Earlier this Monday, Mixer announced to be closing its service, planning to partner with Facebook Gaming for its future endeavors. Starting today, partners of the platform will be migrated to the new content hub, causing an uproar in the live streaming community.
According to G2 Esports’ content creator Jakub “Lothar” Szygulski most Mixer partners were left in the dark, not knowing about the current situation regarding Facebook Gaming.
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins had been under contract with Mixer for just one month short of a year, with earnings approximate to 30 million dollars, not counting subscriptions, sponsorships, or donations. Breaking this into a monthly allowance, Ninja has made around 2.72 million dollars each month.
Richard Lewis reported that sources close to Mixer, familiar with the business deal, confirmed that Facebook Gaming unsuccessfully attempted to keep the platform’s biggest names, like Shroud and Ninja, but they opted out of the deal. Upon the leave, both creators have been paid their full amount listed in their contracts, being allowed to explore other options as of today.
Spanish content creator AKA Wonder's message translates to: "Crap, this shows how f*cked these creators were while at Mixer, if they were offered double of these millions and had refused the offer, they rather return to Twitch, or for some reason, would never go to Facebook".
UPDATE 6/22: More members of the community have voiced their thoughts via Twitter on Mixer's shutdown and subsequent Facebook Gaming partnership.
The primary focus of takes from streamer Octavian "Kripparian" Morosan, former Hearthstone pro Jan "Faramir" Engelmann, former League of Legends pro William "Scarra" Li and Riot Games caster Isaac "Azael" Cummings Bentley was the boon the situation provides to Ninja and Shroud, as well as Microsoft's lack of courtesy in informing the majority of its streamerbase that they were essentially being transferred to Facebook Gaming.
Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles, Commissioner of Flashpoint and VP of Brand for B-Site, also pointed out that Ninja and Shroud's potential returns to Twitch would be a boost to Riot Games' tactical shooter VALORANT, and also took a beat for some banter regarding Mixer's shutdown:
It is uncertain whether or not every creator will have the same benefits offered upon trading platforms, or if they will follow through with the change.