Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has moved to YouTube following the sad demise of Microsoft’s streaming platform, Mixer. The news was surprise-announced across Ninja’s social media pages yesterday (July 8),where the Fortnite pro simply dropped a link to his first YouTube stream post-Mixer.
Of course, the star chose Fortnite for his big debut, which was livestreamed with fellow pro gamers, TimTheTatMan, Courage and Dr. Lupo – a very impressive line-up. At the time of writing, the stream is close to three million views – a huge figure to see in less than 24 hours.
Ninja has been using his YouTube channel for a few years nows, but it’s never been the focus of the Ninja brand. Still, the channel has over 30 million subscribers – a figure which is surely set to increase now that YouTube is looking like his main home.
So what do Ninja’s fans think about his decision to pick YouTube as his next big platform? Well, looking at the Likes to Dislikes ratio on the stream, there’s over 200,000 people who enjoyed the video with a mere 6.8k dislikes. Says it all really, doesn’t it?
In case you missed it, Microsoft announced that from July 22, Mixer would not longer be in service, with its various apps and sites leading to you Facebook Gaming from that date.
Mixer’s top streamers, Shroud and Ninja, were freed from their Mixer contracts, leaving Twitch or Facebook Gaming as the likely choices for their following. However, it appears as though Ninja has taken the PewDiePie approach and opted for YouTube.
Following the surprise announcement of Mixer’s end, thousands of streamers were left confused and upset about their next plans. It’s been a tough time for those who loved using Mixer’s platform, with lots of people deciding to migrate themselves – and their communities – over to Twitch.
Good to luck to all the streamers who have moved house!
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