Ninja has left Twitch and will exclusively be streaming on Mixer from now on.
The gaming superstar – real name Tyler Bevins – confirmed the news on Twitter, sharing an epic video of a mock press conference for his 4.6million followers.
‘I know this may come as a shock to you but, as of today, I will be streaming exclusively on Mixer. I know. It’s exciting,’ the Fortnite legend told viewers.
If that wasn’t a bombshell enough for fans, the 28-year-old then donned different disguises as he posed as journalists asking him questions.
When asked how the move to the Microsoft-owned service would affect his gaming abilities, he replied to ‘himself’: ‘It really won’t. It’s the same me, just a different platform.’
‘I feel like this is a really good chance to get back in touch with my roots, and really remember why I fell in love with streaming in the first place,’ he continued.
Things got a little weird when a mini-fridge full of Red Bull tried to ask a question, with the YouTube star ending the ‘press conference’ by insisting: ‘I really wouldn’t worry too much about my win/loss ratio. I’ll be just fine.’
We totally agree.
Ninja – who started off as a Halo player – then clarified a few more things for fans in a follow-up video, explaining: ‘I’ve been holding on to this for quite some time, and I’m super excited to finally let everyone know, obviously.
‘I’ll be streaming on Mixer full-time now, and I’m honestly at a loss for words. I’m freaking out in the best of ways. I feel like I’m going to get back to the streaming roots, and that’s what it’s all about.
‘I love you guys, stream surge is going to be the exact same, so I’m looking forward to seeing you on the platform. Peace.’
However, fans were a little divided over his big news, with some branding it a ‘big mistake’.
One unimpressed follower replied: ‘This better be a f***ing joke. You’ve just made a big f***ing mistake…
‘F***ing disrespectful towards @Twitch after everything they’ve done for you.’
A Twitter user praised the pro for ‘changing the game’, as a fan commented: ‘I don’t know what I was expecting but this exceeds my expectations LOL huge congrats Tyler!!
While another branded it the ‘biggest plot twist of 2019’.
Ermmmm did they not see Jordan Hames cracking on with India Reynolds on Love Island?
The news may come as a shock, as Ninja was arguably one of Twitch’s biggest stars, with his streams constantly going viral.
In a statement shared with The Verge, a spokesperson for the platform said: ‘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 endeavours.’
Ninja recently made headlines when he took a second to congratulate Bugha on smashing the Fortnite World Cup Championship, sharing a snap of himself and the 16-year-old on Twitter.
And he hinted he would be back to his best in time for next year.
‘Congrats to the best solo player in the world, and it’s not even close @bugha,’ he wrote.
‘I didn’t put the full time or effort in to be on that stage the last two days. I promise I’ll be there next year.’
We can’t wait to see what he does next.
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