Ninja started streaming Fortnite on Wednesday morning, but is he full time again?
No he is not. At least not now.
Ninja did a similar thing in early July when he started streaming live on YouTube. Sports reporter Rod Breslau said at the time: “Ninja is currently in negotiations with streaming platforms and an exclusive contract has not yet been signed.” This is still the case with the Twitch stream on Wednesday too.
Shortly before the stream started, Ninja stated that this stream “came about in two seconds”.
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He also stated that his relationship with streaming platforms was “complicated”.
“I’m a bit like one thing, but not really,” said Ninja, half jokingly. “I can see other people.”
Dr. Lupo, who flocked next to Ninja, joked that if this were on Facebook, Ninja would refer to his relationship status as “it’s complicated”.
Ninja has proven he still has a loyal following as it garnered nearly 100,000 viewers within the first 10 minutes of his return. Although he’s been on Twitch for more than a year, he’s still by far the most visited user on the platform at 14.8 million. The person in second place (Tfue) has 8.8 million followers.
At the end of the stream, Ninja said he wanted to go back to streaming all day soon.
“I can’t really say much, but I’ve had a lot of streaming. And I think today it kind of solidified how much I miss it. I actually missed playing Fortnite right there, and I missed it, Warzone to play, “said Ninja. “I’ll be streaming soon. And I love you guys. Thanks guys for watching.”
Ninja has been a streaming free agent since Mixer shut down in June. He had the opportunity to work on a high salary at Facebook Gaming as Mixer merged there after he left but decided to take his time and make the best decision for his career. Ninja reportedly received a buyout of around $ 30 million from Mixer.
While there hasn’t been anything official about where Ninja will go next, its two logical options are Twitch or YouTube. It’s no surprise that these are the first two platforms he has streamed on since becoming a free agent.
Twitch is known as a streaming platform and Ninja has already built a loyal following there. As mentioned earlier, he has 14.8 million followers on Twitch, even though he hasn’t streamed there for a full year. He also has an active YouTube page that has 24 million subscribers. He had over 130,000 viewers on YouTube while he was streaming there, so it’s clearly a viable platform.
While YouTube is not known as Twitch’s dominant live streaming platform, YouTube has made strides in gaming over the past few years by signing top talent. Streamers like CouRageJD, Valkyrae, and Lachlan have helped improve the status of YouTube.
With Ninja continuing to stream on platforms, it seems like his return to full-time streaming will be in the near future. However, nothing has been confirmed about when ninja will make his decision or where he will eventually land.