Popular streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is returning to his former live streaming home, Twitch. The two parties have signed a multi-year contract in which Ninja is streamed exclusively via Amazon’s own service. Before he left the platform, he was one of the most successful game streamers in history.
“I look forward to returning to streaming full-time and connecting with my loyal fan base,” Ninja said in a statement. “I really took the time to decide which platform was best, and Twitch supported me throughout this process and understood my overall career goals. In this next chapter, I’ll point out how to uplift underrepresented creators and turn their eyes to them give.”
This happens almost three months after Ninja’s former home base Mixer was closed in favor of a Facebook gaming partnership. Ninja signed an exclusive contract with Microsoft’s live streaming service in August 2019, and a few months later with well-known streamer and former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition player Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek. Shroud returned to Twitch in August 2020. Those who didn’t switch to another platform had the option to stream on Facebook instead, as Microsoft had partnered with the company. They were also reportedly offered huge payouts.
“We’re thrilled to have Ninja return to Twitch,” said Michael Aragon, Twitch senior vice president of content. “Tyler is an icon in the gaming community and it was amazing to see the impact he is making on the industry and wider culture. Gaming – and the people who love it – are now being recognized by a broad mainstream audience about Tyler, and we know he’s just getting started. “
The details of the deal between Twitch and Ninja, how much it will cost and how long it will take, remain unclear for now. Ninja currently has 15 million followers on Twitch. He played Valorant on his return, but is best known for Fortnite. Before his rise to streaming, he was a competitive gamer who specialized in Halo.