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Ninja And Shroud Reportedly Received Huge Payouts Over Mixer Shutdown

Ninja And Shroud Reportedly Received Huge Payouts Over Mixer Shutdown

That's... a lot of money.

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore

Popular streamers Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek reportedly received hefty payouts following Microsoft's recent decision to shut down its Mixer livestreaming service.

The pair had both signed deals to stream exclusively on Mixer last year, but have now received payouts said to be in the tens of millions. They've also both been released from their exclusive contracts, and can now stream wherever they want to.

"I love my community and what we built together on Mixer," Blevins wrote on Twitter in response to the Mixer announcement "I have some decisions to make and will be thinking about you all as I make them."


Now, esports consultant Rod Breslau, has cited sources claiming that "Facebook offered an insane offer at almost double for the original Mixer contracts of Ninja and Shroud but Loaded/Ninja/Shroud said no and forced Mixer to buy them out."

The industry insider revealed that Blevins made something in the region of $30m from Mixer buying him out of his contract. Grzesiek, meanwhile, is said to have taken home $10m. Not a bad day's work.

Microsoft later confirmed to Business Insider that both streamers are indeed now free to go where they want, and that both received their full pay-out before parting ways with Mixer.

As we reported yesterday, Mixer will officially cease operations on July 22nd. On this date, Mixer's website and app will redirect users to Facebook Gaming. All streamers in the Mixer Partner Program will be able to continue with Facebook as partners, if they wish to do so.

Ninja announcing his Mixer involvement /
Microsoft

"Ultimately, the success of partners and streamers on Mixer is dependent on our ability to scale the platform for them as quickly and broadly as possible," Xbox boss Phil Spencer said in a statement.

"It became clear that the time needed to grow our own livestreaming community to scale was out of measure with the vision and experiences that Microsoft and Xbox want to deliver for gamers now, so we've decided to close the operations side of Mixer and help the community transition to a new platform."

Facebook has confirmed that it's "proud to invite everyone in the Mixer community to Facebook Gaming," and that the company will work with streamers who want to make the transition to the new platform to ensure the switch is as smooth as possible.

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft

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