'Fortnite' Semi-Pro Drake Lost $5,000 to Ninja in a Rematch

Drake is ready to rap about the game if Epic Games gives him an emote of “Hotline Bling” video.

After Drake and Fortniteplayer Ninja’s record-breaking stream in March, the two joined forces once again on Tuesday night. However, this match was much more significant: Drizzy promised he would give Ninja $5,000 if he won the match. Less than a minute later, Ninja secured the W. “I’m a man of my word, I got you,” Drake said.

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Fortnite has been on the tip of every video game and rap fan's tongue after Drake and Travis Scott linked with Ninja and JuJu Smith-Schuster to play the survival game, where at least 100 players battle each other at the same time.

The soundtrack for Tuesday night’s contest—which was Drake and Future’s song “Big Rings”—caused Ninja to suggest that Drizzy “put some Fortnite lingo in the album, or something.” He sounded already prepared to rap about the game, on the condition that developer Epic Games gives him an emote, or an in-game dance of Drake’s choreography from the “Hotline Bling” video.

Drake responded, “It has to happen,” adding, “It’s just got to be the right way. I say when Epic Games gives me the ‘Hotline Bling’ emote, then I’ll do it.”


In April, Epic Games announced aFortnite dance contest, where the first place winner would get their dance featured in Fortnite as an emote. In order to enter, people had to submit a video of themselves performing original choreography to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, along with the hashtag #boogiedown. Submissions ended on April 10.

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