 10 million subscribers.
Ninja also made that insane climb in "under one hundred days", according to Wyatt.
A massive congrats to @Ninja on his 10M diamond play button! Ninja grew his channel from 1M to 10M subscribers faster than any other non-music channel in the history of YouTube, and he did it in under a 100 days. INSANE! Congrats!! Special appearance by @marshmellomusic!! pic.twitter.com/hgmUooqUj0— Ryan Wyatt (@Fwiz) June 11, 2018
Ninja's year has been nothing short of extraordinary. His time with Fortnite: Battle Royale has seen him skyrocket to unbelievable levels since the turn of 2018. In that time he's amassed 8.2 million followers on Twitch, 13 million YouTube subscribers, and the last time we checked the creator was earning a cool $500,000 a month.
He also broke Twitch's record for most concurrent views on stream during his own Las Vegas-based charity Fortnite event back in April - a record he actually set himself streaming with rapper Drake earlier this year.
And numbers aside, Ninja is quite frequently using his powers for good. He's aware of his influence on young people and actively tries to "instill good morals" in to his fanbase. He also raised enough money to save an orphanage last month.
Ninja is the hero that the influencer space needs right now, but not the one it deserves.