Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Malachi “Reverse2k” Greiner have set a new world record for consecutive duo Fortnite wins. Reverse2k streamed on Twitch, which Ninja left for Mixer in August, meaning it could be seen on both major streaming sites.
Ninja, along with SypherPK, once held the record for the most kills in a duo versus squads match, which has since been surpassed. Recently, the popular streamer has been making news more for what he’s been up to outside of games than his match performance. His move from Twitch to Mixer made headlines as he quickly became the service’s most popular streamer while temporarily making Mixer the most downloaded entertainment app on the iOS App Store. The move was criticized by Twitch streamer Herschel “Dr Disrespect” Beahm, but Ninja’s wife and manager, Jessica Blevins, recently revealed that the decision was prompted by unfavorable terms in Ninja’s contract with Twitch.
After the successful run, Ninja tweeted that he and Reverse2k had broken the previous duo world record with 43 straight wins, which is backed up by data from Fortnite Tracker. The streak stretched started with the pair original setting out to capture a new record for most duo wins in a single day. Once they hit 29 consecutive wins, they announced on stream that they would go after the world record. Rather than chasing kills, the duo decided to mostly keep out of the fray, focusing on staying alive while other teams eliminated each other. Avoiding attention is typically a more reliable survival strategy in Fortnite, particularly in a situation like a popular duo’s world record attempt, which is likely to attract stream snipers looking to derail the run.
WORLD RECORD DEFEATED FOR DUO WIN STREAK W/ @Reverse2k_ LETS GOOOOOOOOO 43 WINS IN A ROW— Ninja (@Ninja) October 2, 2019
Fortnite is currently going through some major changes itself. Epic Games recently announced that it was adding skill-based matchmaking to Fortnite, along with bots at lower skill levels, but the feature wasn’t active yet when Ninja and Reverse2k set their new record. Arriving in the recent 10.40.1 update, skill-based matchmaking is only available in solo mode in select regions, with a wider rollout expected soon. Fortnite is also in the final phases of Season 10, which was extended by a week from its expected finale. That means Fortnite’s Season 11 has also been pushed back by a week.
Once the most talked-about game in the world, Fortnite has seen at least some of its popularity on streaming sites eroded by games like World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and even the resurgence of Minecraft. With big changes possibly coming in its next update, a new record by one of its most popular players feels like a fitting return to form for Fortnite.