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Ninja may be going to YouTube

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A YouTube test stream suggests that Tyler "Ninja" Blevins may have found his new home.

Last year, Microsoft promised the exceedingly popular Fortnite (and lately Valorant) streamer a pile of cash to move his channel from Twitch to Mixer, which he accepted. But Microsoft has now called it quits on Mixer, announcing last month that it's shutting the whole thing down. That will soon leave Ninja in need of a new channel.

One possible move would be a return to Twitch, where Ninja had millions of followers before he signed with Mixer. However, a now-deleted test stream was spotted on Ninja's YouTube channel today, suggesting that it may be his destination.

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Jessica Blevins, Ninja's wife and manager, tweeted yesterday (opens in new tab) that this week "will be fun," suggesting that an announcement is imminent.

YouTube is currently the exclusive streaming home of PewDiePie (opens in new tab) , as well as Activision-Blizzard esports like Overwatch League (opens in new tab). The Google-owned video giant may be looking to gain a stronger foothold in the business following the closure of a competitor. Despite pushes into game streaming by YouTube and other powerful companies, Twitch remains the internet's default choice. Mixer is shutting down, Microsoft says, because it just couldn't attract enough viewers. 

Mixer will be gone after July 23, and Microsoft is working with Facebook Gaming to offer partnered streamers comparable deals on Facebook. Even if he doesn't go to YouTube in the end, it seems unlikely that Ninja will accept that deal.

Consider these details uncertain for now, as there's been no official announcement.

Thanks, PCGamesN (opens in new tab).

Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.