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Microsoft has announced its decision to shut down Mixer and teaming up with Facebook, it’s reportedly Ninja and Shroud the biggest streamers on Mixer won’t be moving to Facebook Gaming.
According to esports journalist Richard Lewis, Ninja and Shroud decided to opt-out of the negotiation with Facebook to transfer to Facebook Gaming.
Sources familiar with the deal have informed me that while Facebook did try and negotiate to keep their big partners both Shroud and Ninja opted out. They have received their full payments and as of midnight yesterday were free to engage in talks with other platforms. Game on.— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) June 22, 2020
Esports journalist Rod “Slasher” Breslau added that Facebook offered double the amount of their original Mixer contracts. Reportedly Ninja’s original Mixer contract is around $30 million, while Shroud’s contract is around $30 million. Both stars declined the offer Facebook made of double the amount of money.
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— Rod "4475 SR & Immortal peak" Breslau (@Slasher) June 22, 2020
Ninja and Shroud are now free agents
Ninja’s decision to leave Twitch because of licensing issues and wanting to have more freedom to grow his brand. Now that he’s a free agent Twitch now might rectify the deal and bring back Ninja to their streaming platform. Ninja’s viewership on Mixer has been much lower than on Twitch, so the transition back would help with gaining his viewership back.
Although going back to Twitch is possible, YouTube might offer the two stars a deal better than Twitch to move to their streaming platform.