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Fortnite’s getting celebrity skins, starting with Ninja

It’s part of a series of gaming celebrity skins

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins gets his own Fortnite skin Image: Epic Games
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

After years of asking Epic Games to give him his own skin in Fortnite, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is getting his wish. The streamer has announced on Mixer that his Fortnite skin will be added to the game on Jan. 16, though he’s currently playing games with it right now.

The Ninja Fortnite skin is part of a series — the Icon Series — that’ll bring “the artistic vision, personality, and attitude of top creators to Fortnite,Epic Games said in its announcement. The Ninja Outfit will be available on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. ET until January 19 at 8 p.m. ET, as well as a few extras: Ninja’s Edge Back Bling, Ninja Style Emote, and a Dual Katanas Pickaxe. Neither Epic nor Ninja have said how much the items will cost.

“I’ve dreamt of having a skin in Fortnite since I started playing the game,” Ninja tweeted on Wednesday. “Today, my dream becomes reality.”

Ninja’s outfit itself is very clearly Ninja. Epic Games designed the skin using the creator’s own branding as inspiration. Of course, it’s got Ninja’s iconic blue hair and yellow headband, with the creator wrapped in a “ninja-style” hoodie.

Epic Games hasn’t said when the rest of the Icon Series items will be released.