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Ninja responds to claims that he only moved to Mixer for money

Published: 10/Aug/2019 10:18 Updated: 30/Jan/2020 17:52

by Daniel Cleary

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Popular streamer and Fortnite star, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, responded to claims that his surprise move from Twitch to Mixer on August 1 was incentivized by money.

Ninja, who was the largest streamer on Twitch in terms of raw follower numbers at the time of his announcement, revealed that he would be switching to Microsoft’s live streaming platform, Mixer, on August 1 after his long career on Twitch.

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As the biggest streamer on Twitch at the time, Ninja’s move to Mixer caught many fans by surprise with many believing a big pay day from the Microsoft-owned platform was the primary motivation.

Ninja / MixerNinja revealed that he would be exclusively streaming on Microsoft’s streaming platform, Mixer on August 1.

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On August 10, Ninja watched a short fan-made animated video, highlighting some of his biggest moments and achievements on Twitch, such as the livestream with Drake and being the first and only streamer to hit the 10 million follower mark on the platform.

The video ended with a Mixer logo pouring out money for the animated Fortnite streamer who looked thrilled by seeing the cash raining down, suggesting that financial gain was one of the main reasons for Ninja’s switch.

However, after laughing at video, Ninja quickly shut down the claim that his move to Mixer was primarily incentivized by money as many fans had believed: “I can’t even give you guys specifics but trust me, money was not the incentive, that I can tell you.”

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The Fortnite star also claims to be willing to lose viewers during his transition to Mixer, with Ninja’s wife and manager, Jessica Blevins, claiming the move aligns with what they wanted for his brand regardless of how much support they received.

Ninja seems to be enjoying his first few days streaming on Mixer, even claiming that this new chapter has him feeling like a kid again and has already begun to build up smaller streamers on Microsoft’s platform with some incredibly heartwarming hosts.

Although many were initially questioning the streamer’s move to Mixer, he has now managed to hit over 1 million subscribers on the new platform in less than a week after making his big announcement.

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Barstool owner Dave Portnoy reveals they’re 99.9% leaving SiriusXM

Published: 7/Oct/2020 20:10 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 20:12

by Michael Gwilliam

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Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy has appeared to confirm that the popular website’s SiriusXM channel will be moving on satellite radio, claiming he was “99%” sure they were leaving.

The satirical sports website announced its SiriusXM channel back in November of 2017 and launched a few months later in January 2018.

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Now, however, it seems like the deal is done and so is Barstool.

Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports’ founder took to Twitter to announce that it was looking extremely unlikely that the channel would continue on SiriusXM.

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“I’d say we’re 99.9% out of Sirius,” he revealed. “We aren’t in same stratosphere in terms of negotiations.”

“We will just move on to new platforms as always. Our crowd will follow as always,” the Barstool founder added.

It’s unclear exactly where they will move to and Portnoy, who has grown increasingly famous over the years in part to his viral pizza reviews, offered no clues.

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Dave Portnoy’s pizza reviews have gone viral.

One possible destination spot could very well be Spotify, which shocked the industry by signing Joe Rogan and his podcast to an exclusive deal.

While Portnoy didn’t elaborate on the type of deal he would like, it sounds like he’s being severely low-balled by the satellite radio company, hence his aggressive-sounding tweet.

This news comes as Bloomberg has reported that Howard Stern is nearing a massive $120M a year deal – a step above from his previous deals at $80 and $100 million a year.

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If those reports are right, it’s a sign that Sirius XM is willing to pay some serious cash, but apparently not when it comes to keeping Barstool within its network.

“See this is why I can’t work for peanuts,” Portnoy said in response to the Stern report. “I’m not Stern. But I’m not nobody either.”

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We’ll just have to see what the future holds for both SiriusXM and Barstool, and if a deal can be salvaged.