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Ninja Says Drake Made Gaming ‘Cool,’ But Not Everyone Agrees

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In March, Drake and Twitch superstar Ninja hopped on a Fortnite live stream together—and the internet went wild. Seriously, it was the most-watched Twitch stream of all time: the star-studded cast of Ninja, Drake, Travis Scott and Pittsburgh Steeler JuJu Smith-Schuster racked up a record-shattering 628,000 people watching at once.

 

There's no denying that the stream was a massive moment for gaming—and certainly for Ninja. It was a worldwide trend on Twitter, was covered by major outlets and certainly helped introduce Fortnite to new audiences—rap and football fans, namely.

 

But in a recent interview with Variety, Ninja took it a step further, crediting Drake as the reason gaming is now cool.

 

"Drake, that is what pushed gaming into the mainstream and made it cool," he said.

 

The reaction to Ninja's quote has been sharply divided. Some argue that, yes, Drake's foray into gaming brought the cultural phenomenon to a new level. But many gamers disagree that Drake did much of anything for gaming culture: after all, it's not hard to make the case that gaming was already cool.

 

We asked ONE37pm followers on Twitter what they thought, and 

What are your thoughts? Was gaming ready to blow up on its own or did it need Drake to push it over the edge? Let us know by joining the conversation on Instagram below!

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