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Microsoft Shutting Down Mixer, Merging With Facebook Gaming

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Microsoft is shuttering its live-streaming service, Mixer, instead opting to merge its partners and streamers with Facebook Gaming, according to The Verge. 

As reported by The Verge, Microsoft is shuttering its Mixer service, instead opting to merge with Facebook Gaming. This means all of the partnered streamers will be transitioned to the new platform. The Verge is stating that Mixer will be shuttered completly in one months time. 

In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft's Head of Xbox Phil Spencer explained the reasoning behind the decision.

"We started pretty far behind, in terms of where Mixer’s monthly active viewers were compared to some of the big players out there. I think the Mixer community is really going to benefit from the broad audience that Facebook has through their properties, and the abilities to reach gamers in a very seamless way through the social platform Facebook has."

Mixer will cease to be, becoming an ex-streaming platform on July 22nd, with all the Mixer apps and sites redirecting to Facebook Gaming. Those partners will be granted partner status with Facebook, and streamers monetizing their streams will be elligible for Facebook's Level Up program. For those viewers who still have Embers, subs and more, you'll be compensated via Xbox Gift Card credits.

The Verge also reports that due to this move, big name streamers such as Ninja or Shroud who made the jump to Mixer recently are free to rejoin Twitch or stream on Facebook.

Much of the reason seems to be tied to Microsoft's Project xCloud, a game streaming service the company has been working on closely with Facebook as part of Spencer's goal to have xCloud reaching 2 billion gamers worldwide. 


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore