Microsoft shutting down Mixer after spending MILLIONS on Fortnite pro Ninja – will tell people to use Facebook Gaming
MICROSOFT is abandoning its gaming app Mixer thanks to a new deal with Facebook.
The closure of the live-streaming service has come as a shock to some as they found out the news from a stream of tweets.
Mixer Partners, streamers, and community – today, we’ve got some very big news for you.
While we’ve decided to close the operations side of Mixer, we’re officially partnering with @FacebookGaming and we’re cordially inviting all of you to join.
— Mixer (@WatchMixer) June 22, 2020
I love my community and what we built together on Mixer. I have some decisions to make and will be thinking about you all as I make them.
— Ninja (@Ninja) June 22, 2020
Microsoft has said that Mixer will close in one month’s time.
The platform made headlines last year when it signed what was rumoured to be a multi million dollar deal with gaming star and Fornite Pro Ninja.
Despite being signed to Mixer for less than a year, Ninja and other major gamers will not be held to the exclusivity contracts.
Microsoft is now partnering with and promoting Facebook Gaming and is ‘inviting’ all Mixer users to join.
Mixer’s website and app will begin directing users to Facebook gaming from July 22.
Microsoft will be bringing its xCloud games-streaming service to Facebook.
Those in Mixer’s partner programme will be granted partner status for Facebook Gaming.
However, this will only happen if they decide they want to move to the platform.
Mixer said: “Ultimately, the success of partners and streamers on Mixer is dependent on our ability to scale the platform for them as quickly and broadly as possible.
“It became clear that the time needed to grow our own livestreaming community to scale was out of measure with the vision and experiences that Microsoft and Xbox want to deliver for gamers now, so we’ve decided to close the operations side of Mixer and help the community transition to a new platform.”
Facebook’s large global reach seems to be what drew Microsoft to the deal.
Xbox chief Phil Spencer said in a different statement that a wider agreement between Xbox and Facebook had been made.
He added: “In the meantime, we will continue to invest time, energy, and resources to bring Project xCloud to global scale through Azure.
“We’re always testing new features and learning, and we’re excited to explore further as we look to debut click-to-play scenarios within the Facebook Gaming and Instagram communities.”
Partnered streamers who do want to move to Facebook Gaming need to start filling out a form so that Facebook can match “all existing Partner agreements as closely as possible”.
Facebook has said it wants to make the transition as easy as possible.
What is Fortnite, anyway?
FORTNITE is an online video game played by up to 250 million people across the world.
In it, 100 players compete on their own or with a small group of pals to grab weapons, gather resources and build defences, before fighting it out to be the last man (or team) standing.
Matches take about 20 minutes, and you can drop into a new game within seconds of your previous one finishing.
It’s bright, it’s cartoony and it’s fiendishly compelling.
Skill is rewarded but luck also plays a huge role, meaning no two games are ever the same and everyone feels like they have a chance of winning.
Fortnite has also made its developer billions.
In Europe it’s rated 12+, meaning it’s suitable for those aged 12 and up.
The battle royale mode is free to play, but there is also a story-driven single player and co-op mode called Save The World that players have to pay for.
Pop culture crossover events are very common because of the game’s huge audience.
These involve players being able to buy themed outfits for the movie, TV show or brand, as well as getting some themed activities in-game to do too.
These might be new places to explore, new challenges to complete to win themed accessories, or new game modes that are loosely related to the theme of whatever is being crossed over with.
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