Last week, Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins made the surprising announcement that he’d be leaving Twitch. The streamer, who has over 14 million followers, announced that he was to begin streaming on Mixer. Microsoft’s own game streaming platform, that isn’t nearly as popular as Twitch.
The massive popularity of Ninja, has however, exploded Microsoft’s own popularity. Seeing a massive spike of viewers and app downloaders. It’s speculated that the two entities have struck a lucrative deal to make the switch. Twitch however, isn’t handling the breakup too well.
It seems as though Twitch might be a little salty over the whole ordeal. Twitch looks to be assuming that people will still be looking for him on their site; and have replaced his profile with a static banner. To help prevent the loss of further people, and to help promote other streamers, twitch has listed other popular Fortnite streamers that are currently live.
“The Ninja you’re looking for is in another castle”, a throwback to the original Super Mario Bros, is all that remains. Below reads “Check out these popular live channels”, and at this time of writing, features streamers like dakotaz, HighDistortion, and mrfreshasian. With little more than 27 thousand current watchers between them.
All of Ninja’s 901 videos are still accessible on Twitch, but his video player, chat, and stream information are all gone. For Twitch, it’s now a waiting game to see who will replace the void left by Ninja. For Ninja, it’s a waiting game to see if this move paid off.