YouTube Gaming has signed Fortnite stars Lazarbeam, Muselk, and Valkyrae to their exclusive streaming roster.
Streaming competition has been heating up in the past few months, with Mixer and YouTube signing several high-profile streamers away from Twitch.
It all started with Ninja, who announced his move to Mixer on August 1, 2019. Shroud followed, and later Ewok and KingGothalion signed with the platform. Twitch resigned the likes of NickMercs, DrLupo, and TimtheTatMan while Youtube signed CourageJD away from Twitch.
Now, YouTube has added three new Fortnite stars to their exclusive roster. Rachell ‘Valkyrae’ Hofstetter, Lannan ‘Lazarbeam’ Eacott, and Elliot ‘Muselk’ Watkins have all announced that their exclusive streaming deals with YouTube.
Valkyrae is one of the top Fortnite streamers in the community and the first female to be signed by gaming organization 100 Thieves. She now streams a variety of games while making vlogs for her channel.
Hofstetter will continue her streaming journey on YouTube. Her channel already has 823,000 subscribers at the time of her announcement.
Current YouTubers Muselk and Lazarbeam will join the exclusive YouTube Gaming roster alongside Valkyrae. Both of these creators are already well-known for their video content but have committed to streaming once a week on the platform.
Unlike Valkyrae, the Australian creators have called YouTube home for the bulk of their careers. Lazarbeam was one of the top-ten gaming YouTube channels in the world in 2019.
The trio of Fortnite players joining YouTube shows just how competitive the streaming market is becoming. Yes, only one of them has left Twitch, but the exclusive deals are heating up as many of the top names in gaming are coming off of the board.
We still have our eyes on a few Fortnite streamers who have yet to declare their allegiance. People like Tfue, Myth, and SypherPK have yet to sign exclusive contracts to keep them on the platform.
Everyone is wondering: who’s next to leave Twitch? Only time will tell.