Ninja's Next Streaming Platform May Have Leaked In Deleted Test Stream
Tyler "Ninja" Blevins may have just accidentally revealed where he intends to take his streaming and pro gaming talents next... which is ironic for a guy who named himself after a group famed for their stealth.
A recently discovered - and hastily deleted - YouTube test stream suggests that the hugely popular streamer may have found his new home on the classic video sharing platform. Blevins had made the move from Twitch to the Microsoft-owned Mixer last year, but Mixer's shutdown means he's been released from his exclusive contract and can now go where he wants.
"I love my community and what we built together on Mixer," Blevins wrote on Twitter in response to the Mixer announcement "I have some decisions to make and will be thinking about you all as I make them."
Many speculated that Blevins would head back to Twitch, having received a hefty payout from Mixer's demise. However, the now-deleted test stream spotted by Hypex on Twitter (via PC Gamer) very much suggests that YouTube is the streamer's new home.
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Jessica Blevins, Ninja's wife and manager, also took to Twitter earlier to tease that that this week "will be fun". It very much sounds like some kind of announcement in regards to Ninja's future is on the horizon, then.
The signs seem to point towards YouTube though, don't they? Whether or not this would be another exclusive deal remains to be seen, but given Blevins' popularity, I'd be surprised if the Google-owned video streaming service didn't want to lock him down.
While Blevins moves on to pastures news, Mixer will officially cease operations on July 22nd. On this date, Mixer's website and app will immediately redirect users to Facebook Gaming as part of a new partnership between the social media giant and Microsoft. All streamers in the Mixer Partner Program will be able to continue with Facebook as partners, if they want to.
Facebook added in a statement that it's "proud to invite everyone in the Mixer community to Facebook Gaming," and that the company will work with streamers who want to make the transition to the new platform to ensure the switch is as smooth as possible.
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