The next issue of ESPN The Magazine is going to be a little different. Instead of featuring a baseball player, football player, basketball player or other athlete, it’ll havegamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins on the cover spot, ESPN said Tuesday.
Blevins is the first esports player to make the cover of the magazine. He’s also the first Twitch streamer to rack up 10 million followers, and he’s broken streaming records playing Fortnite, notably once with . In June, he also made Time’s list of the .
Esports continue to gain popularity, with one 2018 report projecting the industry will hit $900 million in revenue this year. In May, Epic Games said it would spendto fund prize pools for Fortnite tournaments during the 2018-19 esports season. Last month, The International, the drew in nearly 15 million viewers, according to tournament tracking site ESC.
The Blevins-fronted ESPN The Magazine issue, which focuses on gaming, will hit newsstands Sept. 21.