After Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek moved from Twitch to Mixer, the streaming world was rife with discussion over whether they had made the right choice – and now 100 Thieves founder Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has had his say on the matter.
Ninja was the first major streamer to make the move, switching to Microsoft’s Twitch competitor, and opinions were flurried about left, right and center on whether or not this would work out for him.
Shroud soon followed and Mixer had officially taken two of Twitch’s biggest stars, and since then they’ve faced lower viewership figures and a smaller community – but Nadeshot doesn’t think that is all bad.
In an episode of The CouRage and Nadeshot Show with guest Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo, Nadeshot posed a question to CouRage and Lupo, asking whether they think Ninja and Shroud made the right move.
They discussed decreased viewership, the lack of integration of things such as Valorant drops, which were only enabled for Twitch streamers, and Nadeshot’s time on MLG.tv, before Nade revealed that he actually thinks that despite everything, the Mixer streamers made the right decision.
“There’s nothing worse than when you’re on the other side of the fence when everybody is having so much fun, with 100,000 viewers and the same exposure you once had,” he said. “What I would say to [them] is: the money is worth it. The money they’re making now is generational wealth. They’re going to be able to take care of their kids, their kids’ kids, just for making this sacrifice.”
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He said that he understands their feelings due to his time on MLG.tv, saying that it can “feel like a prison,” but clearly believes they’ve made a great decision when it comes to being able to provide for their families for generations to come.
Similarly, CouRage explains that although he sometimes feels a bit left out since his move to YouTube, he is anticipating that he’ll one day be able to provide exclusive drops on there and see his viewership go soaring, essentially suggesting that he believes the platform will go bigger and better in the future.
Regardless of what you think about Ninja and Shroud’s moves to Mixer, there’s no doubt they each made a decent amount of cash from it, and Nade’s right when he says that they’re going to benefit for years to come.