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  • Sep 23, 2020 Ninja & Shroud Made Millions from Mixer – Then Jumped a Sinking Ship Ninja and shroud must be smiling right now as they land full payment for their Mixer deals and are free to negotiate with other platforms.
  • Oct 21, 2020 Shroud announced back in October that he would be leaving Twitch to stream exclusively on Mixer, news that came just a few months after Ninja revealed that he would be doing the same.

For top streamers Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins and Michael 'Shroud' Grzesiek, the loss actually introduced a massive gain. The two both left Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) Twitch last year and shook up the.

In an announcement that rocked the streaming world, Microsoft revealed that it is shutting down the Mixer streaming platform and partnering with Facebook Gaming. For most Mixer streamers, this was a shocking announcement and will presumably see a lot of change within their communities. More importantly, Mixer streamers are not simply becoming Facebook Gaming streamers.

When the news was announced, many familiar with Mixer were curious about what the developments meant for Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek. Both left Twitch as some of the top streamers on the platform, and the hope was that they would help Mixer grow. Of course, their transition also included very lucrative contracts, which were bought out as part of the Mixer shutdown.

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Neither Ninja nor Shroud has announced what their plans are moving forward, but it does not seem that Facebook Gaming figures into those decisions. According to several reports, Ninja and Shroud were offered contract extensions and even larger contracts by Facebook Gaming, but both streamers were not interested. Existing Mixer partners were also offered partnerships at Facebook gaming as well, but they were also free to explore their options. Only a select few were presented these more enticing offers.

Sources speaking to esports consultant and insider Rod Breslau say that Facebook Gaming offered Ninja and Shroud close to double their existing Mixer contracts. Breslau claims that Ninja earned around $30M as part of his jump to Mixer and Shroud earned around $10M. Landing both or either of the streamers would have been huge partnerships for Facebook Gaming, and could have helped boost the brand. There are still plenty of Mixer partners and streamers who are making the transition, including King Gothalion, who jumped to Mixer from Twitch a little under a year ago.

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Sources: Facebook offered an insane offer at almost double for the original Mixer contracts of Ninja and Shroud but Loaded/Ninja/Shroud said no and forced Mixer to buy them out. Ninja made ~$30M from Mixer, and Shroud made ~$10M
Ninja and Shroud are now free agents

— Rod '4475 SR & Immortal peak' Breslau (@Slasher) June 22, 2020

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At present, Ninja and Shroud have only revealed that they will need to consider their options before making any announcements. Presumably, the two are in the midst of negotiations with Twitch and YouTube to either resume their partnerships or start new ones, but with some guarantees. After streamers started joining new platforms, Twitch doubled down on its existing talent like Dr Lupo and Lirik by offering them exclusivity contracts. It only makes sense that wherever Ninja and Shroud go, they have the type of financial security that Mixer offered.

However, it appears that Facebook Gaming is not an attractive enough platform for the two streamers. Facebook Gaming has seen tremendous growth in recent months, but there are also areas where viewers, non-viewers, and streamers hope to see the platform improve. There is also a lack of anonymity on Facebook Gaming that has many concerned about using the platform to interact.

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