Ewok returns to Twitch with exclusive deal after Mixer shutdown

Published: 13/Aug/2020 3:48 Updated: 13/Aug/2020 4:01

by Isaac McIntyre


Soleil ‘Ewok’ Wheeler has become the latest former Mixer star to officially return to Twitch this week, with the 14-year-old Fortnite pro inking an exclusive deal with the Amazon-owned platform after becoming a free agent on July 22.

FaZe Clan member Ewok was one of a number of high-profile Twitch streamers lured to Mixer at the height of the streaming wars between the two platforms and other rivals like YouTube and Facebook Gaming.

Wheeler, like Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, and more, was blindsided by the news Mixer would be shutting doors on July 22. She had only streamed on the Microsoft-run platform for two days shy of 36 weeks.

On August 12, the deaf streamer confirmed she would return to Twitch in mid-August. She went live a day later. In her return stream, Ewok boasted viewership highs of 30,000 and more as she streamed Fortnite, Fall Guys, and more.

The star’s decision to return to Twitch over rival platforms like YouTube or Facebook Gaming came down to the past, Ewok admitted. Her fanbase developed there ⁠— she still boasts ⁠285,000 followers — and she “loves” the Twitch community.

“I decided to return to Twitch because the platform has a vast network and I had already built a community there before switching to Mixer,” Ewok told ESPN ahead of her August 12 return stream.

“Twitch is also the best platform for me to continue building my brand,” she continued. “I also miss Twitch Rivals, and meeting people that have supported me since day one.”

The 14-year-old also admitted she doesn’t hold any bad blood for what happened with Mixer and its shock July shutdown. “Mixer is a part of my journey I will always cherish. I learned from the community there… they helped me grow.”

Ewok inked her short-lived deal with Mixer just 36 weeks ago.
Twitter: Ewok
Ewok inked her short-lived deal with Mixer just 36 weeks ago.

Ewok wasn’t the only former Mixer star to go live on Twitch on August 12 either. Shroud, who was at one stage the most followed streamer on the platform before his Mixer defection late in 2019, also celebrated his big return.

Grzesiek re-debuted on the Amazon-owned platform at 10am PT on Wednesday, and soared to 516,000 viewers nearly immediately. He also unveiled his new rebrand ⁠— and a fully-grown beard to boot ⁠— during his return stream.

Mixer’s other high-profile signing, Ninja, has yet to confirm his future streaming plans. The Fortnite star briefly went live on YouTube on July 8, and returned to Twitch for another short broadcast just over a month later.

Ninja described his current situation as “complicated” during his second stream. He jokingly added nothing had been sorted just yet, and he was “kind of in a thing, but not really. There’s obviously other people… We’ll leave it at that.”


xQc begs his Twitch fans to stop sending so many “sad” donations

Published: 20/Jan/2021 7:21

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


In a hilarious but sincere rant, xQc begged his fans to stop sending so many “sad” donation messages, particularly when they happen one after the other and even more so when they are fake.

Twitch donations are the best way for fans to pass on a message to their favorite streamers. Not all streamers have text-to-speech for donations turned on, and even they do, they don’t always hear them. However, it’s still more effective than spamming in the chat.

Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel gets bombarded with donation messages every stream. They’re often funny, but they can sometimes be sad and depressing. xQc has finally had enough of that, particularly when it’s excessive and insincere.

The Twitch star has slotted (deliberately or otherwise) into his 'bad guy' role perfectly.
Twitch: xQc
The Twitch star had a lot to say about “sad” donations during a recent stream.

“Let me talk about this once and for all,” he said. “I realize this kind of like a picky topic… but I’ll just tell you straight up, okay? The emotional [donation messages] are fine when they’re true.”

“The problem is when there’s too many of them that are stacked, it feels like… all the energy goes down,” he added.

“Sometimes it’s f**king overwhelming,” he said. “I feel bad for the people that are having tough times, legitimately, and they’re struggling. They’re trying to get under the wave of BigPog, and you just pull everybody down.”

“When there’s a couple, it’s fine,” he added. “But when it’s too stacked, I feel bad for the people that are just trying to escape. They’re getting f**ked on over and over again. It’s selfish as sh*t.”

“Those that bait it are even worse,” he said. “It’s fake, and it’s trolling, and it’s f**king stupid as sh*t. I’m tired of it, dude. That sh*t is garbage. I could have said it in a better way, but there’s no way around it. Holy sh*t, man.”

“I don’t want to shut down people from saying stuff that they’re going through,” he added. “Just be mindful not to stack it all. I don’t want this stream to become a ship of despair.”

xQc has never been one to bite his tongue, and he didn’t hold back here. However, somebody posted the clip on Reddit, and it seems like others sympathize with him.

“I feel bad for the people, but it just completely ruins the mood every time,” wrote one user, which ended up being the top comment. “I love watching XQC, but [text-to-speech] is unbearable,” wrote another.

In the end, though, there’s two sides to every story. It will be interesting to see what donors who leave these messages haveto say. Maybe they’ll understand.