Ninja leaves Twitch; in a stunning switch that could have far-reaching consequences for the Esports industry, gaming megastar Ninja has announced his decision to leave Twitch for Mixer. Microsoft’s platform Mixer has scored a massive success in striking this hugely profitable deal that will see Fortnite hero Tyler ‘Ninja’ Belvins leave Twitch and take his video game live streams to Mixer..
The move which was announced on Thursday will see the megastar Fortnite player Ninja leaves Twitch, the live streaming giant owned by Amazon, for Microsoft’s new platform Mixer. Ninja has earned himself millions of dollars streaming his Fortnite gameplay on Twitch and YouTube.
He has over 14 million followers on Twitch and many of his pioneering Fortnite moments have taken place there; most memorable probably the Fortnite tournament he played in March of 2018 featuring rappers Drake and Travis Scott and Pittsburgh Steeler JuJu Smith-Schuster, the event that probably propelled the streamer into the full-blown cultural phenomenon he is today.
Addressing the press, Ninja had this to say about his former streaming platform; “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities Twitch has provided me,” “But as I looked at the next step in my career, I wanted to be somewhere that empowered me to push the boundaries of gaming and achieve bigger goals within the industry. Mixer provides me with more ways to connect with my community.”
Ninja leaves Twitch and he has already announced his next stream will be taking place this Friday. His first Mixer live stream will be taking place at Lollapalooza, the four-day music festival held annually in Chicago. The event will see Ninja taking on Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, the 16 year old who recently earned himself $3 million USD for winning the inaugural Fortnite World Cup. Ninja did assure his former streaming service that he would not actively attempt to recruit other streamers to follow him to Mixer, though he did confirm his belief that Microsoft’s platform could become a legitimate competitor in the market if more gamers do follow.
“I want my friends to make their own decisions for what platforms they choose to play on.” “With that being said, I will welcome anyone with open arms who wants to join me.”
Check out the video Ninja just posted to Twitter here.