14-year-old Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler, who recently signed with FaZe Clan over the summer during the Fortnite World Cup, announced via Twitter that the Fortnite streamer has officially agreed to an exclusive streaming deal with Microsoft’s new streaming platform, Mixer, a direct competitor of Twitch, Ewok’s former streaming platform of choice.
Microsoft’s official Mixer Twitter account confirmed the news with a “Welcome Ewok” banner and welcome tweet after sharing the streamer’s original tweet.
Ewok has been a fan favorite on Twitch, as her age and disability provides a different perspective for esports fans, while also making her an anomaly amongst other high-profile players. Her rise in popularity has garnered the attention of other professional players such as Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo before earning her sport alongside FaZe Clan.
The news of Ewok leaving Twitch comes after the platform has lost top streamers by the likes of Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek, and Cory "Gothalion" Michael within three months of each other to its rival Mixer. The recent moves have left many streaming fans wondering who else might be considering a change in platform, though few can say for certain.
Though no official terms of any of the new partnerships have been released to the public as of yet, some suggest Microsoft may be offering its streamers financial and viewership stability that Twitch cannot offer its streamers. Ninja's wife and manager, Jessica Blevins, has recently stated that Twitch was limiting potential licensing deals with Ninja and was unresponsive to any requests from Ninja’s team.