Esports superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has begun streaming on Google platform YouTube following the recent shutdown of Microsoft’s Mixer service.
In August 2019, Ninja – who is best known for playing Fortnite – announced that he would be taking his video game live streams from the Amazon-owned Twitch to Mixer on an exclusive basis in a reported multi-million dollar deal.
However, late last month technology giant Microsoft announced that Mixer was to be shut down from July 22 in order to focus on developing its partnership with Facebook Gaming. The move meant that Ninja and the rest of the gamers who had been signed to Mixer would no longer be tied to exclusivity deals.
On July 8, in something of a surprise move, Ninja livestreamed a Fortnite session on his official YouTube channel, his first-ever on the platform. According to reports, he had 150,000 peak concurrent viewers.
It is unclear whether Ninja will be featured on other streaming platforms in the coming weeks. Ninja is reportedly talks with multiple livestreaming services, including YouTube.