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Ninja’s move to mixer has cost him 30% of his audience on average

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When Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins moved over to Mixer, the announcement shook the gaming industry.

Twitch has been the leader in video game streams for a long time and is the platform that the majority of English-speaking streamers use to broadcast.

And for eight years, that included Ninja. First with Halo and then famously with Fortnite, Ninja built up one of the largest channels on Twitch. He became one of the first streamers to really transcend the platform by appearing in mainstream media on Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen along with national ad campaigns.

That positioned him in a unique place to actually be able to move his audience over to a different platform. It hasn’t been confirmed how much money Ninja received from Microsoft to move over to their Mixer platform, but it’s safe to say it was a hefty sum.

Hopefully it makes up for the downturn in audience. Since moving over to Mixer, Ninja’s streams have lost an average of 11,300 viewers according to stats compiled by TwitchTracker.

Ninja’s Mixer audience down since leaving Twitch

His average on Twitch was 37,702, on Mixer it is 26,438. Those stats are a bit distorted as well, Ninja’s first stream on Mixer reached a peak of about 85,000 viewers while his most recent complete stream peaked at 18,000.

This graph from TwitchTracker shows how the Mixer audience moves with Ninja’s streams

Ninja is only in his tenth full stream on Mixer so any fluctuations in that number can really affect his averages. While his viewers may be trending in the wrong direction, that’s to be expected given the size of Mixer.

Mixer’s viewership is 21 times smaller than Twitch’s, which means a loss in audience is just part of the deal. Right now, Ninja accounts for 33% of Mixer’s total audience while on Twitch in July he accounted for just 2.2% of the hours viewed on Twitch.

The streaming world is complex and Ninja made a calculated decision when he left Twitch to move to Mixer. In the end, this move will be great for the esports & streaming industries as having more competition always leads to better improvements in the companies themselves.

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Clix threatened with Fortnite ban for hosting wagers

Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod received a warning from Epic Games that he would be banned if he didn’t stop hosting Fortnite wagers.

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Clix threatened with Fortnite ban

Fortnite star, Clix, recently received a personal warning from Epic Games that they would ban his account if he continued to host wagers with his viewers.

Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod was a part of the second generation of Fortnite pros who came up on Twitch after figures like Ninja and Tfue left the game. Out of the “newer” crop of Fortnite streamers, Clix is among the most popular – if not the most popular – streamers in the game.

The meta of Fortnite streaming changed after the old guard left. Instead of watching lighthearted pub-stomping content, viewers began to watch true pro Fortnite players who would scrimmage, box fight, and compete on-stream nearly every day.

One of the methods of competition was wager matches. Players would join a custom Zone Wars or box fight map and bet money that they’d win. Pros would often play one another with this format, but would also open the door to viewers – allowing them to compete against their favorite streamer.

This practice was relatively common in Fortnite, but Epic Games never supported it – for obvious reasons. There was always talk of a crack-down on Fortnite wagers, but nothing ever happened.

That was until recently when Clix was hosting wagers with his viewers on-stream. According to him, someone from Epic Games reached out to NRG – Clix’s organization – to tell them that if Clix continued to host wagers, he’d be banned.

Clix immediately stopped his wagers and told any viewers who signed up that he’d refund them. Clearly frustrated and dejected, Clix complained that Epic seemed to decide to crack down on him and let other streamers slide.

“I’m not even mad that they’re telling me to stop wagering. I get it,” he said. “The thing is, why me and nobody else? The whole com[munity] does wagers and I get warned.”

This warning comes on the heels of Epic banning high-level paid scrimmages at the beginning of the year. Epic cracked down on some of the biggest scrims in all regions for their format – a pay-to-enter system that Epic didn’t want to see continue.

Now, with the banning of wager matches, a lot of the top pro players feel as though there’s little for them to do in Fortnite. Clix echoed this sentiment in a follow-up tweet, saying that he “won’t be able to play Arena with the amount of f***ing stream snipers.”

The banning of wagers and scrims and the addition of some disliked weapons like the Primal Shotgun prompted Fortnite players to rage on Twitter, with the hashtag #ripfortnite hitting the trending tab – not for the first time.

It’s understandable that Epic don’t want largely underage players gambling money on their game. The combination of wager bans and scrim bans has fueled the frustration of pro players in a game that offers little in the way of official competition formats during the off-season.

With one of the biggest streamers in Fortnite getting a warning, we wouldn’t be surprised to see wagers die-off in the Fortnite community. Hopefully, Epic can replace these unofficial competition settings with some of their own.

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Lazarbeam Fortnite skin: release date, first look & more

Lazarbeam is getting a Fortnite skin in the Fortnite Icon Series. Take a look at the new skin, bundle, and release date.

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Fortnite Lazarbeam skin

On March 1, Epic Games and Lazarbeam announced that they Australian YouTube star would be the next creator to be included in the Fortnite Icon Series with a new skin bundle.

The Fortnite Icon Series gives creators a way to become immortalized in one of their favorite video games: Fortnite. This began with one of the pioneers of Fortnite, Ninja, and has since expanded to include Loserfruit, Lachlan, and TheGrefg.

It looks like popular Australian YouTuber and streamer, Lannan “Lazarbeam” Eacott will be the next creator featured in the series. He first teased the announcement with a scheduled video, then showcased his skin at 5:00 PM EST on March 1.

Lazarbeam Fortnite skin release date

Lazarbeam’s Fortnite Icon Series skin should hit the Item Shop on March 4. He also mentioned some giveaways, which could relate to his YouTube channel or a limited-time tournament, similar to TheGrefg’s Floor is Lava event.

The bundle will come with a skin, and additional variant, the Gingerbread construction worker Back Bling, a sledgehammer pickaxe and an emote that may or may not be built into the outfit.

Fortnite Lazarbeam skin

We’ll update you when we get closer to the release date of Lazarbeam’s Fortnite skin. We should see some datamined images of the skin in the next Fortnite patch, so stay tuned for that as well.

In the meantime, make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL so you never miss out on the latest Fortnite news.

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Lazarbeam teases new Fortnite Icon Series skin

Is Lazarbeam getting a Fortnite skin? That’s what the internet is wondering after the YouTuber teased an announcement on March 1.

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Lazarbeam Fortnite Icon Series

Is Lazarbeam getting a Fortnite skin? We explore the YouTuber’s new teaser and supporting evidence of an Icon Series skin.

Since the release of Ninja’s Fortnite skin, fans of the game have been speculating about which creators could be next. We’ve now seen Loserfruit, Lachlan, and TheGrefg receive skins in Fortnite, along with celebrities like Travis Scott and Marshmello.

There are still some big names left on the board. Streamers like Nick Eh 30 and SypherPK have received bundles for their most-used items, but who will be the next creator to enter the Icon Series?

Well, according to Lazarbeam, it could be him.

Lazarbeam Icon Series Skin

On March 1, Lazarbeam scheduled a video entitled, “MY FORTNITE SKIN REVEAL.” Fans immediately wondered whether or not the Australian YouTuber – known for his gags – was pulling a fast one on his fanbase.

We still don’t know whether or not this announcement is legitimate, but the early signs point to it being the real deal. Lazarbeam even assured his followers that it isn’t clickbait.

Fortnite data miner, iFireMonkey, added further legitimacy to the announcement by looking at the files for the planned video.

“The Lazarbeam Icon Series video appears to be only 2 Minutes and 25 Seconds long according to the videos content details,” he wrote on Twitter. “Due to the video length being pretty short, I would say this is 99% confirmed to be his icon series skin.”

The video is scheduled to release at 5:00 PM EST (2:00 PST), so we’ll know more when we can watch Lazarbeam’s announcement.

If this is Lazarbeam’s entrance to the Icon Series, it would be the first time that a creator revealed their skin before it was leaked. This could be why Epic and Lazarbeam are announcing it now – before it enters the game files for data miners to find.

Of course, there’s still a small chance that we’re one of the many fans who are taking the bait. We’ll let you know when we see the video in a few hours.

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