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Ninja Leaving Twitch For Exclusive Mixer Partnership

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Prolific gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins has announced he's leaving Twitch for Microsoft's Mixer streaming platform. This is a huge blow to Twitch's status as the go-to spot for game streaming, as well as a huge win for Mixer, which has lagged behind both Twitch and YouTube in the streaming wars.

Ninja elaborated further in a string of tweets, explaining that with the move he hopes to "get back to [his] streaming roots."

While the details of Ninja's exclusivity deal weren't disclosed, this could just be the boost Mixer needed to pick up some ground with its competitiors. According to GamesIndustry.biz, Mixer has lagged behind both Twitch and YouTube, but has seen some consistent growth. Last year alone, Mixer clocked in with 119 million hours watched, which according to Streamlabs (via GamesIndustry.biz), is up about 37%. 

Seemingly in retaliation, Ninja's Twitch channel is no longer verified on the platform as well, which is an interesting stroke by the Amazon-owned company. For those looking to make the jump to Mixer, you can actually sub to Ninja's channel for free for a limited time. 

What I really want to know, though, is what the question was that case of Red Bull asked?

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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