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Ninja, the biggest name in Fortnite, will now stream exclusively on Mixer

By David Matthews · 14 replies
Aug 1, 2019
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  1. Fortnite's biggest star is undoubtedly Tyler Blevins, otherwise known as Ninja. In fact, his popularity has helped make Twitch one of the largest game-streaming platforms in the world. It seems that Microsoft has orchestrated a coup with Ninja announcing that he is leaving Twitch and streaming exclusively to Mixer.

    "I have been holding on to this for quite some time and I’m just super excited to let everyone know. I’ll be streaming on Mixer full-time now and I’m honestly at a loss for words. I’m freaking out in the best ways. I feel like I’m going to get back to the streaming roots."

    The news may come as a shock to Ninja's long time Twitch subscribers, which has risen to over 14 million. Some loyal fans may even see this as outright betrayal, especially if Twitch is their only platform to watch game streaming. To celebrate, Mixer is offering a free one-month subscription to Ninja's Mixer channel.

    Mixer, the streaming platform owned by Microsoft has seen its fair share of feature updates since it originally launched as Beam back in 2016. For example, streamers are able to share controller input with viewers such as allowing the viewer to shoot while the streamer drives a tank. Mixer also uses "experience points" as a reward for viewers instead of charging money, though donations are still an option for supporting your favorite streamer.

    Whether or not Ninja struck a deal with Microsoft to move to Mixer is unknown though one would think a streamer as popular as Ninja wouldn't suddenly leave the enormous Twitch audience for a rival platform with much lower viewer numbers.

    Regardless, this is a huge deal for Microsoft and could swing the pendulum of game streaming a little more towards Mixer. Mixer is already a native streaming service on Xbox and could persuade some Twitch streamers not only to switch streaming platforms but even gaming platforms.

    Twitch issued a statement to The Verge saying:

    "We’ve loved watching Ninja on Twitch over the years and are proud of all that he’s accomplished for himself and his family, and the gaming community. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."

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  2. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 561   +277

    Hes gettin paaaaaaid
    MaitieS, tkabou, Andromadus and 2 others like this.
  3. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 950   +453

    My guess is around 50 millions.
  4. R00sT3R

    R00sT3R TS Guru Posts: 173   +358

    Never heard of him....and I feel all the better for that.
    avioza, vexcro, Capsaicin and 3 others like this.
  5. Krackan

    Krackan TS Booster Posts: 26   +30

    He's just securing an early retirement at this point. He could work with Mixer for two years and make sub-par content and still retire with enough to hold his family over for a few future generations.
    Misagt likes this.
  6. ypsylon

    ypsylon TS Booster Posts: 174   +59

    And how is that news anyway? I don't get it.....
    vexcro likes this.
  7. Fearghast

    Fearghast TS Addict Posts: 154   +102

    I can almost hear despair of his average 8yo audience.
  8. Icechip

    Icechip TS Rookie

    Hes made millions streaming on Twitch, Twitch (amazon ) has made millions from him.

    Money is news.
    Gypsygib and NightAngel79 like this.
  9. sushi board

    sushi board TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Man... The Fortnite industry is crazy. For a game with crappy graphics it has certainly done well.
    Misagt likes this.
  10. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 299   +213

    Kids like it, it's popular with 8 to 14 year olds. They also don't have the sense to understand the waste of buying useless skins on the game, as it's just an extension of popularity in school showing off your new skins. But those kids made Epic billions last year.
  11. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 950   +453

    Doubt that. Kids that are born in wealth know how to waste money and go broke. A never ending cycle of someone earning money and then the few generations ahead it is all gone.
  12. Capsaicin

    Capsaicin TS Rookie

  13. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 607   +297

    See ya Ninja-boy! You left TwitchTV for a Microsoft platform... Genius move. Hope the money was worth it cause your streaming career just went bye-bye!
  14. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 607   +297

  15. vexcro

    vexcro TS Rookie

    He looks much older on massive pillar's graphics art. They should give him wrinkles. :)

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