Popular streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins returned to streaming via Twitch on Wednesday, marking the first time he's appeared on the platform since he signed an exclusive deal with Microsoft-backed competitor Mixer.
Ninja Returns to Twitch Following Mixer Collapse
Ninja characterized the stream as an off-the-cuff happening rather than as a full-time return to the platform, playing Fortnite alongside fellow streaming superstar Benjamin "DrLupo" Lupo. He streamed on YouTube in July, indicating both streams were tests of the water. He has yet to commit to a deal with either platform.
Ninja's reportedly $20-30 million deal with Mixer, signed in Aug. 2019, marked the first major talent acquisition by a streaming platform and a shot across Twitch's bow. Since Mixer's closure in July, Ninja has largely remained out of the public eye. A profile in the Hollywood Reporter revealed he and his management team were working to get him opportunities in Hollywood. He reportedly has a cameo in the Ryan Reynolds vehicle Free Guy.