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YouTube and Twitch are competing to sign Ninja

Published: 9/Jul/2020 15:49 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 9:42

by Calum Patterson

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After Mixer folded into a merger with Facebook Gaming, their headline streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins was left with no place to call home. Now, livestreaming giant Twitch is apparently competing alongside YouTube for Blevins’ signature.

Before his big-money-move to Mixer, Ninja was the number one most followed streamer on Twitch, with over 14 million. His channel is still intact, as is his follower count, but it’s not clear if he will ditch the platform once again.

On July 8, he rather unexpectedly went live on YouTube for his first stream back, but there was little fanfare. It was later reported by esports insider Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau that Ninja hadn’t yet signed any exclusive contracts.

Where will Ninja stream now?

It has now been reported by SBJ’s Adam Stern that YouTube, Twitch and Facebook Gaming are in a three-horse race to get Ninja to commit to their platforms exclusively.

The value of having Ninja on your platform can’t be understated (although it wasn’t enough alone to boost Mixer to a sustainable position). His fanbase are bound to follow him to whatever platform he lands on.

According to Stern, a deal should be reached with one of the platforms “by end of summer, per sources.”

Of course, Ninja already has a big presence on YouTube, thanks to his regular videos that he’s been posting for years. With 20 million subscribers, it’s actually his most-followed social media channel, ahead of Instagram (15m), Twitch (14m) and Twitter (6m).

However, while YouTube might be Ninja’s biggest platform, Twitch is still the home for video game livestreaming, even if YouTube Gaming has been making some big leaps forward in recent years.

One of Ninja’s frequent collaborators, Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, made the switch to YouTube in 2019, not long after the Mixer moves. So far, it’s been a successful switch for him.

The question also remains over the future of Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, who moved to Mixer a month after Ninja, and similarly is now free to explore his options on other platforms. He could opt to return to his 7.1 million followers on Twitch, or his 6.3 million YouTube subscribers.

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Dating app Bumble join Gen.G in search for all-female Valorant roster

Published: 28/Oct/2020 16:36

by Adam Fitch

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Gen.G Esports are looking to recruit an all-female team in Valorant and have brought in Bumble to help with the search.

They originally came together in 2019 to launch Team Bumble, an initiative that housed the first all-female team in Fortnite.

Expanding their partnership, Team Bumble will continue to “create and champion a safer environment for women online” in esports by recruiting a roster in Riot Games’ new FPS title.

The search for an all-women team in Valorant has already begun, with Gen.G requesting clips, ranks, and competitive experience to be sent to them via email by hopeful recruits.

GenG and Bumble take to Valorant
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Maddiesuun is assisting in the construction of the Valorant roster.

Gen.G’s partnership with Bumble is buzzing

To help with the recruitment process, Gen.G Fortnite player Madison “Maddiesuun” Man will serve as a mentor and talent scout in Valorant.

“As we discover new talent, we’re pushing towards an environment where women gamers are not treated as separate, but are given the full opportunity to scrim and develop their skills,” she said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to mentor and create with the next wave of Team Bumble pros.”

The partnership between the organization and the dating app has been well-received since its inception, so there’s little doubt that this latest move will land well with the community. As well as Maddiesuun, Team Bumble houses Tina “TINARAES” Perez, Carlee Gress, and Hannah Reyes.

“By expanding Team Bumble with an all-women Valorant team, we are laser focused on finding the best untapped female talent on the planet,” said Gen.G’s general manager Nate Stanz.

“We will be integrated into the North American scene quickly, including scrims with and against our current roster. We commit to providing the correct competitive tools for the quickest path to success for all our players.”

On October 25, Cloud9 announced that they had signed the first all-female Valorant esports roster. Named Cloud9 White, the goal is to eventually combine the organization’s two rosters made up of “the best players” regardless of gender.