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Summit1g utterly mind-blown at how fast Ninja took over Twitch

Published: 2/Feb/2020 12:40

by Joe Craven

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Twitch powerhouse Jaryd ‘summit1g’ Lazar was left stunned at the rate Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins took over Twitch, as he commentated over a graph while live on February 1. 

Summit1g has long been one of the biggest content creators on Twitch, largely as a result of his versatility and willingness to play whatever games his viewers want to see. 

He brings skillful gameplay to every title he plays, as well as the trademark personality and laughs that led us to crown him as our streamer of the decade. Despite this, a few streamers have managed to out-do Lazar; at least when it comes to followers they amassed on Twitch.

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Ninja announced the move to Mixer back in the summer of 2019.

As Fortnite Battle Royale exploded in popularity, so too did the game’s leading content creators. At the head of this list is, of course, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins. The ex-Halo pro amassed over 14 million followers before he transitioned over to Microsoft’s Mixer. 

What is most remarkable about Blevins’ Twitch achievements though, is the speed at which he acquired his monumental following. This became clear when looking at a live graph, which displayed the most followed Twitch channels from 2014 to 2019. 

The early years are dominated by summit himself, Syndicate and Riot Games. When 2018 starts, however, Ninja flies in out of nowhere to lead comfortably. “Look at Ninja!” Lazar shouted. “Oh my god!”

Over the first few months of 2018, Blevins flew past summit, who was sat at nearly 3 million followers. 

“Oh my god!” exclaimed Lazar. “That’s so gross. Dude for years – I don’t think you understand – for years we were all chilling. Then for one year Ninja’s just like ‘brahhh’, smoking through everybody!” 

Not only did Ninja go on to amass over double the followers of the next-most followed channel, he also broke records in terms of the most subscribed to channel and the most concurrent viewers on an individual’s stream. 

Summit then also witnessed the rise of Myth, and the impressive race for second he battled with shroud. Tfue’s rise also overtook summit and others.

Despite his success on Twitch, Ninja moved to Mixer in August of 2019, as part of an exclusivity deal. The deal is rumored to have made Blevins up to $30 million

It’s fair to say summit has seen it all on Twitch, but was still stunned at how fast Ninja brought in millions and millions of viewers. 

While Blevins has not experienced the same viewership so far on Mixer, it’s fair to say he conquered Twitch prior to his switch. 

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Asmongold slams Twitch for adding new “intrusive” mid-stream ads”

Published: 1/Nov/2020 1:06

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Twitch has added new mid-stream ads in recent weeks, and popular streamer Asmongold is not happy about it, calling them “intrusive” and “disappointing.”

In the past month, threads have been popping up left, right, and center claiming that Twitch has added mid-stream ads. It started as an experimental feature in which an automated mid-roll of ads would happen to randomly selected viewers.

However, it seems to have become the norm now, and it’s gotten streamers as well as viewers concerned. Asmongold learned about them for the first time in his latest stream, and he was less than impressed.

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Asmongold is one of the most popular World of Warcraft streamers in the world.

It all started when he watched his own stream from the perspective of a viewer and noticed there were ads running that he didn’t set.

“Commercial break in progress?” he said in disbelief, repeating the phrase for good measure. He was also surprised to discover that he was in the top 30 channels who run ads per day. 

“For the past two months, Asmongold is in the top 30 channels that run ads,” he added. Still, it paled in comparison to the number of daily ads on Hasan ‘Hasanabi’ Piker stream, which was more than double of the person in second place.

This prompted him to go down a rabbit hole, hopping from thread to thread. Once he got up to speed, he said he was “very frustrated” with the issue. However, he couldn’t stream on YouTube to protest “even if he wanted to” due to contractual obligations.

That didn’t stop him from sharing his thoughts though. “If Twitch wants to force ads, I think that we should say, okay, Twitch you are going to force ads. You have to force ads. Fine. Let’s talk about a way to do it that is not intrusive to the viewer,” he said.

“The viewer is why this website succeeds. The viewer is why this website grows.” It’s a sentiment that the thousands upon thousands of viewers in his chat appreciated. 

“The moment that you stop taking into consideration the actual consumer of the product and you do things to make money off of them without providing a value, that is whenever your company and your product begins to fail,” he added.

Later on, he still couldn’t shake it off. Ultimately, he decided to contact Twitch support and drafted up an impassioned Tweet with a little help from his viewers.

“Hey @TwitchSupport some of my viewers have been getting SPAMMED with ads that I didn’t run and that happen as midrolls and not prerolls,” he wrote. “Some have said they have gotten over 20 ads in less than 3 hours. Is this intended and what can I do to make it stop?”

Asmongold’s post has already gained nearly 7,000 likes, and it seems like he’s become a voice for the people on the matter.

He said he doesn’t know whether it’s intended or not. But either way, he hopes it will at least force an explanation.

Twitch has not commented on the issue yet, at least not publicly. However, it’s fair to say that streamers and viewers alike will be eagerly awaiting their response.