Mixer Shuts Down, Shroud and Ninja Become Free Agents

Mixer Shuts Down, Shroud and Ninja Become Free Agents

Mixer Shuts Down, Shroud and Ninja Become Free Agents

Microsoft have announced that their live-streaming platform Mixer will cease working on July 22nd. The company has partnered up with Facebook Gaming, allowing the viewers to connect their Mixer and Facebook accounts to carry over their followed channels. Besides that, their contracted streamers were offered to transition to the new platform on similar conditions.

However, the two most popular Mixer streamers Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and Michael "shroud" Grzesiek apparently decided to not move to Facebook. According to the esports insider Rod "Slasher" Breslau, Facebook offered them to transition to their platform for an amount of money which is almost twice as big as their original Mixer contracts. However, the streamers refused the offer, which forced Mixer to buy them out. According to the insider, Ninja received almost $30M, while Shroud made about $10M.

Ninja left Twitch in July 2019, being the most popular streamer on the platform – at that time he averaged at ~39,000 viewers, with an all-time peak of 617,000 viewers. Shroud made the transition to Mixer in November 2019, having ~24,000 average viewers and a peak of 203,000. It was reported that both of them signed 2-years-contracts.