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Ninja is exclusive to Twitch again

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In August, after a dalliance on YouTube (opens in new tab), Tyler "Ninja" Blevins started streaming on Twitch again (opens in new tab), although as we noted at the time it wasn't a fully-fledged return to the platform. Now it is: Blevins announced today that he's signed a new multi-year deal to stream exclusively on Twitch (opens in new tab), beginning at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET today.

"I am excited to get back to streaming full-time and connecting with my loyal fanbase," Blevins said in a statement. "I really took my time to decide which platform was best and Twitch has been very supportive throughout this process and understanding my overall career goals."

"In this next chapter, I’m going to make it a point to elevate and bring more eyes to underrepresented creators. I am looking forward to working with Twitch to demonstrate how this amazing community of gamers can make a meaningful impact."

The terms of the deal weren't revealed, but were presumably generous: It was reported in January 2020 that he'd been paid between $20 and $30 million (opens in new tab) to move from Twitch to Mixer. The collapse of Mixer may have cooled that "whatever it takes" big-money ardor, but YouTube and Facebook are still in the game (Microsoft actually threw its lot in with Facebook (opens in new tab) after it closed Mixer), and so it's bound to be a hefty sum. Hell, ten percent of the reported Twitch deal would set me up nicely.

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"Tyler is an iconic force in the gaming community, and it’s been amazing to see the impact he's made on the industry and broader culture," Twitch senior vice president of content Michael Aragon said. "Gaming—and the people who love it—are being recognized by a broad mainstream audience now in part because of Tyler, and we know he’s just getting started."

Blevin's new deal with Twitch comes a month after that of Michael "Shroud" Grzsesiek (opens in new tab), who announced his own return to the platform on August 11. It's a reversal of the platform swap in 2019, which saw Grzsesiek go to Mixer (opens in new tab) a couple of months after Blevins made the first move (opens in new tab).

Specifics about Blevins' plan to work with "underrepresented creators" have also not been revealed, but a Twitch representative said that more information will be revealed as it becomes available. 

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.