Ninja moves to Mixer streaming full-time this month

The Fortnite streamer is jumping ship from Twitch to start streaming full-time on Mixer in August.

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Fortnite streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins is making the move from Twitch to Mixer to begin streaming there full-time this month, beginning August 2.

The massively popular "face of Fortnite" took to social media today to share the news,

“I have been holding on to this for quite some time,” said Ninja in a short clip posted to Twitter, “and I’m just super excited to let everyone know. I’ll be streaming on Mixer full-time now and I’m honestly at a loss for words. I’m freaking out in the best ways. I feel like I’m going to get back to the streaming roots.” Mixer is obviously thrilled with the situation, as it means it's now the home of one of Fortnite's biggest personalities. 

"We’re thrilled to welcome Ninja and his community to Mixer. Mixer is a place that was formed around being positive and welcoming from day one, and we look forward to the energy Ninja and his community will bring," shared the platform in a statement. 

Twitch issued a statement of its own on the matter, and it's a lot more even-handed than you might have expected.

"We’ve loved watching Ninja on Twitch over the years and are proud of all that he’s accomplished for himself and his family, and the gaming community. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."

Ninja currently has his hands in several different projects, including a movie and a book, and he'll be kicking off his first stream tomorrow on Friday, August 2 at the start of Lollapalooza in Chicago. This could mean the start of something big for Mixer as the weeks go by. Will additional streamers begin jumping ship? Only time will tell.

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    August 1, 2019 10:19 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Ninja moves to Mixer streaming full-time this month

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      August 1, 2019 10:19 AM

      Wow wonder how much Microsoft is paying him.

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        August 1, 2019 10:30 AM

        Notch's mamsion.

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        August 1, 2019 11:17 AM

        Eight figures, easy. A couple hours of sponsored content on Twitch pulls in $50k-$100k just from the sponsor alone, depending on how long the stream is. If they’re going to move him away from his cash cow platform then they have to make it worth his while.

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          August 1, 2019 11:10 PM

          I feel like if we taxed marketing spending we won't need to tax the wealthy.

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        August 1, 2019 11:52 AM

        forsen seems to think at least 6-8mil a year for 3 yrs

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          August 1, 2019 6:45 PM

          Not including subs and donations I bet too.

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          August 1, 2019 7:03 PM

          3 years. Damn, steamers are flash in the pan, most successful types don't last three years.

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            August 2, 2019 2:17 AM

            Yeah good for him, risky for MS

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              August 2, 2019 4:44 AM

              $25 million over 3 years is nothing to Microsoft. The fact that there were news stories across the world about this just raised Mixer's brand recognition quite a bit.

              I wouldn't be surprised if there are other big names who are going to get bought out by Microsoft.

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      August 1, 2019 11:59 AM

      Good, Mixer is so much better in everyway than Twitch...

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        August 1, 2019 12:01 PM

        in what just curious

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          August 1, 2019 12:05 PM

          For starters 4K streaming(that is a reason enough, the quality on Twitch is really bad) and they also treat streamers better and more equally on Mixer.

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            August 1, 2019 12:28 PM

            4K is great. Is there a max bitrate like there is on twitch? Their 6Mbps is barely passable for 720P Video when you’re talking about high motion video games. Never mind trying to make that work at 1080P

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              August 1, 2019 1:16 PM

              Totally agree Twitch looks terrible at MAX. Not sure what the specs are but Twitch 1080p 60 looks like below real 720p and Mixers 4K looks at least like YouTube 1440p profile when you upload a video so it's mega high.

              Basically there is no comparison Mixer is on another level.

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                August 1, 2019 3:25 PM

                Mostly because streamers are idiots and don't know how to manage their image quality. 1080p60 on Twitch generally isn't viable anyway unless you're streaming really low motion content.

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                  August 1, 2019 6:46 PM

                  Yeah this is probably true for the most part, still you nailed it Twitch can't handle motion + high quality this is where Mixer seems to dominate. Be cool if they upgraded it, all well.

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                    August 1, 2019 7:02 PM

                    It's not that they "can't handle it" per se, 6 Mbps just isn't high enough to sustain acceptable image quality for higher motion content at that resolution and frame rate (maybe I'm just being pedantic here). You can still achieve a good looking stream, and resolutions between 1280x720 and 1920x1080 offer a decent compromise of increasing overall clarity without falling apart in motion.

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                      August 1, 2019 7:09 PM

                      Yup, 6Mbps just ain't enough for gaming. 1080p movies are higher bitrate and they don't have nearly the amount of fast motion that games do. I can't wait for someone to finally eat Twitch's lunch. YouTube can do it but they just let it die regarding gaming

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                        August 1, 2019 7:15 PM

                        To be fair you can get a lot more mileage out of 6 Mbps when you don't have to encode on the fly. :P Maybe some day h265 will see some use in streaming, that would go a long way towards improving quality as well.

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          August 1, 2019 12:31 PM

          Platform tools, User Dashboard, super low latency streaming from my machine to the service and viewers, Sparks (bits), lay out and overall chat functionality.

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        August 1, 2019 3:23 PM

        Unless you want viewers and can't bring your audience with you

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          August 1, 2019 7:15 PM

          There are streams with high viewer counts but yes, definitely not the popularity like Twitch does. Its still growing and definitely not as big adoption as Twitch, but what service outside of Twitch, Facebook, and Youtube has that?

          When people start using it, it's actually hard to go back. Twitch is all over the place for UI.

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            August 1, 2019 7:19 PM

            I've mainly used Mixer for the low latency when streaming games to friends and it does that quite well. I haven't logged in for probably a year or so, but I remember disliking the UI a lot. I guess MS has smoothed most of that out?

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              August 1, 2019 7:20 PM

              The UI used to be REALLY slow. Seems like it's not too bad now.

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            August 1, 2019 7:41 PM

            How many of those counts are being boosted because MS embeds the stream on the store? I know that one of guys that organizes GuardianCon would see 10-15x as many "viewers" as normal when he got embedded, much like how the twitch views for the shack channel get artificially boosted when it's at the top of the chatty.

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      August 1, 2019 11:59 AM

      more competition is good. i hope they get more. if im msft I go for the DOC, all the normies would follow him

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      August 1, 2019 12:02 PM

      This is just the beginning pretty much all the high profile Male streamers on Twitch are going to be moving to Mixer through out the year you herd it here first.

      Anyways 4K streaming owns an Mixer is > than Twitch in my opinion.

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        August 1, 2019 12:27 PM

        Why the male streamers?

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          August 1, 2019 12:46 PM

          Because if women were on Mixer, then Microsoft wouldn't have been able to coax Ninja to move over there.


          ¬¬

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          August 1, 2019 1:22 PM

          I don't want to get into it, but basically there is double standard on Twitch and a lot of top streamers are not happy.

          FYI this has nothing to do with me btw, I have a few friends who stream and I watch a bunch and that is what the word on the street is and one of the reasons why it is happening(will be happening).

          If I streamed I go there for the 4K video quality :) , anyways.

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                August 1, 2019 6:30 PM

                Hahah. So good

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                August 1, 2019 6:43 PM

                LOL, you know what is wrong with that video you can't see her crotch or her tits then it be more legit + accurate :) . You might also want to make her get up and turn around once so she can show off her ass and then make her bend over to pet her cat or something as well.

                You know what Twitch really reminds me of, a Gentlemen's Club for minors LOL :)

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                  August 1, 2019 7:18 PM

                  wtf dude

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                    August 1, 2019 7:24 PM

                    He's mocking what happens on Twitch with tittie streamers.

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                      August 1, 2019 7:38 PM

                      I know, he thinks a double standard is why "Male streamers" are going to move from Twitch to Mixer. Its a dumb complaint.

                      If someone makes good content (or bad content!) and gets an audience, fine. If you make good content (or bad content!) and fail, tough shit, its a crowded market. Eighteen months ago there were 27k Twitch partners and 150k affiliates out of 2 million active broadcasters. Numbers for 2019 haven't been made public but assume that number is much higher if the growth curve has remained consistent.

                      Its a crowded market. A failure on Twitch is probably going to be a failure on Mixer.

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                        August 1, 2019 7:58 PM

                        It’s not even about succeeding on twitch. Twitch’s admins are extremely inconsistent in their moderation of twitch streamers and are incredibly lenient with some that they prefer.

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                          August 1, 2019 8:01 PM

                          It's not "that they prefer" so much as "Doc makes us a shitload of money". I don't like it, either, and think it'll hurt them in the long run, but I can see what's going on.

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                            August 1, 2019 8:08 PM

                            Not referencing doc either. Mostly what valcan was on about with the titty streamers. I don’t care about it so much but I see this drama on the r/livestreamfail subreddit when I’m browsing popular sometimes. XQC who is probably above doc now gets banned all the time for random shit. Alinity the one cat throwing lady gets a ton of leniency. Just browsing that subreddit quick now shows she showed a penis on discord and didn’t get banned for it.

                            Showing the N word before got you banned (random players using it in text/username to troll a streamer) and still can. People who have shown anything have gotten banned before instantly. Shit there was on of the titty streamers who “accidentally” showed her vagina from the side of her shorts. She got a small ban and that’s it.

                            The running joke on r/LSF is about how big of neckbeards the admins of twitch are.

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                              August 1, 2019 8:11 PM

                              I'm not sure a subreddit's opinion of who's a bigger neckbeard means much to me.

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                                August 1, 2019 8:24 PM

                                Okay well you brought something completely irrelevant to the conversation here with Dr disrespect. Not sure what else to tell you since I’d assume you have no knowledge of what is actually going on. It’s more widespread than just some of the higher up streamers

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                                  August 1, 2019 8:31 PM

                                  I mean, now we're talking about a couple of different things? I totally agree that Alinity needed to be banned much faster, but I don't see what that has to do with the root discussion. I thought everyone moved past the "female streamers are siphoning off views from other streamers" discussion years ago.

                                  There's no question that there is inconsistency in moderation, but that really applies everywhere. If we're looking for the most egregious example then Twitter is 1000x worse than anywhere else, and in a real material way since the safety of individuals have been put at risk in the past. Reddit from four years ago was absolutely fucking awful with how laissez faire they tried to be.

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                                    August 1, 2019 8:32 PM

                                    I mean valcan didn’t really state why the top male streamers are unhappy. You took it as it being about siphoning viewers and I took it as being about moderation.

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                                      August 1, 2019 8:52 PM

                                      Complaining about titty streamers after talking specifically about male streamers leaving made me think about competing with people who traffic in appearance or sex appeal.

                                      "you know what is wrong with that video you can't see her crotch or her tits then it be more legit + accurate" was what made me go wtf. Like, complain about consistent moderation, sure, but a lot of these streamers like it or not are not breaking any rules. I see "mods?" said in earnest here all the time but its so rare when rules are actually being broken.

                                      Tossing cats? Sure, ban the fuck out of them. Cynical titty streamers like Amouranth, they're awful but they aren't breaking any rules either. Roll your eyes at how silly they are and move on

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                              August 1, 2019 9:13 PM

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                                August 1, 2019 9:23 PM

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                                August 1, 2019 9:40 PM

                                He did, but some are given more lenience. I don’t need to see anecdotal evidence of it not happening. Sometimes it is deserved sometimes not. And they just call it a ban. That’s the term often used and I’m using it here like perma-ban and temp-ban. I don’t think it’s a big deal. There’s also plenty of people who’ve been banned by others using the N word in their usernames or screaming it in game where it’s pretty unavoidable.

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                      August 1, 2019 9:14 PM

                      Exactly, to pretend it doesn't happen and exists on Twitch is just being ignorant. I am not going to be one of those sheep that drool over those specific streamers and through money at the screen cause that is not how I roll.

                      It's really not complicated to understand how I feel, if I was a Women and a legit gamer(like the ones on Shack) I would think the same way and probably feel like shit trying to stream on Twitch and get noticed if I was not a tittie streamer. It's not fair that's life I get that but I don't have to like it or support it and above all protect those specific streamers.

                      I really don't understand why any one would want to protect the tittie streamers, but I guess to each their own.

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                        August 1, 2019 9:26 PM

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                        August 2, 2019 2:22 AM

                        As long as they're not breaking rules then why do you care to ban them?

                        If a woman wants to make money using their appearance then that's their decision, and if you don't like it then you're free to ignore it and move on.

                        Either way its not a reason for the "Male gamers" you singled out to want to move over to Mixer. Less competition is a whole other thing, although I do believe that a failure on Twitch is almost certainly also going to be a failure on Mixer.

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                          August 2, 2019 2:29 AM

                          And re: this: "if I was a Women and a legit gamer(like the ones on Shack)"

                          You don't raise women up by dragging other women down. Hiding behind defining one woman as "real" and another as "fake" based on your criteria is not cool. If both parties are voluntarily participating then literally nobody is being harmed.

                          Resenting women when it benefits them to be attractive and they're in control of that is actually bullshit and super hypocritical.

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                            August 2, 2019 2:54 AM

                            There are much better ways to make money being attractive than "faking" being a gamer. It's such a tired, eye-roll-inducing criticism. Ever heard guys on twitch being called fake gamers?

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                        August 2, 2019 3:08 AM

                        So you want an elite streaming service where you decide what is acceptable to stream, is that mixer?
                        Is there a certain uniform we have to wear? Does the girls have to dress in a specific way?
                        When do i pass as a gamer, and a girl gamer, is it easier if i am fat and ugly?
                        Why even show my face, i might look sexy and have nice hair?

                        I am confused, why not let people be free to do what they want and let the viewers decide what to watch..

                        Ninja left 15.000.000 million subs, if he wasn't paid i will be surprised.

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                  August 1, 2019 9:48 PM

                  that’s gonna be a yikes from me dog

                  i like my sexism diet. aspartame sexism. this is heavy corn syrup sexism.

                  send

                  it

                  back

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                August 1, 2019 8:10 PM

                This just in, I can look at different cameras while changing scenes. That's right, gamers are fucking obnoxious and I can call them out with ease. You guessed it, this bit is already old but I'll keep doing it...

                I love her message, I don't disagree at all, but the bit is already tired. Once it goes viral, its already outplayed.

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                  August 1, 2019 8:25 PM

                  Being able to grow past that will determine if she's FOTM or is still popular in a year.

                  As I said in another response, gaining popularity on Twitch is fucking hard and maintaining that is even harder, even if you have tiddies

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                    August 1, 2019 8:26 PM

                    That is all true.

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                    August 1, 2019 8:31 PM

                    Look at Futureman, dude exploded on the scene, everyone was talking about his bit, he got a GLOBAL emote which is crazy for what was a flash in the pan stream. Went from 500 to 1k to 10k viewer streams at his height. Now he pulls sub 50 viewer count streams. I bet he's back on a full time job or thinking about it as whatever he made in that year is probably waning.

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                      August 1, 2019 8:35 PM

                      Ok, maybe not that dire, he's at 230 right at this moment but still.

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                        August 1, 2019 8:44 PM

                        Futureman is a terrific example, great gimmick that he couldn't keep fresh. Its the same thing as a musician who's a one-hit wonder, that hit single might be great but maintaining a consistent body of work is fucking tough

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        August 1, 2019 8:39 PM

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      August 1, 2019 12:17 PM

      Does Mixer save videos perpetually? That's the best thing about YouTube. It supports 4k streaming and will save all of your videos indefinitely. I use YouTube as essentially a Game DVR that I don't have to have local storage for these days.

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        August 1, 2019 12:49 PM

        It will save them for 14 days on non partnered streams and allows you to download them

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          August 1, 2019 7:19 PM

          Looks pretty good but the ingestion server didn't seem to be able to keep up with the data I was pushing to it, either that or it was my network but I was getting a lot of dropped frames due to network. I was using the FTL server, maybe the other would be better.

          https://mixer.com/Boarder2?vod=159133206

          14 days is cool I guess but seems like this won't replace YouTube for me.

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      August 1, 2019 1:20 PM

      Who gives a shit about ninja, fucking TOMMY WISEAU is on mixer!


      https://twitter.com/tommywiseau/status/1157013806616178688?s=21

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      August 1, 2019 2:40 PM

      what a time to be gamer, amazing how much money is being made with streaming and tournaments GET PAID GAMERS!

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      August 1, 2019 2:53 PM

      Wow, bold move holy shit. It's hard to get your casual viewers to move to a new platform

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      August 1, 2019 7:00 PM

      Downloaded the mobile app on iPad and iPhone. It sucks compared to twitch imo. Laggy and can’t open chat in landscape mode. Also you can’t change stream quality while connected to Chromecast? Lame.

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      August 1, 2019 7:02 PM

      I hadn’t even heard of Mixer till today.

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        August 1, 2019 7:45 PM

        Mission accomplished then. We'll have to wait and see if the it was worth the $20-25 million over three years some have speculated it cost them.

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        August 1, 2019 8:03 PM

        Same haha

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        August 2, 2019 2:19 AM

        Same so I guess it's working

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      August 1, 2019 7:07 PM

      went to mixer for the first time ever, sorted by my popular streams and see Ice_Poseidon in the top 10... nice

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        August 1, 2019 10:00 PM

        Is that a game or person? What was it showing?

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          August 1, 2019 11:27 PM

          horrible dude who has been banned for basically every streaming and video service known to man

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      August 1, 2019 7:23 PM

      The best thing on Mixer is the HypeZone channels which will switch between streams that have action on them. For example the Apex Legends one switches to streams that are in the top 5 or so and close to winning a round.

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      August 1, 2019 7:45 PM

      Now run a Google search for "ninja mixer"

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      August 1, 2019 10:24 PM

      Also, want to say how smart it is to go after Ninja and not someone like Doc or Shroud. They're too incel friendly. And you just know he's gonna be on that Halo Infinite multiplayer reveal just like Doc and Shroud did it for CoD today. Really good for Twitch to finally get a Pepsi to their Coke.

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        August 1, 2019 11:09 PM

        But isn't this guy a misogynist? I remember him not wanting to stream with women and giving a super idiotic justification for it. Not sure if this is a good look for Mixer.

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          August 1, 2019 11:14 PM

          You're going to be able to find shit on anyone. Out of the super popular streamers, Ninja is actually probably one of the most benign

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            August 1, 2019 11:23 PM

            So what you're saying is most streamers are even worse. That doesn't make ninja look better, it just puts him in bad company on top being misogynistic.

            I hope Mixer does better job than Twitch with policing their code of conduct.

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              August 1, 2019 11:25 PM

              🤷‍♂️ you sound like you want to be mad about it so I'm not going to try to change your mind

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                August 1, 2019 11:33 PM

                I'm just mildly surprised Microsoft wants to affiliate themselves with such people. Buy I don't watch any streams so I don't really care much, I just know these streamers names from the news.

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                  August 2, 2019 12:02 AM

                  The misogynist criticisms against Ninja are specious at best. He said he doesn't play with women to avoid rumors. It seems like he and his partner might have a fairly untrustworthy relationship. Again, you can find dirt on anyone. It's not surprising at all that Microsoft would want to associate themselves with the worlds most popular streamer when the most controversial thing he ever said is basically "I don't want my GF to get jealous"

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                  August 2, 2019 1:34 AM

                  Ninja is totally harmless and about the most positive/family friendly streamer I can think of.

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              August 1, 2019 11:30 PM

              Ok, they should poach no top talent from their competitor and instead grow their own policed and completely immune to scrutiny streamer...

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          August 1, 2019 11:56 PM

          I dont think hes sexist for wanting to avoid harassment for his wife. A coward maybe for propagating the hate females get in gaming , but at the same time I really dont think we can ask him to martyr for the cause

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          August 2, 2019 12:16 AM

          Online harassment is the problem. Not playing is the right move. Twitch viewership can get very, very ugly.

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      August 2, 2019 2:54 AM

      His viewers will go down, but i am sure he made a deal to earn the same amount of money "to go back to the streaming roots..."

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        August 2, 2019 3:18 AM

        Eight figure deal, easy. I know for a fact that he'll pull down $50-$100k in an afternoon for streaming a sponsored game, and this is before the usual viewers/subs/donations/bits/ads/etc.

        Microsoft has that bag, and pulling in a streamer that is rivaled only by the League Of Legends stream is totally worth it for building Mixer as a platform.

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