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Ninja & shroud could return to Twitch as Mixer shuts down in shock move

Published: 22/Jun/2020 19:44 Updated: 26/Jun/2020 10:45

by Bill Cooney

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Microsoft has announced they will be shutting down Mixer and teaming up with Facebook to allow the community to transition to Facebook Gaming, but also Twitch if they want to.

In an announcement on June 22, Microsoft announced they had decided to “close the operations side of Mixer and help the community transition to a new platform.”

“It became clear that the time needed to grow our own livestreaming community to scale was out of measure with the vision and experiences we want to deliver to gamers now, so we’ve decided to close the operations side of Mixer and help the community transition to a new platform,” Microsoft said in the press release. “We will work to transition the Mixer community over the next few weeks. Starting on July 22, all Mixer sites and apps will redirect users to Facebook Gaming.”

PUBG (Twitter)The closing of Mixer means we could see shroud and Ninja reunited with Dr. Disrespect on Twitch once again.

Mixer creators will not be required to transfer over to Facebook Gaming if they don’t want to, which means big names like Ninja and shroud could be headed back to Twitch in the near future.

According to games journalist Richard Lewis, Facebook tried to negotiate and keep both of them (who have both received their full payments) on board, but the stars chose to opt-out of the transition.

Apparently confirming this, shroud removed the link to his Mixer page from his Twitter profile shortly after the news broke. Whether or not this means the FPS god is headed back to Twitch for sure remains unknown for now though.

Ninja might return to Twitch, but considering the apparent falling out he and the site had after he announced he was leaving for Mixer in August 2019, that might not be the most likely option for the star.

While they were allegedly aware of the news before it broke, they definitely seemed to be in the minority, as a number of streamers were actually broadcasting on the platform as the news broke and they found out.

Even though creators can transition to Facebook Gaming, Mixer closing down so suddenly is bound to hurt smaller streamers who have been trying to build their communities on the platform.

This all comes just a day after a former Mixer and Microsoft employee accused management at the streaming site of racism and even referring to streamers as “slaves”.

Stick with Dexerto for all the latest news on this developing story as it happens.

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Baby Shark set to overtake Despacito as YouTube’s most viewed video

Published: 21/Oct/2020 21:33

by Virginia Glaze

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As the net’s most popular video-sharing platform, YouTube boasts a significant amount of record-breaking releases — but one of its most-viewed videos could upend a major streak on the site that has lasted for quite some time.

Despacito — the music video for Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi’s viral song of the same name — has reigned as YouTube’s most-viewed video since 2017, becoming the first video to reach three billion views in August of that year.

Since then, it has stayed at the top of YouTube’s most-viewed videos list at seven billion views, having become somewhat of a meme and an all-around easy listening experience for speakers of any language.

However, it seems that Despacito’s reign as YouTube’s top-viewed upload could be coming to an end in the near future, as another viral sensation is quickly creeping up behind — and it goes by the name ‘Baby Shark.’

Although the Baby Shark song has been around since before YouTube was even created, it surprisingly surged to popularity in the past few years after being uploaded by South Korean YouTube channel ‘Pinkfong’ in 2016.

While the initial video for the song — also made by Pinkfong — was uploaded in 2015, the Baby Shark Dance has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, with many parents around the globe becoming all-too familiar with the tune that drives kids wild.

Baby Shark Dance currently sits at 6.9 billion YouTube views, and could be set to reach or overtake Despacito at any moment — especially after YouTube star Mr Beast pointed it out on Twitter.

Baby Shark isn’t just breaking records on YouTube; the song also made it into the Billboard Hot 100 in 2019, breaking out at number 32 thanks to a 2013 change that took online viewership of songs into account.

Considering the song’s popularity among children, it doesn’t come as too big of a surprise that it might topple Despacito’s long-standing rule on YouTube, hearkening back to an earlier time when PewDiePie fought against T-Series to gain the most subscribers for a single channel on the platform.