Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani is one of Twitch’s biggest names, and if he could have it his way, he’d remain there forever, telling the OfflineTV podcast that he would need a big offer to think about moving to Mixer, YouTube, Facebook, or elsewhere.
Twitch’s hold on the streaming industry has become progressively weaker over the past year. Since Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins made the jump to Mixer in 2019, plenty of other streamers have jumped platforms in search of the best possible offers.
However, one streamer fast-becoming Twitch’s biggest ally is Myth. For him, the streaming platform is the site that started it all, and the streamer has pledged his allegiance to the service — for now — on the OfflineTV podcast.
“I really like Twitch,” he said. “Twitch is like my fucking home man. I grew up in middle school watching streams every day before breakfast, before going out to school. It was like seventh, eighth grade.
“I remember watching Black Ops 2 streams, on release, like religiously. So much of me is emotionally invested into Twitch that it’d be hard to leave.”
With that kind of bond with a service, it can be awfully hard to pick up sticks and move on, especially when you have a dedicated fanbase that tunes into every single one of your broadcasts. To Myth, it’s bigger than money.
Myth’s comments come as the streaming war heats up again in 2020. Last week, Twitch made two big moves by securing Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys and ‘Dr Disrespect’ for the coming years, locking them away from their competitors.
However, as Facebook streamer Jeremy ‘Disguised Toast’ Wang mentioned, the Amazon-owned streaming service only has a finite amount of money to hand out to top streamers they want exclusivity over.
“[Twitch] only have so much money unless they want to hit up papa Bezos,” he said. “They’re going to have to decide who to keep…or [whether they can’t] match Microsoft, Google, or Facebook.”
For mobile readers, the related segment begins at 21:17.
The TSM-affiliated streamer did let loose that he has some “money moves” in mind, with the vague response only adding fuel to the flames. However, he didn’t go deep into where he could be heading.
By all accounts, given his love for Twitch, he could stay. However, if the right deal comes along, Myth might side with the money to make sure he can keep providing the same quality content for fans without burning out. Only time will tell.