MrBeast defeats Ninja in a $150k LoL tournament
Tyler “Ninja” of Twitch and Jimmy “MrBeast” of YouTube went head to head to win a $150,000 League of Legends duel on July 9. First announced to the public on June 22, the tournament ended with MrBeast conquering Ninja and winning the grand prize.
The MrBeast vs Ninja LoL tournament event was live-streamed on the Crown Channel. The live event at the HyperX Arena in Las Vegas was a huge success, with a large number of fans in attendance. Among the many well-known and respected participants were Tyler1, Doublelift, Ludwig, Mizkif, Emiru, and Yassuo.
MrBeast is one of the world’s most popular YouTubers. League of Legends, an online MOBA game developed by Riot Games, is one of his favorite games. Fans were overjoyed when MrBeast teased them on Twitter that he was organizing a League of Legends tournament with the well-known Twitch streamer, Ninja.
Ninja has been a League of Legends player since 2014, despite his fame for his Fortnite gameplay and streams. Ninja was recently listed as a Diamond on the game’s North American server, putting him in the top 2% of all players.
The League of Legends challenge itself was a unique tournament that went beyond the traditional best-of-three format. The winner is the person who wins the first two games.
Viewers at home could influence the outcome in real-time by flooding the Twitch chat with personalized emotes while Twitch members could also participate in giveaways and win prizes. The unpredictable part of the event was that the simple online banter turned into a high-rolling charity event.
Team Ninja was widely regarded as the favorite with Tyler “Tyler1” Steinkamp onboard. LoL streamer Tyler1, who also hosts his own annual tournament, was a tremendous help to the team throughout the tournament alongside former League of Legends Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. The duo boosted the odds for the Ninja team.
The predictions appeared to be correct as the game began. Ninja had first blood in the first game. However, MrBeast’s team accelerated and won the second game with its strike force taking the map with a 35-21 kill record after 33 minutes.
With the help of Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahani, MrBeast took home the Ultimate Crown as well as the $150,000 grand prize after conquering Ninja’s experienced team in less than 25 minutes, securing a 2-0 series victory.
Three times the charm
Ninja was not going down quietly with his loss and proposed for third gaming, putting $50,000 at stake, with all proceeds going to charity.
MrBeast accepted the offer, saying, “Yeah you know, I think what I would really like to do is just do another, one more match final match for $50k for charity. Winner takes all pretty much, yeah. One more match baby!”
This time, Ninja’s crew was on fire and successfully overwhelmed MrBeast and his players. The aggressive team sealed the match with an impressive team kill count after 20 minutes. Ninja’s team recorded 19 kills while MrBeast secured only nine.
The event’s total prize pool was eventually spiked to $200,000, which included the original $150,000 as well as $50,000 from Ninja’s bonus round. The entire event’s proceeds were split between two charities of each team’s choice. MrBeast donated $150,000 of his prize money to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, while Ninja donated $50,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.