Microsoft announced the cessation of operations of Mixer, its video game streaming platform with which it intended to compete with Twitch and YouTube Gaming, yesterday afternoon, Monday June 22nd. The Xbox company will completely close its service on July 22nd to ally with another competitor in the world of video game streaming: Facebook Gaming. The commitment to Mark Zuckerberg’s social network will allow broadcasters to move to this platform, but also to integrate it with Project xCloud.
All partners, i.e. streamers that have reached contractual agreements with Microsoft, will be able to migrate to Facebook Gaming with the same status: “The platform will honor and match all existing partner agreements as accurately as possible”, they explain from the Mixer blog.
During 2019 Microsoft signed million-dollar agreements with Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek and Cory “King Gothalion” Michael. These streaming stars, and others with big deals, will be free to re-sign with another platform.
Facebook is offering $2,500 bonuses to those who move their deal to the Facebook Gaming Creator Program and stay at least 90 days. It also notes, according to “sources,” that Facebook offered Blevins, Grzesiek and other names “a crazy offer” that they turned down.
Sources: 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
Ninja and Shroud are now free agents
— Rod "4475 SR & Immortal peak" Breslau (@Slasher) June 22, 2020