Ninja is back to gaming with a live YouTube stream on Wednesday.
The popular streamer, real name Tyler Blevins, became a free agent after Microsoft shut down Mixer. He was offered a deal to sign with Facebook Gaming, which merged with Mixer, but accepted a buyout instead. Many expected him to return to Twitch, where he still has 14.8 million followers, and that still may be on the table.
Esports reporter Rod Breslau says Ninja is still in talks with streaming platforms.
sources: Ninja is currently in negotiations with streaming platforms and no exclusive deal has yet been signed, including YouTube. today’s YouTube live stream from Ninja is all on his own. maybe he’ll stream on Twitch too.
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) July 8, 2020
Aside from Twitch, YouTube is the only other obvious streaming platform that makes sense for Ninja. He already has a strong base on YouTube with 23.8 million subscribers. But a return to Twitch makes sense, as it’s the most recognizable streaming platform, and its subscriber base is an additional way to make money. With YouTube, Ninja can only rely on donations.
Ninja’s return to streaming had many fans excited, as it brought in plenty of viewers.
In Ninja’s last week on Mixer he averaged 2-3k viewers
There are already 16k people in his Youtube live waiting room and he’s not going live for another 20 minutes.
Should be interesting https://t.co/jIWDtmP2q9
— Harris Heller (@HarrisHeller) July 8, 2020
At the start of Ninja’s stream, he had more than 130,000 viewers on YouTube.
Ninja did not address his return to gaming at the start of the stream. He simply started playing “Fortnite” with TimTheTatman, Dr Lupo and CourageJD.
Published at Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:12:16 +0000