Today, popular Fortnite streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins made waves when he announced that he was leaving Twitch to stream exclusively on Mixer, Microsoft's own streaming platform. His announcement came in the form of a faux-press conference video where he answered questions about this change, explaining that Mixer will allow him to go back to his roots and that he will continue to deliver the same quality of content. However, one question that Ninja completely avoids is the contract and pay for jumping to Mixer.
Ninja has made tons of money streaming on Twitch, as one recent interview revealed that he made nearly $10 million playing Fortnite on the service in 2018. In other words, Mixer had to make a substantial offer, with another Twitch streamer known as Forsen weighing in on details of Ninja's contract. It's worth highlighting that this is purely speculation and estimation on Forsen's part, but given that he has been streaming since 2011, he may very well have some unique insight into the matter.
For the uninitiated, Forsen (whose real name is Sebastian Hans Eli Fos) is a Swedish Twitch streamer known for playing Starcraft 2 and Hearthstone. Forsen has found himself involved in several controversial memes and internet sensations, but was the 17th largest streamer on Twitch by subscriber count in early 2019. So, it stands to reason that Forsen's estimates on Ninja's contract are likely in the ballpark area of the real deal.
Forsen states that the contract is most likely a 3-year deal because anything shorter is not worthwhile and anything longer would run the risk of missing out of any major esports trends that pop up in the next few years. Furthermore, Forsen estimates that Ninja's contract is between $6-8 million dollars, which when combined with sponsorships, likely keeps him making at least the same amount of money he was as Twitch.
Although the exact shaking of hands is unclear, Ninja made it well-known in his announcement video that his sponsorships were remaining. In fact, he takes a question from a Red Bull cooler at one point, with the streamer praising it for asking him the best question he's ever been asked. And while this move could prove to be a major shift in the streaming world, it seems safe to say Ninja's bottom line is as safe as it has ever been without Twitch.