Popular streamer Tyler ‘Trainwreckstv’ Niknam has explained why he was forced to turn down a massive $1.2 million streaming deal from another broadcasting company due to his agreement with Twitch.
Jumping ship from Twitch is a hot topic, with streamers like Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek making the leap to Mixer, while Jeremy ‘Disguised Toast’ Wang confirmed he was joining Facebook Gaming on November 22.
With so many platforms trying to lure creators away from Twitch, it comes as no surprise that Trainwrecks has received some major offers, including an eye-watering $1.2 million that he was forced to decline.
While streaming an episode of his Scuffed podcast on November 28, Trainwrecks, alongside guests such as Andy Milonakis, Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, and PaymoneyWubby, started discussing Twitch’s exclusivity policy when the streamer revealed the major deal he was forced to pass on.
“I got a deal from a Chinese company,” Trainwrecks revealed. “I’m not going to say who. I got a deal from another streaming platform, and they offered me $1.2 million for a year, and they said I’m allowed to stream on Twitch while I stream there, twice a week, for a year. I couldn’t do it, I’m exclusive to Twitch.”
He continued: “They literally said twice a week streams, and still stream on Twitch. I was thinking of doing no camera streams and not telling Twitch, but I can’t because they want to keep me exclusive. At the same time, they don’t want to back me, give me any deals. If they don’t want to back me, and think I’m too toxic or not brand-friendly, then take my exclusivity out.”
Unsurprisingly, many of the guests on the Scuffed podcast were stunned and telling the streamer to take the deal, but as he confirmed, his exclusivity deal with Twitch ensures he’s legally unable to enter into another agreement with a rival platform – even if it doesn’t operate in the region.
Whether the streamer will remain with Twitch once his contract expires with them remains to be seen though, and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him move like so many top streamers have done throughout 2019.