Following yesterday’s announcement that Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek would be leaving Twitch to stream exclusively on Mixer, one of Twitch’s biggest names Guy ‘Dr DisRespect’ Beahm gave his damning opinions on Microsoft’s streaming site.
The Doc, who has the ninth most followed channel on Twitch, wished Shroud good luck on his move, but not before going on a nearly four minute tirade about how Mixer was still inferior to Twitch. The rant, which happened within the first twenty minutes of Dr DisRespect’s 24 hour livestream of the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game, slammed Mixer’s approach of poaching big name personalities and claimed they are failing in their attempts to drive audience engagement.
He also alleges that he had been approached by Mixer before they secured the deal with Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and that he was one of the first names they wanted to try and lure away from Twitch. This claim, however, should be taken with a pinch of salt, as the Doc has a habit of over-exaggeration.
“I was the first one there, in Washington,” Dr D says after being asked about which streamer could be leaving Twitch next. “Before this guy [Ninja], before Shroud… They wanted the number one, and I said ‘wrong.’”
He went on to slam the strategy Microsoft (Mixer’s owners) are using and claimed that he would never leave for Mixer as Twitch was superior in audience engagement. He says that “millions of minutes watched is the number one metric… and it’s right here on Twitch.”
It is definitely true that Mixer is currently far less popular than Twitch and that the likes of Ninja and Shroud will see decreased viewership and following than they would if they had stayed put.
Ninja, who was the most followed streamer by some way on Twitch with over 14 million followers, has only managed to reach 2.4 million in the two months he’s been at Mixer, despite being the most popular and recognisable gamer in the world.
However, as was revealed in an interview with Ninja’s wife and manager Jess Blevins, the main reasons for the switch weren’t to necessarily get more viewers or more money. She claimed that Twitch were making it difficult to grow Ninja’s brand beyond streaming and that his massive community had become too toxic.
It appears that although engagement is considerably lower on Mixer, it does give a way out to the biggest names in the business who feel like they may have outgrown Twitch or who need a fresh start.
However, it seems the Doc is 100% committed to sticking with Twitch and that he definitely won’t be the next big name we see making the switch in platform.