The announcement was made via Ninja’s Twitter account, where he held a mock press conference to announce his permanent and exclusive move to Mixer.
At this time no details of the deal have emerged, we don’t know, for example, if there’ll be any restrictions over Blevins on Mixer, but he did reassure fans that ‘It’s the same me, just a different platform.’
Ninja grew to prominence playing H1Z1, then PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, before becoming a fixture of the burgeoning Fortnite streaming scene. During all of this, he streamed on Twitch, with his channel becoming the most followed on the Amazon-owned platform. Currently, according to Twitch Tracker, Ninja has 13,970 subscribers, with the majority of them coming from Amazon Prime. In addition, Ninja has worked closely with Twitch throughout the years, with a New Years promotion being given prominence across the platform.
This prominence has led to Ninja being able to command hefty fees for his time, for example, he reportedly was paid $1,000,000 by EA in order to promote Apex Legends just after the Battle Royale launched.
The move hasn’t gone unnoticed by Twitch, in a statement given to Polygon a Twitch representative said: ‘We’ve loved watching Ninja on Twitch over the years and are proud of all that he’s accomplished for himself and his family, and the gaming community. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.’
That said, Twitch have already removed Ninja’s verified status:
Ninja will start streaming from Lollapalooza on Mixer at Noon CST today until the 4th of August, and for a limited time only it’s free to subscribe to his channel. Ninja has already garnered 234,714 followers on Mixer at the time of writing, with this number only set to soar over the coming days.