KingGothalion pivots to exclusive Facebook Gaming deal after Mixer closes

Published: 23/Jun/2020 3:40

by Isaac McIntyre


Cory ‘KingGothalion’ Michael has become the first high-profile Mixer streamer to declare his allegiance following the Microsoft-owned streaming website’s confirmation of closure. He revealed he will be joining Facebook Gaming on a new exclusive deal, starting June 24.

Gothalion’s pivot to Facebook Gaming comes less than a day after Microsoft announced the Mixer streaming platform would be shut down. The Twitch rival will now transition into part of Facebook’s platform.

The platform’s biggest names included Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek, and Gothalion; all penned exclusive multi-year deals with the now-defunct platform. While the first two have not yet unveiled their next moves, Gothalion has flown his new colors already ⁠— a deep, Facebook blue.

“Ten months ago I joined the Mixer team. My hope was to create a more robust and competitive streaming market, while mentoring streamers on Mixer, helping them grow their brands, and creating a space we can all feel safe streaming in,” he said.

“My mission hasn’t changed. I’ll be joining the Facebook team.  Just like them, my doors will be open to all Mixer streamers now looking to find a new home. Starting from this Wednesday, I’ll see you on Facebook. Different address, same me.”

Gothalion may already be in the process of setting up shop at Facebook Gaming, but Ninja and Shroud have kept their next moves rather quiet. One question mark for Blevins and his future, in particular, is the feud sparked with Twitch after his huge 2019 departure.

Facebook Gaming has also confirmed the platform would not be “actively pursuing exclusive agreements” with any former Mixer stars. Vivek Sharma, who helms the social media giant’s gaming arm, said it would be “up to them, and their priorities.”

According to sources, Facebook approached the powerhouse pair to keep them on board during the switch, but were knocked back. Instead, both chose to opt-out of the transition, with full contract payments. They are currently weighing up options.

Facebook were reportedly unsuccessful in luring Ninja, and fellow Mixer star Shroud, to their gaming platform.
Twitter: Ninja
Facebook was reportedly unsuccessful in luring Ninja and fellow Mixer star Shroud to their platform.

There’s a silver lining to the major shift from Mixer to Facebook Gaming as well. Mixer kept a tight leash on their exclusive partners in terms of where they could stream. Facebook seems more relaxed about their own deals.

On April 23, Facebook streamer DisguisedToast appeared back on his Twitch channel for a Just Chatting broadcast, despite inking a deal with the social media platform in November. At the time, he confirmed his admins “had allowed it”. In fact, they even encouraged him to do it, Toast said.

Microsoft has set Mixer’s final day for July 22. Following that date, all links on the dissolving platform will redirect to Facebook’s gaming hub. All Mixer users can connect their accounts there “to make it easier” to transition next month.


LS reveals how xQc reached out to him during T1 fans backlash

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:57

by Alex Garton


Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare has revealed that Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel reached out to him during the T1 backlash offering his support and advice.

T1’s accidental leak that revealed LS was set to be the organization’s new League of Legends coach resulted in a wave of backlash against both parties.

Fans of the organization opted to send unjustifiable racial and homophobic abuse towards LS, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending packages to her address. T1, from an outside perspective, did not handle the situation appropriately and seemingly offered little support to LS during this period.

This resulted in LS disabling his Twitter and going completely dark for a short period of time. This was no doubt due to the amount of hate and criticism he was receiving from T1 fans. One person who reached to support him was huge Twitch personality xQc.

xQc has over four million followers on Twitch.

xQc reached out to LS during T1 fans backlash

LS revealed on stream that the Twitch personality reached out to him in support. “Before I disabled my Twitter and went dark on everything, xQc was one of the very few people who reached out to me,” he said.

It was obvious LS was surprised he had reached out to him due to the streamer’s popularity: “Despite the fact that I’m like an insect compared to him, in terms of like brand and size and everything, it’s very nice.”

LS repeated multiple times that xQc is a “real one”, showing his appreciation for his support and care.

It’s clear that xQc reaching out to LS really meant a lot to him and helped him get through the difficult patch. Sometimes, just reaching out to somebody going through a hard time can make a world of difference.

Now, it’s just great to see LS back on track with the League of Legends content and streaming again.