Esports consultant and journalist Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau claims that more big name Twitch streamers are set to leave the platform, following Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop’s announcement that he’s moving to stream exclusively on YouTube.
CouRage is the third major name to leave the platform this year after Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek and Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins signed deals with Mixer. As Slasher points out, all three of the star streamers are represented by the same talent agency, Loaded. He says that sources have informed him that “nearly all of Loaded’s clients are in current negotiations with other streaming platforms, most of them with Mixer.” He does also state that some have also negotiated deals to stay on Twitch, but it sounds as if many could be on their way out.
As well as CouRage, Ninja and Shroud, Loaded also have the likes of Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo, Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar and Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar on their books. These loss of these three in particular would be a massive blow to Twitch, as they are all within the top ten most followed streamers on the platform right now.
nearly all of Loaded’s clients are in current negotiations with other streamer platforms, most of them with Mixer, or have already signed deals to stay at Twitch, sources say
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) November 4, 2019
While not part of the Loaded family, there has also been speculation that Twitch’s most popular female streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys could be heading to Mixer after she teased that she is going going to make an announcement soon during a broadcast.
While Twitch is still the dominant force for viewership and engagement with streamers, if deals such as CouRage’s become more frequent, that dominance could start to slip away. If what Slasher’s sources say is true, then we could be about to see a mass exodus from Twitch.