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Watch Ninja teach Jimmy Fallon the Pon Pon Dance and explain why people like Fortnite

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Famed Fortnite streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins appeared on The Tonight Show last night, bantering with host Jimmy Fallon about videogames, streaming, parental control, his New Year's Eve livestream from Times Square, and—of course—his famed Pon Pon dance. 

I can't help wondering if Ninja is dancing on the edges of over-exposure. The Drake team-up was cool and his appearance with Ellen was cute, but with the upcoming New Year's Eve stream, the ESPN cover athlete appearance, the NFL commentary, and now Fallon, it's getting to be an awful lot of Ninja floating around out there.   

But it's hard to argue his appeal as a high-profile "face" of gaming: His appearance on Fallon comes off as informed, genuine, and—maybe most important in the eyes of nervous parents of young children—safe. His answers to questions about why Fortnite is so popular, or why anyone would want to watch someone else play a videogame, are simple and direct—common sense, really—and his delivery is high-speed but relaxed enough to be disarming. Ninja's rise to fame has come quickly, but he's obviously pretty comfortable with it.

Ninja's New Year's Eve livestream starts at 4 pm ET on December 31.

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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.