Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag, CEO of 100 Thieves, has willingly stepped down as a Twitch partner five years after his return to the platform from MLG.tv.
This likely comes as a result of the Call of Duty League (CDL) exclusivity deal with Twitch's up-and-coming stream platform rival, YouTube Gaming. Activision Blizzard Entertainment struck a deal with YouTube in January 2020, effectively confining official streams of the Overwatch League, Hearthstone Competitive and CDL to the platform for the next few years.
Nadeshot Leaves Twitch Partnership for YouTube to Co-Stream Call of Duty League
Stepping away from the Twitch Partnership Program doesn't necessarily mean the influencer is leaving the platform entirely. Nadeshot is currently running a Warzone Invitational Tournament to be broadcast on Twitch with a prize pool of $100,000 USD on Tuesday, May 18 into Wednesday, May 19. For now, however, he will simply be marked as an Affiliate instead of bearing the little purple checkmark beside his username.
In fact, this may be the best move for Nadeshot with circumstances between platforms being what they are. The act of leaving the program opens up the opportunity for Nadeshot to continue to hang out on Twitch without missing out on the CDL exclusivity on YouTube. He will be able to swap between the platforms and co-stream CDL matches without invoking ire from either side.
When content creators enter the Partnership Program, they are essentially signing an agreement to host their streams solely on Twitch in return for on-platform verification, channel customization, and advertising revenue. However, given Nadeshot's popularity and position at the top of 100 Thieves, it's unlikely he'll be hurting as an Affiliate.
There is no concrete information regarding when he plans to host his first CDL co-stream on YouTube Gaming at the time of writing.