Legendary Video Game Streamer and Streaming Influencer Review
Gamer Ninja | Wanted Dead or Alive
Wanted Dead or Alive
Gamer Ninja is a live video game streaming influencer who streams video games for his following on Mixer, Twitch, and YouTube. Gamer Ninja is an online, live video game streaming broadcaster who’s comedic personality has risen to the level of which very few have been able to match. Gamer Ninja is the video gaming industry’s world best video game streamer and live streaming influencer.
Gamer Ninja Described in Three Simple Points
- Legendary online streaming influencer and video game streamer pioneer of live streaming and broadcasting.
- Streams himself live playing popular video games on Mixer.com, Twitch.tv, and YouTube.com.
- Also known for his comedic, yet no-nonsense, aggressive approach to life and gaming.
Gamer Ninja’s Streaming Schedule
- Sun: Anytime
- Mon: 7 pm-?
- Tue: 7 pm-?
- Wed: 7 pm-?
- Thu: 7 pm-?
- Fri: 7 pm-?
- Sat: Anytime
Who Is Gamer Ninja? | Gamer Ninja Embedded
We are going to put forth the following in a Question and Answer style format which we feel will help readers to be able to break down who Gamer Ninja is into more manageable parts. It also makes it easier for Gamer Ninja to share more about him instead of having to talk in “third person.”
To quote Crosby, Stills, and Nash from 1969
It’s getting to the point where I am no fun anymore.
Is Gamer Ninja still having fun?
For me, those Crosby, Stills, and Nash lyrics could be the furthest from the truth. I am having the most fun I have had in my entire life! In the following, I am going to attempt to give you some background on who I am and where Gamer Ninja is going.
I am a person who is thorough, detailed, and leads a good life helping others inside and outside of my online streaming lifestyle. It’s been over four years since I created the first welcome post on Gamer.ninja. Since then, my life has changed, and I have evolved as a true video game streamer. I love challenges, so embracing the advancements that were rapidly occurring with video game streaming technologies is right up my alley. I love to stay on top of the latest streaming industry advancements, and I seek out new streaming developments opportunities to be involved with.
Why does Gamer Ninja Stream?
Even though one of my iconic stream titles was “I am Only In It for the Money,” which was a goof taken from the 1968 Mother of Invention album titles “We’re Only In It for the Money,” I am not in it for the money. I am in it for the experience. The main reason I stream is that I like the feeling I get when I produce something that others find interest in. I like creating good and interesting content. Secondly, the technology that is involved with it. I like video, audio, computers, and gaming. Streaming provides an outlet that allows me to combine all of these areas.
How Did Gamer Ninja Get Into Live Streaming Video Games?
I started streaming video games via my Xbox One about two years ago. About a year and a half ago I made the switch to console streaming via PC and OBS. I found Mixer in August of 2016, and I have made it my online streaming home ever since. I multiplatform stream to other live streaming services, but Mixer is my main platform. I encourage all my viewers, across all my platforms, to visit me at Mixer. Mixer.com is the platform I call home.
Why does Gamer Ninja Stream on Mixer?
I love streaming on Mixer because I love the community. My viewers are some of the best viewers on Mixer. Over the past year, I have met so many great people and made many lifelong friends. Mixer is genuinely a great platform to be a part of. It’s also a great platform to be associated with from a tech standpoint. The tools available to streamers on Mixer are second to none. Interactive capabilities, FTL, ability to co-streaming, and the integration of Mixer into Windows 10 then Xbox are only a few of the many reasons why Mixer is genuinely the best. In the end, Mixer did it right and continues to do so.
Mixer is young, and I want my channel to grow alongside Mixer. I like being part of the Mixer movement and want to take my Mixer channel to the next level with them. I have watched so many of my Mixer friends over the past years. It has been fascinating to watch them grow and become Partners.
Gamer Ninja Mixer Facts
- I stream 3-8 hours daily, 5-6 days a week and stream mainly in the evenings
- Gamer Ninja Joined Mixer September 25, 2016
- Mixer Pro since October 1st, 2016
- Approximately 8000 followers and 100,000 page views
- My Mixer level is 116
- 2,527,105 million Spark
The Future of Gamer Ninja and His Channel
History of Gamer Ninja on Mixer.com
I started on Beam. Pro, now known as Mixer.com, in 2016. I was still developing who I was to become and what my channel was going to be at this point. I was exclusively streaming in the Destiny directory at the time. Back then, there were very few people who even knew about Beam.pro. It was commonplace to go an entire stream without only three or four viewers for the whole period. Most evenings, I was the only streamer in the directory with a webcam. If you were able to capture ten to twenty viewers at one single time, you felt like a “Rock Star” for the evening. The only question was, how do I get them to come back?
During this time, I was starting to get repeat viewers. Eventually, I developed a small following. A few followers from this period are still regular viewers, but a following is an ever-growing and changing a thing. Viewers and followers come, and they go but back then having a single viewer was considered a success. I still look at this way and value anyone willing to watch me.
The beam was growing, and so was my channel. Tom Clancy’s The Division had released an update, and I decided to jump back into this game during the fall of 2016. Very few streamers kept streaming this game after the first week of the update’s release. I continued, and it seemed the viewers also did. I was very good at the game and was able to provide insight and options that most were useful but not widely used at the time. The Division is where I started to develop a following and average ten to twenty viewers throughout my streams. There was a short period I switched between Destiny and the Division, but towards the end of 2016, I was exclusively streaming the Division. I continued to stream the Division throughout the spring of 2017 while seeing moderate growing with my channel.
At the time, Grand Theft Auto V was the most popular game in Mixer’s games directory (Mixer switched from Beam.pro to Mixer.com 25th May 2017). For one reason or another, I could not bring myself to play the GTA V. I despised GTA V to a point, and for what reason, I could not tell you. Why anyone would hate a video game they have never played is beyond me but I was guilty of it. GTA V went on sale, and my following was encouraging me to at least try it. I did and wouldn’t you? I found out that millions of gamer were not delusional after all.
The Web and Technical Side of Gamer Ninja
I have always been a computer guy even as a young kid back in the late 1980s. What shaped me when it came to computers was the early IBMs my father would get from his work. A military contractor employed him, and they would have to spend millions one year to update their personal computers and auction them off the next for thousands because the technology back then changed even quicker than it does today. The IBM 5160 was the one I started on. Back then, there was no user interface. If you wanted to anything, a command line was the only way to make things happen. When I was growing up, and someone in my family purchased a new computer, I was the one who was expected to set it up. You do not know it at the time, but being exposed to computers at such a young age helps you embrace them much easier throughout life. It also helps when it comes to streaming and working with video game streaming equipment. I also had a passion for video cameras which helped, but if I had to choose a video camera or computers, I would want the computer hands down.
Shift forward to the 2000s; I became a vast Linux guy when being a “Geek” was nowhere close to being anything cool yet.
I am what they call a domainer. I buy, sell, and collect .com domain names. I have owned thousands of them over the years. I purchased my first .com around 2000-2001 and had have stopped since. I specialize in five charters or fewer .com domains and rarely buy domain names anymore unless they are under five characters long or they are high traffic domain names or have personal to me. My claim to fame was stumbling on a yet to occur “niche” around 2008 and 2009 when “cloud” related domain names were huge and all the rage. Oh boy, did I waist some serious money back then. I was focusing on cloud-related domain names, and if it had the word cloud in it with other real words included, I bought it. o Make matters worse, in 2011, cloudcomputing.com sold for $1,000,000. At the time I owned, and still do, a domain name very similar to this. I should have sold it back then.
I hit my first domain name “niche” while manually searching for the next $1,000,000 “cloud” domain; I was sifting past some very low charterer domains that kept coming up. These domains were a synonym of “cloud.” This synonym was “vapor.” I invested in “vapor” domains foolishly because they were a close synonym of “cloud.” The reason I purchased them was stupidly (new and no clue) I thought since they were a synonym of cloud, Google’s search engines would cross-search them. Wrong! I didn’t even have time to test this theory because Google put a stop to exact match domain names and anything influencing Google’s searches in this way with the crushing Penguin update of early 2012. At this point, So, I stopped buying all domain names altogether.
The short version is, the word “vapor” came out overnight became a niche term in late 2012 (had no clue) and I was able to sell off and recoup, and then some, all the money I had lost.
During this time, and before the Penguin update, I have all these domain names pointing to nothing. I Around 2009 I started the daunting task of deploying a fully functional, including written and visual content, the website on each one of my domain names to weed out the ones that had absolutely no potential as, so I did not have to pay to renew them. I haven’t thought about this period in some time, and it makes me cringe to do so, but it helps lead us up to where I am at today and what I am about to offer you.
The most websites I had life, maintained, up to date and fully functional running at one time was 253. To do this, I had to become my hosting provider. Luckily, although another period which makes me cringe, as cloud-based services, such as cloud servers, were hitting the market and took much of the backend maintenance costs out of the picture.
Well, since I had to do this anyway, the only logical direction would be to become a website hosting company at the same time. The quick end to this was cloud servers not cheap, and their level of security was nowhere near SLA status. Plus, no one had developed ways to harness them correctly to be able to sell them in any fashion other than to cloud hobbyists and developers for testing purposes (not a niche market).
The positive to come out from all this was I learned a ton about all the platforms I had been involved with which almost forced me into web development and website management overnight (before offering managed websites hosting was even a niche), and networked with some of today’s top server and data center providers. I was able to become a RackSpace.com, Microsoft, Oracle, VMware, Ubuntu, Redhat Linux (plus many more) Partners which allowed me access to training and documentation that put me at expert level on some of the most complicated crap going on at the time.
Equipment Pushing and Powering Gamer Ninja’s Stream
I have two separate one gig commercial-grade data lines running into my home with two separate IP addresses and two separate networks. This allows me to have a redundant internet connection at all times. One network is entirely dedicated to streaming. My workhorse streaming PC is connected right to the modem. Its only purpose is to run OBS and a few other applications. The other network is for gaming and general internet use. In the event I was ever a target of a DDoS attack, my stream would remain live, and I would have my console would be back online within moments. The rest of my PC and streaming equipment specs can be found in on my Gamer Ninja Equipment List page featuring Room One at Gamer Ninja Studios. I love the “tech” behind streaming, I run nothing less than professional equipment, and I have a ton of fun doing it.
Did Gaming Played a Significant Role in Your Life Before Streaming
I played consoles throughout my youth, and in the late ’90s. I had an Atari 2600 when I was around ten invested in an N64 at full retail (with everything it was around somewhere around $700.00) the day they came out. One of my first purchases on a credit card none the less. I took a break after the 1.5-year lifespan of the N64 came to an end. In 2008/2009, after harnesses radicular on what I was missing out on with this new MW2 game from my buddies, I gave in bought an Xbox 360.
I am a console gamer. I play the Xbox One exclusively and have no plans on changing this. I am what they call a “loyalist” gamer. I choose a game and play it for long periods. I generally play a single game exclusively for 6-12 months. I have been an avid gamer since I was a child. I have had some console since I was about eight. I started with an Atari and was part of the original NES crowd. I have owned almost every major console on the market. After I created my Xbox Live account six years ago, I have been exclusively playing on Xbox consoles. I am a huge Microsoft supporter.
Highlighted Moment While Streaming | What Streaming is All About for Gamer Ninja
I want to end off with a recap of an experience I had playing online with a follower. This was a turning point for me as a streamer, and a moment I remember every time I click “Start Streaming” in OBS. I used to not play with followers all that much. A few years back, I was playing the game Destiny with followers one evening. I had been playing with this one individual pretty much the whole stream.
We were in a party chat at first, but due to headset issues on his end, he was unable to say much of anything while we were playing. The little I was able to hear of him told me that he was younger and possibly of special needs. I ended my stream and instantly got a message from him that said: “Goodnight, my good friend.” I sent him back a note that said ‘Thank you for playing with me. See you tomorrow, my friend.’ He sent me back a message that said he has a hard time making friends, and he considered me a friend because I was a streamer that actually played video games with him. This changed my entire perspective on what it means to be a “streamer.”
Being a streamer is much more than just providing online marketable content structured around video gaming. Streamers provide much more than just content. They impact people’s lives. Although difficult and trying at times, I have exclusively been playing with followers ever since.
The Part Where Gamer Ninja Shows Appreciation
I have changed my streaming style a few times now, and it’s been awesome watching my channel grow and adapt since switching over to Mixer in the summer of 2016. I remember the day you started. I was only a few months in at Mixer and was more “connected” back then to other smaller channels (some which have become significant players today) and when you came on it sent a buzz throughout the community like nothing else.
I was exclusively Destiny back then, and I believe you were also. Back then, I ruled the Destiny directory with a staggering five to 10 viewers. I streamed late nights, and most of the time, I was the only channel within the directory that had a mic and a webcam.
The Part Where Gamer Ninja Talks Streaming Career
I have been live streaming in some professional capacity for around two years now. I began live streaming around 2009/2010 on LiveStream, but that was another time and subject. I started live video game streaming on, like everyone else, on Twitch (2014) remember you back then. I was huge fans of, and have subbed I the past, KingGothalion, and ProfessorBroman. If it weren’t for those two guys, I would not be as dedicated with streaming as I am. I owe a lot to those guys, but we will save that for another conversation.
Making Money Streaming Video Games
How Gamer Ninja Has Helped and Is Currently Streamers
In early to mid-2017, streamers I knew started to become Mixer Partners. In support of their achievement(s), I began to subscribe and donate to them. The following includes a few of the Partners I have subscribed to along the way: Antitinkerbell, FireBottle, Captain16, Choob, Covent, Dee, Doctorfu, JaredFPS, Oz, Loil, Nick, Prince229GA, Sataana, SoCharlie, TheBailyBomb, StreamBritish, Teets TheJoeShow, BootsontheGround to name a few. I honestly do not recall how many streamers I have donated to that I do not follow, but there has been a few. I believe I started to sub to your streamer late last summer.
If you view my Mixer channel bio area, it is my policy that anyone who wants to donate to Gamer Ninja must instead go and give to one of the streamers on my bio list. If people want to support my channel, they can do so by helping the streamers I recommend instead. Back in December of 2017, I started to look at what I was spending every month supporting other streamers. The amount I was putting in every month was beginning to grow and grow to a point where maybe I could pool it together into something better.
The ultimate answer was right under my nose, and it was something I could easily provide that has the potential of paving the way into something even much more significant for the streamers I support. The answer was simple, provide high quality, accessible, cheap, and secure website hosting at no charge. This way, the streamers I was helping would have free access to web hosting services, allowing them to have their website to generate additional income. Even for slow and cheap website hosting services, it would still cost them roughly $10.00 a month.
So, in February 2018, I walked away from streaming (took a hiatus), which I had been doing consecutively for over two years, to start this process. I took the money I was using to sub and donated put it into high-end servers and the best-licensed hosting software you can get. StreamerCloud.com was born.
How will StreamerCloud help the partner who has access to it?
- No monthly cost for hosting
- Generating additional income using Google’s free AdSense ad program.
What Streamer Cloud offers Video Game Streamers
- The creation of content such as articles, posts, and images
- Website design
- Plugin updating
- Any customizations to WordPress
- SEO related services
What I suggest is for streamers to reach out to their subscribers and mods. Mods would be great for creating content such as articles and images. I also have heard of people having good luck in finding web developer help at UpWork.com. Most times you can get an excellent website developer by saying I need this, this and this and I have a $200.00 limit. I have heard that sometimes you can get a $100 per developer hour to take on your project as long as you give them an open window.
I am, however, a stickler on security. I have higher security standards than most hosting providers, which may lead to more security checkpoints and longer passwords that people are typically required. Streaming, Streamers are favorite targets for hackers. Web Hosting Servers and web hosting websites are ideal targets for hackers. I am combining them both, so I am preparing for a fun and bumpy ride. StreamerCloud’s servers have been 110% for over four months now. I have spared no expense when it comes to maintaining 99.99% uptime, and security. I own 100% of everything and StreamerCloud utilizes servers in three areas across the globe (2 in the States and 1 in Europe). I am using three separate data centers to store backups of all website files and databases.
Also, StreamerCloud is in a current state of designing and semi-development. No impact on the servers but the front end of StreamerCloud.com. So, we are growing, and things will change.
How a Website Has Helped Gamer Ninja Make Money as a Video Game Streamer
The one thing I have had since I started streaming three years ago was a website to direct viewers too. Almost right away, I saw an impact on traffic growth. On any given month, I can earn $20-$100 from Google for using AdSense ads, which is a free service from Google.
As a streamer, I am a person who truly knows the difficulties streamers face and the money it takes to provide a quality stream. Especially ones who have pulled the trigger, much like yourself, and went full time. You may not entirely be in the category I am talking about, but you made a sacrifice coming to Mixer, and it had to be a difficult choice to make at first. Streamers like yourself are finally starting to see substantial growth on Mixer, and you should capitalize on this growth.
I used you as an example in a “just published” article about mega streamers not having websites.
The Games Played by Gamer Ninja While Live Streaming
The Games of Gamer Ninja | Reviewing the Games Played by Gamer Ninja
Gamer Ninja Plays Grand Theft Auto V
GTA was the first game where I started to broaden my horizons as a streamer. I was beginning to evaluate what I was doing and where I wanted to go as a streamer. Streaming in the GTA V directory reinforced my abilities to stand out and relate to a more massive crowd. For the first time, I was contending in a highly viewed and trafficked Mixer directory. At first, I loved streaming GTA V. I was playing a game I liked while growing my channel at the same time.
GTA Trolls and Trolling
One thing I found, which I am sure many other streamers have noticed also, is a video game-like GTA has its style of the community behind it. The majority are vast, but there is a particular element of the GTA community that has dedicated themselves to wreaking havoc and trolling. In my past, I was no stranger to the temptations of humor based trolling, even before trolling was a thing. I get it. I tend to troll back and have just as much fun as the trolls are having. However, dealing with GTA V trolls takes things to a whole other level. Before GTA I was banning maybe one or two people a week. While playing GTA, my moderators and chatbot would ban ten to fifty a night. Death threats became constant unless I stopped playing the game and allowed them in. I even had trolls go as far as sifting through Rockstars servers to find where I was playing. They would come in and do what has now become known as “Stream Sniping,” a term coined from PUBG streamers who were dealing with the same thing. One troll, which was part of a sizeable trolling clan which will remain nameless, was technically advanced enough to obtain my VPN IP address from sifting servers and finding me. He thought he had me because the troller found what he thought was my home area. When I would not give in to his demands and pressure to play with him, he typed in the chat the city and zip code from where he thought I was from and proclaimed to be “swatting me” as he typed. Mixer fixed the concern and needless to say, he never called the police, but this was life while streaming in the GTA V directory at the time.
At that time, I had around ten moderators assigned to my channel with one actively in chat the majority of the time. Streaming in the GTA directory has tested me with troll attacks. In roughly 99% of all trolling attacks on my channel, my bot(s) can correct the disturbance in silence. Whatever is not caught by the bots is immediately addressed by one of moderators or myself. In 99.9% percent of the cases, my viewers never even know a moderation action has taken place. I see it, but my viewers do not. I just kept on streaming as if the incident never occurred. My chatbot system back then consisted of Scorpbot and StreamJar. I use all the viewer experience and moderation features they have to offer. I have been running an interactive soundboard via the Sound Interactive application for several months now. Behind the scenes, I am working with Firebot(tle). My goal is to enhance my channel’s interactive capabilities within the next few weeks.
I played GTA V throughout the summer of 2017 until I stopped in Septemeber 2017. As of today, have not revisited GTA V since but plan to do so someday.
At this point, I was around 5,000 followers and growing at a more rapid pace. When Destiny 2 came out in September 2017, I was faced with a decision. Do I keep doing what is growing my channel now or do I switch to a game I want to play but know everyone will be playing? I was ready to end GTA V, so the decision was made to integrate Destiny 2 with my viewer base. Changing games as a streamer is not easy and something that should be done lightly as not to drop off the page with viewership. Well, I was going to play Destiny 2 come hell or high water. At first, I saw solid showings whenever I would sign on and stream. Streamers tend to panic when they go from 50 concurrent viewers during a stream down to an average of 5. I was no different and should have been more diligent in how I switch games at that time. I know how I should have done it, but instead, I let the viewer count drive what I was doing, which is something a streamer should never do.
I wanted to stream Destiny 2 exclusively for the remainder of the year and into 2018. I streamed it for a few weeks, leveled up quickly as usual and did grow my channel some during this period. I firmly can say that I thought I would be streaming Destiny 2 even now. That wasn’t the case as Fortnite and PUBG would enter my streaming life very soon.
I share and review my PlayerUnknown’s Battleground and Fortnite streaming periods further down.
Fortnite | How Fortnite Changed Everything for Gamer Ninja
I streamed Fortnite from day one and the game changed everything for me. Prior to this, I was seeing moderate success as a streamer playing GTA V. When I switched over to Fortnite, I was unsure if this game was going to a game I wanted to play. At the time PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was the blockbuster video game smash hit of 2017 and everyone was playing
Gamer Ninja Playing Fortnite 179 Viewers on Mixer
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds | Gamer Ninja Takes on PUBG
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Gamer Ninja With 614 Viewers | Mixer | COD WWII
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Call of Duty WWII | Gamer Ninja Sees Some Larger Numbers
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