In a huge move from Mixer, the streaming platform has elected to close its doors as part of a new partnership with Facebook. Outside of the initial shock of the platform shutting down, many immediately wondered what would happen with the giant Mixer signees Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Michael “shroud” Grzesiek.
According to an article by The Verge, the streamers are now free agents stating that shroud, Ninja, and Cory “King Gothalion” Michael “will be released from their contracts, and Microsoft says it’s up to them where they decide to go.”
This claim was reinforced by Rod “Slasher” Breslau who stated his sources have said “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.”
If this is true, it’s a large blow to Facebook Gaming who it seems won’t be gaining Mixer’s two largest streamers as part of the deal. Whether or not Ninja and shroud elect to go back to Twitch or continue negotiations with Facebook is unknown at this time as neither have made an official announcement.