When is Ninja returning to streaming? - Dexerto
Entertainment

When is Ninja returning to streaming?

Published: 6/Sep/2020 13:04

by Andy Williams

Share


Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is a titan of the streaming realm, but when will he be returning to livestreaming? And will he be on Twitch, YouTube, or somewhere else?

After Facebook Gaming acquired Mixer as part of Microsoft’s attempts to shut down the streaming service, the platform’s biggest stars opted to jump ship and take their talents elsewhere.

Advertisement

While Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has inked his exclusive deal with Twitch, which saw the former Mixer star return to his streaming roots, Ninja is yet to commit to a specific platform.

While Blevins has previously streamed on YouTube on July 8 and then on Twitch on August 5, he has been almost radio silent on the streaming front ever since. So when exactly is Ninja returning to streaming?

Advertisement
Ninja in his streaming setup.
RedBull / Ninja
Aside from two livestreams, Ninja has been virtually AFK since his Mixer departure.

Ninja’s streaming return

Well, we don’t know. What we do know, however, is that the 29-year-old has been actively gaming throughout his hiatus from streaming. So it’s clear that he hasn’t fallen out of love with gaming.

It’s likely that Ninja’s camp are trying to figure out the logistics of an exclusive deal with an existing livestreaming platform. Although, given his status, it’s also plausible that Ninja could form his own exclusive platform.

While the above is entirely speculative, one thing’s for certain — Blevins wants to get back to streaming “ASAP,” as he detailed in a Tweet on September 5.

Advertisement

Where will Ninja stream?

Given that Ninja has only gone live on both YouTube and Twitch once since the Mixer shut down — albeit for only for around two hours — there is no clear front runner.

Both livestreams were likely ‘pilot’ broadcasts (which are often used as a bargaining chip during negotiations for an exclusive deal), to determine which platform would be most suitable moving forward.

Ninja built his legacy on the Amazon-owned streaming platform, but given that things were left on a somewhat sour note following his Twitch exit — whereby Blevins was “disgusted” after the platform inadvertently promoted inappropriate content on his channel page — there is no clear favorite.

Advertisement
Ninja during Mixer announcement.
Mixer / Ninja
Ninja’s Mixer deal was the first of its kind in the world of streaming.

Of course, as mentioned previously, it’s entirely possible that Ninja could up sticks and stream on his own platform. This would likely serve as a one-stop-shop for everything Ninja related (from his streaming and video content to his merchandise), but would come with its own inherent risks.

While there’s no clear-cut answer to ‘when’ or ‘where’ as of yet, diehard fans of the streamer can still keep up-to-date via his YouTube channel, where he still uploads videos from a plethora of different games.

Advertisement
Entertainment

Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

Share


Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

Advertisement

Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

Advertisement

“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

Advertisement

“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

Advertisement

Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

Advertisement

“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.