Ninja started streaming Fortnite on Twitch on Wednesday morning, but is he back full-time?
No. No he is not. At least not yet.
Ninja did something similar in early July when he started streaming live on YouTube. Esports reporter Rod Breslau said at the time, “Ninja is currently negotiating with streaming platforms and no exclusive deal has been signed yet.” That’s still the case even with Wednesday’s Twitch stream.
At the beginning of the stream, Ninja explained that this stream “came about in two seconds.”
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He also explained that his relationship with streaming platforms is “complicated.”
“I have something of a thing, but not really,” Ninja said jokingly. “I get to see other people.”
Dr. Lupo, who was streaming alongside Ninja, joked that if this were on Facebook, Ninja would describe his relationship status as “it’s complicated.”
Ninja proved that he still has a loyal following as he gathered nearly 100,000 viewers in the first 10 minutes after his return. While he’s been away on Twitch for over a year, at 14.8 million, he’s still by far the most followed user on the platform. The person in second place (Tfue) has 8.8 million followers.
At the end of the stream, Ninja said he wants to stream full-time again soon.
“I can’t really say too much, but I had a blast streaming. And I think it’s kind of solidified today how much I’m missing. I actually missed Fortnite there and I missed Warzone,” said Ninja. “I’ll be streaming soon. And I love you. Thanks guys for watching. “
Ninja has been a streaming free agent since Mixer quit in June. He got the chance to get a high salary at Facebook Gaming as Mixer merged there after the end, but chose to take his time and make the best decision for his career. Ninja reportedly received a buyout worth about $ 30 million from Mixer.
While nothing has been official about where Ninja is going, two logical options are Twitch or YouTube. It’s no surprise that these are the first two platforms he’s been streaming on since becoming a free agent.
Twitch is known as a streaming platform and Ninja has already built up a loyal following there. As we mentioned earlier, he has 14.8 million followers on Twitch, despite not streaming for a full year there. He also has an active YouTube page, where he has 24 million subscribers. He had over 130,000 viewers on YouTube during his stream there, so it’s clearly a viable platform.
While YouTube isn’t known as the dominant live streaming platform that is Twitch, YouTube has made strides in gaming by contracting top talent in recent years. Streamers like CouRageJD, Valkyrae and Lachlan have boosted YouTube status.
While Ninja continues to stream on platforms, it looks like his return to full-time streaming will be in the near future. But nothing has been confirmed about when Ninja will make his decision or where he will end up.