Ninja says he “didn’t put the time or effort in” to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup

Ninja didn't make the Fortnite World Cup, but he says he'll be there next year

The Fortnite World Cup went down this past weekend, and the winners included plenty of surprises taking home their share of the $30 million USD prize pool. But some of the biggest surprises came before the event even started, as a handful of the game’s most famous players failed to qualify for the competition – including Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins.

“I didn’t put the full time or effort in to be on that stage the last two days,” Ninja says on Twitter. “I promise I’ll be there next year.” Ninja is a former pro across a wide array of shooters and battle royale titles, but rose to prominence alongside Fortnite as its biggest streamer – and, consequently, became the biggest streamer in the world.

Ninja was a staple among early competitive Fortnite events, but has apparently fallen behind the absolute top players who made it to the World Cup. Those include a 15-year-old who claimed $1.25 million USD as half of the second-place duos team, so it might be that the top players are skewing ever younger.

But hey, Ninja has made a promise to be there next year, so we’ll see how the qualifications shake out.

For everyone else, the Fortnite season 10 release date is nearly upon us, which will bring a whole host of new features to the battle royale.