Tyler “Ninja” Blevins becomes a freelancer and takes home millions after Microsoft shuts down Mixer.
For the past decade, gaming has not only been a hobby but has transformed into a career with gaming tournaments for money and with streaming services. On June 6th 2011 Justin Kan created the popular streaming service we know today as Twitch. After a few years of the streaming site growing it was later purchased by Amazon in August of 2014 for $970 million dollars. After this purchase the streaming service started picking up more and more traction. Everyone wanted to start streaming and as of 2017 there are 2.2 million streamers monthly and 15 million daily active users.
But one streamer stood out among the rest Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Ninja started his career a few years before the release of twitch back in 2009 where Ninja played his first Halo 3 competitive event. This provided small recognition and started to slightly pick up 2 years later when he entered competitions for Halo Reach that spanned all across the United States. After that Ninja began to play many battle royal games such as h1z1 and PUBG, even winning the “PUBG Gamescom Invitational Squads classification” in 2017. This is when Ninja was starting to become a household name. Not long after, Epic Games released the battle royal game: Fortnite, and for the next few years Ninja would be the most viewed channel on Twitch.
On August 1st, 2019 Ninja announced his transition from streaming service “Twitch” to Microsoft’s own streaming service: “Mixer”. Tyler felt that this was a big step in his career and wanted to give back to Microsoft for helping start his career. He was offered $30 million to stream exclusively on Mixer for 3 years, but unfortunately the life of Mixer was to be short lived.
On June 22nd Microsoft announced that due to the inability to “grow their live stream community to the scale they expected” they will be shutting down Mixer and partnering with Facebook Gaming to give Mixer streamers the option to spread to a new platform to work on. Because Mixer is shutting down Ninja has the option to return back to twitch or to transition along with other streamers to Facebook Gaming.
As stated previously, Ninja was given $30 million dollars over the course of 3 years to stream on Mixer, because Mixer is shutting down they had no other option but to pay the $30 million dollars upfront. This makes Ninja the highest paid streamer of the year.
Ninja has not stated if he will transition to Facebook Gaming or Twitch, so we can only wait for the official announcement.
By Jayden “Jay Crayz” Campbell 6/25/2020