Tyler ”Ninja” Blevins, one of the most popular names on the battle royale genre, is leaving streaming platform Twitch. The Fortnite star has announced that he will be joining Mixer, which is another streaming platform that is trying to catch up to Twitch and YouTube.
Ninja announced the news through a tweet, with him calling the move as the next chapter. Mixer, which officially launched in early 2016, focuses on gaming, including playthroughs and live streams.
The streaming service originally launched with the name Beam. Just a few months after its official launch, Microsoft acquired the streaming service. In May 2017, the streaming service was renamed to Mixer. Reports say the name was changed since it could not be used around the world. The rebranding also came with the introduction of new features to the service, including the ability to co-host up to three other streams.
The agreement with Ninja is a major win for the streaming service, which is trying to catch up to the popularity of giants such as Twitch and YouTube. Ninja is one of the most popular streamers, especially when it comes to battle royale game Fortnite. The famous streamer has appeared in many events having to do with the game.
Ninja later released a video saying that he had been holding on to this for quite some time and that he was super excited to let everyone know. In the video, he confirms that he will be streaming on Mixer full-time. He also says that his streams will be the exact same.
Ninja is among the most popular streamers on Twitch, where he is often watched by thousands. The famous streamer has been with Twitch for the majority of his Fortnite career.
The Verge spoke to Twitch about the move and they released a statement saying they have loved watching Ninja over the years and are proud of all that he has accomplished for him and his family. The statement ends with the platform wishing the best of luck in his future endeavors.
Ninja was seen during the Fortnite World Cup Finals, where he competed in two different matches. He was also a commentator for part of the tournament, which was one of the largest in esports history with a prize pool of $30 million.
The announcement also comes as Fortnite is debuting Season 10 of its battle royale mode. The season brings a new Battle Pass as well as numerous changes to the map and weapons. Several weapons and vehicles have been vaulted while Dusty Depot, a popular location in the earlier seasons, has returned to the map.