Ninja and Shroud React to Mixer Shutting Down

Published 06/22/2020, 6:16 PM EDT


Microsoft has recently tweeted that they are shutting down their streaming platform Mixer. Starting from 2017 (originally 2016, when it was named Beam), this Seattle-based streaming platform had grown immensely popular. It had some pretty big names attached to it, including Ninja and Shroud.

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Microsoft will be partnering with Facebook Gaming from now on. The existing partners and streamers of Mixer will be transferred to Facebook Gaming as well. The official handle for Mixer announced this on Twitter yesterday.

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Head of Gaming explains this transition

Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of gaming, talked about this transition in an interview with The Verge

“I think the Mixer community is really going to benefit from the broad audience that Facebook has through their properties, and the abilities to reach gamers in a very seamless way through the social platform Facebook has.”

In another Tweet, mixer makes the position of the present partners and streamers pretty clear.

It is evident that Microsoft is trying to make the transition as smooth as possible for partners and streamers while keeping the monetary status intact.

Ninja, undoubtedly its biggest attraction, will now have to make some major changes unless he decides to stay with Facebook Gaming.

Mixer had managed to pry away another gem from Twitch in the form of Shroud.

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The large scope of Facebook Gaming will benefit Cloud

This transition is a calculated move on Microsoft’s part. By changing the platform from Mixer to Facebook Gaming, they have considerably broadened the scale of viewers. Users with outstanding Ember balances, channel subscriptions, or Mixer Pro subscriptions will receive Xbox gift card credit.

Moreover, xCloud is an integral part of this partnership with Facebook Gaming.

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This is exactly the platform Microsoft needed to launch its upcoming streaming service, xCloud. Microsoft will be working with Facebook Gaming to bring xCloud to this platform.

 “When we think about xCloud and the opportunity to unlock gameplay for 2 billion players, we know it’s going be critically important that our services find large audiences and Facebook clearly gives us that opportunity”, says Phil Spencer.

Spencer says that it will not be long before we see this streaming service show up on Facebook Gaming. He also added that Microsoft Teams will be using elements of the Mixer tech to improve real-time interactivity and low-latency streaming on the new platforms.

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Samyarup Chowdhury

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Samyarup Chowdhury is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since June 2020. An avid gamer since his childhood, Samyarup has played many titles such as GTA Vice City, IGI, and FIFA, among others. Currently, he is a rather defensive fan of Valorant and the Assassin's Creed franchise.

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