The gaming community has been waiting to see where Tyler "Ninja" Blevins would stream next after Microsoft's shutdown of Mixer, and it looks like the Fortnite posterboy has found a home. Ninja will be streaming Fortnite with Timothy "TimTheTatman" John Betar, Jack "CourageJD" Dunlop, and Benjamin "DrLupo" Lupo. Ninja announced that he would be starting his stream on at 10:00 am PT on July 8 — live at the time of publication.
Ninja and Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek were the only two Mixer streamers who were not part of Microsoft's deal with Facebook Gaming, and instead had their contracts paid out in full to explore their options.
According to Rod "Slasher" Breslau, Ninja is still in negotiations for his streaming rights, and that his stream today is entirely independent. Ninja's YouTube channel currently boasts 23.8 million YouTube subscribers:
Ninja's emigration from Twitch to Mixer last year terraformed the livestreaming scene. His influence within the Fortnite community made him the closest thing gaming has had to a household name in North America. Ninja has collaborated with DJ and avid Fortnite player Marshmello, both in and out of the game of Fortnite, and has appeared alongside professional athletes in a commercial aired during SuperBowl LIII.
This is the first stream Ninja has hosted since the Mixer shutdown, and while Slasher is confident that nothing is set in stone, YouTube is already a platform where he has a healthy subscriber base of over 23.8M. The addition of DrLupo, TimTheTatman, and CourageJD — all prominent figures in the Fortnite community in their own respective rights — might mean Ninja has found a new home after all and is starting things off with a bang.