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Ninja explains why he moved from Twitch to Mixer to help other streamers

Published: 2/Dec/2019 10:07 Updated: 2/Dec/2019 10:10

by Connor Bennett

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Streaming star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins dove deeper into his reasoning behind moving from Twitch to Mixer – claiming that while it was never his plan to leave, doing so was to the benefit of everyone.

Ninja sent shockwaves across the streaming world when he announced that he was finished with Twitch and would be heading to Mixer back on August 1. There has been plenty of speculation behind his reasoning for the move, but regardless, it opened up the door for everyone else to depart their home platforms for new pastures.

Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek has ultimately joined him on Mixer, but Ninja finally opened up on starting the Twitch exodus and helping to build up the growing platform during his appearance on The True Geordie podcast. 

Twitter: NinjaNinja shocked everyone when he called time on his relationship with Twitch and headed to Mixer.

Ninja noted that prior to his move, Mixer had 5% of the total hours watched when it came to streams, meaning that he hypothetically should have had around 2,500 viewers – but he’s brought over a lot more folks.

“Let’s just look at the numbers bro, at the end of my Twitch life I was averaging like 20 to 30k viewers every single day and to literally be able to average 10,000 viewers on Mixer, it’s astounding,” Blevins said.

“It’s actually incredible, I mean, I still get people who are like ‘only 8,000, only 9,000(viewers)’ and I’m like ‘homie, do you know how great that is on this platform right now?’ and it’s still growing,” Ninja continued. “It’s exciting man and we’re really working on a lot of cool stuff to take advantage of the situation Mixer is in right now.”

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The streaming superstar revealed that he wasn’t actively looking to leave Twitch prior to his departure and was deep in negotiations as he wanted to “make it work,” but a breakdown allowed Mixer to swoop in and clean up on the deal.

While Mixer has been seen as the smaller platform, with a major drop off in numbers compared to its rival, Ninja was more aware of what the move was “going to do for a lot of other streamers and gamers.”

He stated: “Obviously the deal was great and I do love the platform, it’s incredible, but I knew – my wife and I – we went into this like we’re doing this for everyone else – and looked what happened man. We got people being re-signed to Twitch, people moving to YouTube, and now more people being signed and making deals, and that’s how it should be.”

With the precedent of moving being set by Ninja, and streamers constantly heading away from Twitch, it remains to be seen as to who the next big name departure will be.

Shroud, who followed in Ninja’s footsteps, claimed that Jack ‘Courage’ Dunlop’s move to YouTube was the sign of things “just getting started” in a wider industry shake-up, so there seems to be some big moves in the pipeline.

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G2 streamer suddenly becomes Twitch’s 10th biggest channel

Published: 29/Nov/2020 16:10

by Luke Edwards

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G2’s Fortnite streamer Heelmike has suddenly become one of Twitch’s top ten most popular streamers after his follower count rose by 4.6 million almost overnight.

Heelmike has been streaming for two years, but nobody could have predicted this rise in popularity. His history is modest: having started as a small streamer, his Twitch following more than doubled between July and October 2018, and has steadily increased throughout this year. By the end of October, he was on 341k.

In mid-November, he picked up a partnership with G2 Esports, and began streaming under the brand. While Fortnite is his main game, he’s also played titles like Fall Guys, Among Us, and Warzone.

This is far from being the first instance of a streamer gaining major overnight popularity. The day before Heelmike’s boost, small Twitch streamer ‘KlarcTheKid’ gained more than 4.4 million followers over 24 hours, briefly catapulting him into the Twitch top 20.

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Heelmike joined G2 back in November.

Streamer Heelmike enters Twitch top 10 most followed overnight

Having only reached 300k followers in October, by November 28 Heelmike was on 1.3 million followers. The day after, he was on 5 million – more than the likes of DrLupo, NickMercs, and DrDisrespect.

The reason for this? Heelmike was follower botted. He said: “I’m talking to twitch about how to get rid of it.”

Follower botting seems to be a prominent issue facing Twitch admins at the moment. KlarcTheKid’s popularity was also caused by someone targeting him with bots, and ultimately it’s disingenuous to streamers’ actual success.

Heelmike has definitely seen the light side to it, however. He said he was going to “milk the f**k out of it for the memes”, and boy has he followed through. He called out Twitch’s current number 1, Ninja, and joked he was gunning to take away his title.

He’s brought the jokes into his streaming, too, turning his channel into a bot-exclusive service. In his latest stream he said: “If you’re a human, leave please, only robots here.”

While it’s all fun and games for now, Heelmike is hoping to see the numbers corrected. He said: “At the end of the day I would like to go back to what I had. It’s cool seeing the real numbers go up with hard work.”

With Heelmike keen to work with Twitch to find a solution, don’t expect him to be in the top 10 for much longer.