Skin in the game: Ninja is the first player to get his own Fortnite skin

Elise Favis

THE WASHINGTON POST – Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is one of the most popular streamers in the world, and much of his success has to do with Fortnite. As the battle royale title became a phenomenon, so did he. Now, after two and a half years of playing the game, he says his dream is coming true: Ninja is the first player to receive his own Fortnite skin.

Ninja told viewers about his playable, virtual twin during a recent morning stream.

“It happened. It’s official,” he said. “We finally got a Ninja skin in the game. In Fortnite. We did it.” Ninja said the skin “looks just like me.” The character sports his iconic light blue hair and a sleek jacket with the Ninja logo printed on the sleeve. There are four variations of the skin, including one wielding two katanas.

The skin is the first of the “icon series,” which will bring real-world personalities to Fortnite. Epic teases that streamers Loserfruit and TheGrefg are among many that will be part of the series in the future.

Epic’s plans are grand, and they don’t stop at video games: The publisher said it will collaborate with not just gaming luminaries, but stars and personalities of all sorts, citing its previous collaborations with music artists Marshmello and Major Lazer. Epic has also teamed up with Disney in the past, hosting Avengers and Star Wars themed events.

“This is just the beginning of gaming, music, film, and fashion colliding in Fortnite,” tweeted Epic Games, the studio behind Fortnite.

Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is the first player to receive his own Fortnite skin. PHOTO: THE WASHINGTON POST