'Fortnite' Streamer Ninja's Microsoft Mixer Debut Peaked at 100,000 Viewers (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Earlier today, Ninja made his Mixer streaming debut, and his viewership for the session turned out much better than his average Twitch numbers. In particular, during the entire six hours of streaming Fortnite, Ninja averaged 57,000 viewers, as opposed to his lesser 40,000 average on Twitch over the past few months.

At one point during his session, when he streamed with recent Fortnite World Cup champion Bugha, Ninja’s stream hit a peak viewer count of 95,877, more than double of his Twitch average. When Ninja first announced he’d move over to Mixer exclusively, the question on everyone’s mind was: would his fans move over to an entirely new platform — arguably one much less popular than Twitch — just to continue following him? With statistics like this today from his Mixer debut, it seems the answer to that concern is now clear.

ORIGINAL STORY (August 1, 2019): After making his mark (and his millions) by streaming Fortnite on Twitch, Tyler “Ninja “Blevins has announced a major move. In a tongue-in-cheek video uploaded to his YouTube channel, the 28-year-old gamer has revealed his plans to leave Twitch to exclusively broadcast on Mixer.

In the video in which he reveals the move, Ninja answers questions asked by a variety of reporters (all played by Ninja himself, of course), asserting that “it’s the same me, just a different platform. … I feel like this is a good time to get back in touch with my roots and remember why I really fell in love with streaming in the first place.” The news comes after Ninja popped up everywhere at the first-ever Fortnite World Cup Finals in New York, solidifying his devotion to his game of choice.

Purchased by Microsoft in 2016, streaming service Beam introduced Xbox and Windows-specific services before rebranding as Mixer in 2017. As Streamlabs notes, Mixer racked up approximately 12 million hours of stream time in Q2 2019, a 43% boost over the previous timeframe. Furthermore, approximately concurrent viewers rose by 30% to approximately 55,000 fans, who participated in streams from approximately 1.97 million channels in the past quarter, though each boasts an average of only 10 viewers per channel.

“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,” Twitch said in a statement to The Verge. “We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Head to Ninja’s Mixer channel to watch his forthcoming streams and check out the reveal video above.