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Ninja streams on YouTube for first time since Mixer shutdown

Published: 8/Jul/2020 18:05 Updated: 8/Jul/2020 18:54

by Alan Bernal

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has announced his first YouTube stream, following Mixer’s merger with Facebook Gaming and shut down of the platform.

The surprise announcement has every content creator on the Microsoft site shuffling to either plan their transition to Facebook Gaming or to a competing service like Twitch, YouTube Live, DLive, Trovo, and more.

The biggest streamers on the platform, namely Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Ninja, have reportedly been able to remove themselves from the Facebook Gaming transition and are looking for other options to take their streams.

In light of the news, Ninja said that he would be taking his fans into consideration before making a decision for the next chapter of his lucrative streaming career, and now it seems his mind is made up.

Out of nowhere on July 8, Ninja set out a simple tweet revealing he was going live to stream on YouTube with TimtheTatman, the first official confirmation that Google’s video-sharing site could be his new home for livestreams.

Shortly after Mixer shut down there was a bit of speculation that Ninja could be headed to YouTube instead of Twitch, thanks to a brief test stream that he accidentally tweeted out.

As of yet, there’s no word whether or not Ninja received any kind of signing bonus for taking his talents to YT, but as one of the world’s most popular streamers and considering the fat stacks of cash he received from Mixer, it wouldn’t be that big of a surprise.

He turned down a contract offer to stream on Facebook that would yield “almost double” the amount he got from Mixer, according to esports insider Rob ‘Slasher’ Breslau. Ninja was reportedly making around $30 million from his contract with Microsoft-led company.

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In the chaos that ensued from the Mixer shutdown, people speculated that Ninja would probably be making his long-awaited return to Twitch. The Fortnite streamer would routinely have around 37,000 viewers per broadcast on Twitch compared to a mere 8.5 thousand on Mixer, according to TwitchTracker.

How many viewers he’ll pull in on average for YouTube remains to be seen, but his first stream will have added interest.

With the news of Mixer closing its domain, Ninja will look to get back to the high-view count streams that he had on Twitch, except on a whole new platform, yet again.

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Jeffree Star reveals “aggressive mental abuse” from Shane Dawson scandal

Published: 2/Dec/2020 23:47

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTuber and makeup mogul Jeffree Star has finally opened up about the drama from this past summer, which kicked off after critics accused he and fellow influencer Shane Dawson of attempting to sabotage beauty guru James Charles.

Jeffree Star is a huge name in the influencer world. Starting out as a MySpace icon and music artist, Star later migrated to YouTube, where he cultivated a massive community of fans and even kicked off his own makeup brand.

Now, Jeffree Star Cosmetics is a company held in high regard among makeup circles, but recent drama has placed a shadow over the brand’s owner.

In summer 2020, controversy sparked regarding Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star after rumors began circulating online that the two had orchestrated the canceling of James Charles in May 2019.

This speculation heightened after Tati Westbrook — a beauty YouTuber behind the “Bye Sister” video of viral fame — accused Star and Dawson of feeding her “poisonous lies” about Charles, which had purportedly led her to create the 2019 video.

The entire scandal was also wrapped up in multiple additional controversies surrounding both Star and Dawson, which even saw the involvement of Jada Pinkett Smith amid the outrage.

However, the summer has come and gone, and Star has now opened up about what it was like being at the center of intense internet vitriol.

Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star hold up an eyeshadow palette.
YouTube: Jeffree Star
YouTubers Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star came under scrutiny in late June after makeup mogul Tati Westbrook accused them of orchestrating the 2019 drama around James Charles.

“When everything happened this summer, it was just all so… it was just a lot,” Star explained during an episode of the ‘The Sip’ podcast with Dawson’s fiancé, Ryland Adams. “It was so mentally draining and crazy. It was traumatic.”

“I had never experienced that before,” he continued, revealing that he’d even been told to end his own life by critics. “To continuously hear that over and over and over… it was so crazy. The new normal became aggressive mental abuse. But I’m not trying to say that for sympathy.”

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Star’s statement on the drama has been met with mixed reviews, with some feeling that he is “refusing to take accountability,” while others show sympathy toward the YouTuber in wake of the overwhelming negative reactions he received.

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