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Ninja Responds To Joe Rogan's Comments About Gaming Being A 'Waste Of Time'

Ninja Responds To Joe Rogan's Comments About Gaming Being A 'Waste Of Time'

Professional gaming streamer Ninja has responded to Joe Rogan's claims that video games are 'a waste of time'.

Now, Ninja - Richard Tyler Blevins to his mum - is the sort of guy who might know a thing or two about this, given he's the world's most prominent gamer and makes hundreds of thousands of dollars each month just from streaming himself playing Fortnite.

The 29-year-old streamer hit back at Rogan - who made the comments on his Joe Rogan Experience podcast - by saying: "Joe doesn't really understand the full context of what the gaming community is and how many different avenues you can be successful in gaming."

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Ninja went on to add that it's not just the top level streamers who can make a living out of playing video games. There are other paths that can be taken, such as content creation and coaching.

Imagine that your job is coaching people to play video games - sounds like a decent deal.

Joe Rogan called gaming a 'waste of time' on his podcast. Credit: PA
Joe Rogan called gaming a 'waste of time' on his podcast. Credit: PA

Ninja added: "You can be incredibly understanding of the game, but not have the physical capacity to get pentakills [whatever that is] every single round.

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"That doesn't mean that there's not a job for you. That doesn't mean that there's not a place for you in the gaming community where you can be successful."

This response comes after Rogan slagged off video games, as well as admitting he's struggled in the past with video game addiction.

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Speaking with author and fitness guru Joe De Sena, Rogan said: "Video games are a real problem. They're a real problem. You know why?

"Because they're f***ing fun. You do them, and they're real exciting, but you don't get anywhere."

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Ninja explained there are several ways to be successful in the gaming community. Credit: PA
Ninja explained there are several ways to be successful in the gaming community. Credit: PA

"You [could be] doing something exciting and fun, or you could just be playing f***ing video games,

"Three years later you could just be that same kid, playing video games, waiting for the next whatever the f*** game is... You're gonna waste your time."

To be fair, for some people this is true, but does everything have to be for some sort of personal development or future career choice?

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Surely, if video games are 'f***ing fun' they're doing their job, aren't they?

Ninja with his wife Jessica Goch. Credit: PA
Ninja with his wife Jessica Goch. Credit: PA

Anyway, Ninja wasn't actually too put out by Rogan's comments - perhaps because he's making bank either way - and later added: "I just want to add/reiterate: Joe Rogan is a gamer, hands down the dude loves them and is pretty well informed on the competitive side/aspect of it.

"I just believe there is a huge gap of the last five years where gaming has catipulted [sic] into a different era and would love to explain."

Featured Image Credit: Joe Rogan/Mixer

Topics: TV and Film, US Entertainment

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]