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Ninja reportedly turned down massive offer from Twitch to join Mixer

Published: 30/Jan/2020 18:35

by Eli Becht

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins shocked everyone when he made the choice to switch from Twitch to Mixer, and now we might have an idea of how much Amazon’s streaming platform offered to convince him to stay.

Ninja kicked off a major streaming platform war when he moved to Mixer. Following his high-profile switch that came in the form of a press conference with himself, we saw major streamers like shroud, CouRageJD, and several others make similar decisions.

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According to a new report from Kotaku, Twitch offered him $15 million over three years, but they were outpaced by both Facebook Gaming and Mixer.

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Ninja is with Mixer after spending his entire career on Twitch.

“Twitch’s offer to keep Blevins, sources said, topped out at around $15 million per year for three years,” says the Kotaku report. “Mixer and Facebook offered him more, with Mixer upping the ante to something in the neighborhood of $20 million per year.”

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The report claims that Twitch believed Ninja had maxed out his “earned media” for the platform, meaning they had already gotten as much free publicity as they could get out of him. This ended up being a major factor in how much the company was willing to offer him.

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Shroud and Ninja are reportedly receiving massive deals from Mixer.

While Twitch had already become a household name, Mixer wasn’t exactly there yet and could benefit a lot by signing the Fortnite superstar.

It lags far behind in hours watched when compared to Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and even Facebook Gaming, but it is looked at as a major player in the streaming landscape.

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Mixer is in last place when it comes to hours watched.

Signing two star streamers hasn’t had much of an impact in terms of bringing extra eyes to other Mixer streamers, but it’s gone a long way in giving some credibility to the Microsoft-owned platform.

Another way it can benefit from Ninja is by taking advantage of his roots in the Halo series. Before he skyrocketed to fame with Fortnite in 2017, he was a professional Halo player.

Microsoft will be launching a new console and Halo: Infinite later in the year, so the signing came at a great time. The company will likely use him to promote Halo, as they already did with Gears 5 when that launched.

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The same Kotaku report claims a portion of money from the reported deal came from Microsoft’s Xbox division, which was “a much more sizable amount than any Mixer had negotiated with a streamer before.”

It’s clear Microsoft will be interested in stirring up some extra interest for their first-party titles with Ninja, and while it’s too early to know if that’s actually going to make a major difference, they are definitely it in for the long haul.

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FaZe Clan Among Us In-Vent-Ational crowns surprise winner: final results

Published: 20/Oct/2020 6:24 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 10:25

by Jacob Hale

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FaZe Clan hosted its very own invitational Among Us tournament — smartly dubbed the “Among Us In-vent-ational” — in October, with top content creators, streamers and more getting in on the action.

Among Us has become the game of choice for many top creators, with a party-game atmosphere and a great way to find out who your real friends are and test your own poker face.

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The announcement for the tournament was made on October 14, with the esports organization confirming it would take place on Monday, October 19.

Now in the rearview mirror with the best Among Us players having been crowned, we’ve compiled everything you need to know. From the final placements, who competed, and how you can rewatch all the action.

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In-Vent-Ational recap

Four separate lobbies filled to the brim with popular personalities battled it out during the event. Eventually, the best of the best moved on to the final showdown. This was where the most elite Among Us players showed their skills to the world. From extraordinary memory to map knowledge and of course, the ability to deceive everyone else, it all came in handy.

The likes of Ludwig, Classify, and Yassuo all made it through to the final round of action in the FaZe event. However, only one player could come away with the crown.

After a few maps of intense murder-sprees and subsequent investigations, it was up and coming Twitch streamer ‘Yetiapocalypse’ that closed out the victory. They soared to the top of the pack with a six-point lead over second place, well ahead of some of the bigger internet celebs in the lobby. The final placements can be found below.

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In-Vent-Ational final results (Top 10)

Place Player Points
1 Yetiapocalypse 52
2 Suppp 46
3 Punz 41
4 Classify 37
5 Easyrod 35
6 Yassuo 35
7 Jakenbakelive 35
8 Trainwreckstv 34
9 Deansocool 32
10 Ludwig 23

Start date & schedule

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FaZe Clan capitalized on the growing popularity of Among Us.

The tournament took place entirely on Monday, October 19, with the action having kicked off at 2pm PT (11am ET / 7pm BST). It lasted for roughly the full afternoon as each lobby battled it out for a few hours.

As each round went by, point totals were calculated before moving into the next map. This paved the way for unique strategies as players looked to knock out others at the top.

Streams

All of the individual participants themselves were streaming off of their own channels, and there was also an official broadcast that you can catch up on below.

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The official FaZe Clan Twitch channel hosted the event throughout the day. We’ve embedded the stream below so that you can rewatch the full VOD.

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Who was playing?

After FaZe’s full reveal of all the players joining the tournament, it was clear the lobbies would be stacked. Your typical FaZe personalities were all getting involved, from Apex to Adapt and plenty more. Though a number of outsiders were also among the action, pun intended.

Below are all of the streamers, stars, and personalities that participated in FaZe’s Among Us In-vent-tational broken up into four different lobbies:

Lobby 1

  • CouRageJD
  • Bella Poarch
  • Adept
  • Bronny James
  • ChrisO2
  • Adapt
  • FaZe Apex
  • FaZe Blaze
  • FaZe Cizzorz
  • FaZe H1ghSky1

FaZe Among Us group 1

Lobby 2

  • Andrea Botez
  • FaZe Nate Hill
  • GeorgeNotFound
  • ItsSlikeR
  • jakenbakeLIVE
  • Jellypeanut
  • Karl Jacobs
  • LazarBeam
  • Ludwig
  • mrfreshasian

FaZe Inventational Lobby 2

Lobby 3

  • Muselk
  • m0xyy
  • Nick Eh 30
  • Punz
  • Sweet Anita
  • SypherPK
  • Tarik Cohen
  • Tee Grizzley
  • Trainwrecks
  • xQc

FaZe Among Us group 3 tournament

Lobby 4

  • Deansocool
  • EasyRod
  • Masterfiend
  • Wolfabelle
  • Yeti
  • 100T Avalanche
  • 100T Classify
  • 100T Froste
  • 4Connor
  • 5uppp

FaZe Among Us tournament group 4

With one of the biggest Among Us events so far now behind us, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any future invitational events coming soon.