Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced on his Twitter, in early August 2019, that he would be leaving Twitch TV. He migrated to broadcast his lives exclusively on Mixer, Microsoft’s streaming platform. The influencer and pro player is the biggest streamer in the world and a reference in Fortnite. Ninja’s first live video on Mixer took place on August 2, 2019 direct from the Lollapalooza music festival in the United States. Ninja became known for having more than 14 million Twitch subscribers and owning audience records on the site. Like his broadcast with singer Drake, which reached more than 600,000 simultaneous viewers.
Ninja started to be successful on Twitch between 2017 and 2018 with live streams about the Fortnite and H1Z1 games. These two titles are in the Battle Royale genre. The influencer was the biggest name on the platform and responsible for the largest audiences on the site. His last appearances on Twitch were transmissions from the Fortnite World Cup 2019. It is the biggest tournament in the game, which took place last weekend in the United States.
In October, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, streamer and former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player, announced his departure from Twitch and going to the Mixer. Shroud followed in Ninja’s footsteps. With the departure for the Mixer, Shroud had his verified seal removed and his partner status revoked on Twitch. To receive the streamer, the Microsoft platform announced the same promotion as when Ninja entered the site.
Contract Terminated in the Mixer
After his contract with the Mixer expired in June, the streamer Ninja made his first broadcast on YouTube. According to the consultant Rod Breslau, the live was an initiative of the star himself, which followed without exclusivity with any platform.
At that time, it was unclear whether Ninja would sign an exclusive contract with YouTube. According to eSports expert Rod Breslau, the streamer was “in talks with streaming platforms and no exclusive deals had been signed, including on YouTube”.
Return to Twitch
Ninja is back on Twitch. The most famous streamer of games, Tyler Blevins returned to make lives on the social network of Amazon. Almost a year after signing a millionaire contract with Microsoft to be the poster boy for the Mixer. He even made broadcasts on YouTube as mentioned above, but this is the first time he’s been back on Twitch since.
Last year, Ninja received a hefty sum of at least $ 20 million to leave his channel on Twitch and take the audience to the Mixer. However, on June 23 this year, Microsoft announced the end of the service and released Ninja to re-broadcast again independently.
After the return debut, Ninja collected a total of about 100 thousand spectators during the broadcast of Call of Duty: Warzone. The broadcast was attended by Lupo, with a peak of 60,000 simultaneously. When he left Twitch, Ninja had about 14 million followers on the platform. It is also said that the stream did not take place due to some agreement. Both Ninja and Shroud, another big name that left Twitch for Mixer, are still negotiating with different platforms.
On his official Twitter account, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek confirms his return to the Twitch streaming platform. In a video of just over a minute, showing clips of old lives, the streamer said, “He’s going home”. Shroud had traded Twitch for Mixer in late October 2019, in an exclusive deal. However, the platform announced its end in June.
Prior to the official announcement, Shroud had posted a series of gifs on his Twitter. Fans even speculated that the streamer was investing in Valorant’s professional career. With the return of lives to his old Twitch channel, Shroud also unveiled a new logo on the ad video.
— Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) August 11, 2020
In November, Shroud pinned Twitch saying that in Mixer he was free to do whatever he wanted in his streams. “It’s been great! No complaints! My favorite part of being here [Mixer] is that I can play whatever I want, and not feel so pressured to play the game that everyone wants me to play.”
In addition to the new look for the channel, the former professional CS: GO player also announced the date for his first live: this Wednesday, August 12th.
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