Fortnite star Ninja is 1st professional gamer to make ESPN cover

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Chicagoland native Tyler "Ninja" Blevins has millions of social media followers and sometimes hundreds of thousands watching him play Fortnite at one time. (WLS)

Tyler Blevins is the first professional gamer to grace the cover of ESPN The Magazine.

It's a huge honor for the 27-year-old Grayslake native. He's known to the gaming world as "Ninja."

He streams for 12 hours a day playing Fortnite, with around 10 million followers.

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Blevins told the magazine he's making seven figures a month playing video games.

The magazine hits newsstands Friday.

ABC7's Jesse Kirsch got a chance to sit down with Ninja in July.

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