Last Thursday, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced he was leaving Twitch to stream exclusively over on Mixer. Twitch has subsequently added a tongue-in-cheek reference to the original Super Mario Bros. at the top of his channel to mark the popular streamer’s departure.
“The Ninja you’re looking for is in another castle,” a banner at the top of the page now reads. It then encourages viewers to “check out these popular live channels,” instead, before listing a couple dozen channels for other Fortnite streamers. If any one of those over 14 million subscribers the channel still has pop on over without having heard the latest news, at least now they’ll know not to keep waiting.
While Twitch immediately removed the purple “partner” check mark next to Blevins' name as soon as he revealed he was moving to Microsoft’s platform, the rest of his video archive is still up on Twitch, at least for now. That’s just over 900 videos, each with thousands of views or more.
While the emphasis is usually on the “live” part of live streaming, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to arguably one of the platform’s most notable and prized collections of gaming content. Twitch normally only saves the archived work of Twitch Turbo users for 60 days.
Thanks to a promotion where Microsoft is letting people subscribe to Blevins on Mixer for free for the next month, the streamer has reportedly picked up over 500,000 new subscribers on the platform, which is substantially higher than he had on Twitch according to Twitch Tracker.