Microsoft announced Monday that it was shutting down operations of its video game live-streaming service, Mixer. In a statement, the company revealed that it will now partner with Facebook Gaming for future streaming events.

Mixer stated that, “Ultimately, the success of Partners and streamers on Mixer is dependent on our ability to scale the platform. . . . It became clear that the time needed to grow our own live streaming community to scale was out of measure with the vision . . . [we] 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.”

In the site’s FAQ, they stated that past streams will be available for viewing until July 22. After that date, streamers will need to submit requests in writing to access videos.

Streaming Wars

Mixer was seen as an attempt to take on streaming giant, Twitch. Last year, Microsoft made big waves when they announced that they had signed one of the biggest names in streaming. Tyler Blevins or “Ninja” revealed that he had agreed to an exclusive contract. This news surprised the streaming community and led many to wonder if this would land a blow to Twitch’s dominance in the market. CNN has estimated that Blevins’ contract was worth “somewhere in the range of $20 to $30 million.”

On Monday, The Verge reported that the streamers who signed on to exclusively stream with Mixer have now been released from their contracts. This means they are free to move back to Twitch or another site.

It’s not yet clear what service Blevins will use to stream. On Twitter, he said, “I have some decisions to make and will be thinking about you all as I make them.”

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