Ninja is back on Twitch following Mixer closure

Ninja is back on Twitch following Mixer closure

Top streamer Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins has returned to Twitch following the swift shutdown of Microsoft's Mixer platform.

This comes one year after Blevins left Twitch in order to stream exclusively on Mixer. It was reported that the streamer was paid up to $30m to make the switch. 

His original Twitch channel has been restored, complete with archived clips and the 14.8 million followers he amassed before jumping ship. As of writing, Blevins' first stream back - a co-op Fortnite stream with Dr Lupo - has racked up over 96k concurrent viewers.

Blevins discussed the change last year, calling the move to Mixer a return to his "streaming roots". His movement caused a huge spike in Mixer users, and his presence on the platform inspired a brief wave of streamers to give Mixer a try. 

Despite that growth, Microsoft announced last month that the Mixer platform would be closing with immediate effect, giving millions of streamers one month to move over to another platform. As part of the closure, Facebook Gaming offered immediate Partner status to Mixer Partners affected by the shutdown.

But it seems Twitch may be the best home for Blevins at this time despite his former departure, and given his prowess in the streaming space, any platform is going to be happy to have him.





Danielle Partis is editor of and former editor of She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.