Mixer vaults to top of App Store because of 'Ninja' switch from Twitch

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in iOS edited August 3
Mixer, Microsoft's game-centric live streaming service, saw a surge of popularity that sent it to the top of the App Store charts on Friday, driven by the news celebrity streamer 'Ninja' will be moving over to it exclusively from market leader Twitch.




Tyler Blevins, best known as "Ninja," announced on Thursday he was leaving his online home Twitch, in favor of Mixer. The change of streaming service is an exclusive for Mixer, with Ninja leaving his large audience of 14.7 million followers from Twitch to start almost from new on the rival service.

Within 24 hours of the announcement, TechCrunch reports the Mixer app shot to the top of the App Store's free charts. As of Saturday, it is still at the top of the "Entertainment" apps chart in the United States, and number four in the United Kingdom's version. Ninja's Mixer channel has also managed to acquire more than 250,000 followers in a 24 hour period, and is nearing half a million by Saturday morning.





Acquired in 2016 by Microsoft, Mixer is a game streaming service that operates largely in the same way as Twitch. Streamers can host live gaming streams through the service for viewing by others, with opportunities to earn revenue from subscriptions, donations from the audience, and even sponsorships from third-party companies.

The changeover is a massive coup for Mixer, as it is the smallest provider of live game streaming out of all others. According to StreamElements, Mixer was watched for only 3% of live game-streaming hours over the second quarter, with Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook taking up 72.2%, 19.5%, and 5.3% of hours respectively.

Twitch advised in a statement " We've loved watching Ninja on Twitch over the years and are proud of all that he's accomplished for himself and his family, and the gaming community. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors." Mixer offered a similar statement, adding "We look forward to the energy Ninja and his community will bring."

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    sergiozsergioz Posts: 260member
    Incredible! 
  • Reply 2 of 9
    So ninja, why did you switch? Oh, what was that? I but load of Dirty MS cash? I feel you dude.
    cornchip
  • Reply 3 of 9
    seanismorrisseanismorris Posts: 1,089member
    Microsoft has a lot of money to throw around (obviously)... looks like they bribed a Ninja looter.
  • Reply 4 of 9
    I’m a grown man who also enjoys video games sometimes. My parents told me that I’d grow out of it as a kid. The problem is they kept getting better and new genres being created that appealed to maturing tastes. 

    I just dont don’t get into the whole watching others play thing. But to each his own. M
    thst said, if I was some guy who was somehow so charismatic during my leisure time that tens of millions tuned in to watch me play - and then some big corporation wanted to PAY  me big money to lure those viewers elsewhere? Heck yeah I’d do it. And so would you. 

    It’s  the same as the legions who Samsung paid to pretend to love their products. Getting paid is better than not. Especially when you’re not really changing anything at all about your life. 
    applericAppleExposedCarnagecornchip
  • Reply 5 of 9
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,538unconfirmed, member
    THIS is how people should migrate from YouTube when a half-decent alternative arrives. Nobody wants to be on there anymore but they don't know where to go.

    Hopefully the Twitch Thots don't follow him.
  • Reply 6 of 9
    williamhwilliamh Posts: 671member
    sergioz said:
    Incredible! 
    I can’t believe people care about this.  The end is near!
    Carnage
  • Reply 7 of 9

    I just dont don’t get into the whole watching others play thing. But to each his own. M

    I've heard rabid baseball, basketball, football, and (American) football fans say exactly the same thing about watching others play video games. :wink: 


  • Reply 8 of 9
    sanssans Posts: 45member
    THIS is how people should migrate from YouTube when a half-decent alternative arrives. Nobody wants to be on there anymore but they don't know where to go.

    Hopefully the Twitch Thots don't follow him.
    It's just a matter of time before we get "Mixer Minxes".
  • Reply 9 of 9
    firelockfirelock Posts: 163member
    williamh said:
    sergioz said:
    Incredible! 
    I can’t believe people care about this.  The end is near!
    The day is long past that anyone should be surprised that video games and video game celebrities are news. The industry is huge, much larger than the movie industry, for example.
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