Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins shocked the streaming community last week when he revealed that he was leaving Twitch for Microsoft's Mixer.
But why did Ninja leave for Mixer after building up such a loyal army of Twitch fans? Rival PewDiePie claimed 'lots of money was involved', but whether that's true or not, it was a huge move.
And one that paid of for both.
The 28-year-old Fortnite streamer's decision was so influential that Mixer knocked YouTube off the top of the download charts. If you aren't a fan of watching grown men playing computers games, then you may never have heard of him, so here's everything you need to know.
Who is Ninja?
Ninja is one of the richest streamers, YouTubers and e-sports players out there. He grew up in Grayslake, Illinois and started his streaming career in 2011. He started playing H1Z1 before switching to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds when it entered early access. He then began to start streaming Fortnite regularly which is when his viewer count began to skyrocket. He now has over 14 million followers on Twitch, and has streamed alongside celebrities like Drake and Travis Scott. Ninja also has sponsorship deals with Red Bull and Uber Eats, and often appears on Instagram and Twitter with football players like Neymar Jr and Harry Kane.
What's Ninja's net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ninja is worth $15million at the time of writing. This is mainly due to the huge offer he received from Microsoft to stream using their Mixer platform. It's also reported that he makes around $500,000 a month from YouTube alone.
Ninja's move to Mixer
Ninja, real name Tyler Blevins, announced that he was jumping to Mixer on social media, telling fans: "I know this may come as a shock to you but, as of today, I will be streaming exclusively on Mixer. I know. It's exciting."
He was asked if the move would have an impact on how he games - Ninja responded: "It really won't. It's the same me, just a different platform.
"I feel like this is a really good chance to get back in touch with my roots, and really remember why I fell in love with streaming in the first place."
Just five hours after he announced the move, he tweeted to say: "Over 100k subscribers have been redeemed so far on Mixer."
He has since gained more than 250,000, an eye-watering number that has likely been boosted by the fact Mixer is offering free subscriptions to Ninja. His move to the new platform saw it soar to the top of the App Store, passing YouTube and Gmail as the most downloaded app yesterday.
Who is Ninja's wife?
Ninja is currently married to 26-year-old Jessica Belvins, who is also Ninja's manager. She has big plans for the streamer and told Business Insider: "We want him as a household name, so we're trying to move him from just gaming to everywhere."
Other Ninja News
On New Year's Eve 2018, Ninja tried to get one million people to 'floss' in Times Square, which resulted in one of the most cringeworthy videos on the internet. If you think you can stomach it, give it a watch.
Whether the streamer's move to Mixer will be a success or not remains to be seen, but it's looking good for his bank account so far.
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