Following their decision to close down the Mixer streaming platform, a number of people have understandably had a lot of questions for Microsoft about what will happen as they now partner themselves with Facebook Gaming as a third party alternative.
Answering questions on Reddit, Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has cleared up a handful of key facts that have been concerning end users.
We certainly are not doing that now, and no plans to do that.
Edit: I got a few messages asking some questions. We are committed to respecting your privacy and personal information. Unless a Mixer streamer takes action to ask Microsoft to share data with a platform, no Mixer streamer personal information will be shared.
The implication here is that, as Mixer approaches its 22nd July end date, and the shift that will see Mixer links redirecting to Facebook Gaming, they will be given the option to transition your account.
Further to this, users were worried that Microsoft would start to force Facebook Gaming on their users, integrating it into the Xbox One dashboard as they had done with Mixer. That in an of itself was controversial back in 2017, but thankfully Microsoft are taking a different approach this time.
If you are asking if the current Mixer integration in the dashboard is just going to become Facebook gaming. The answer is no.
This does leave the door open to cross-promotion, but the same style of deep integration with mixer does seem to be off the table.
The removal of Mixer will mean that there’s no built-in streaming option on the console after 22nd July. However, there are still ways to stream. You can download the Twitch app on the system and stream via that, or turn to external streaming solutions via PC-based capture devices and software such as OBS and Xsplit.
The decision to close Mixer has been a pretty major capitulation, after Microsoft invested heavily in the technology behind Mixer, launching in 2017 with a focus on lower latency streaming. They then threw millions and millions of dollars at high profile Twitch streamers to lure them to the platform. Those big names, including Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Cory “King Gothalion” Michael, and Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek are now free to return to Twitch or transition to Facebook Gaming.
Ninja and Shroud reportedly turned down lucrative offers from Facebook, pocketing $30 million and $10 million respectively for early contract termination by Mixer. Meanwhile, regular partners have reportedly been offered $2500 to sign and stay with Facebook for at least 90 days.
The shuttering of Mixer came just a day after Black ex-Mixer employee Milan K Lee relayed his experiences with racism and during his two years at the company. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer tackled the issue head on, offering to speak with Lee, which he agreed to.
Thank you for coming forward and sharing your experience. If willing, can we connect so I can learn and understand more? Racism will not be tolerated on our teams or on our services.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) June 22, 2020
While likely coincidental timing, it will be interesting to learn if and how that played into the decision to shut Mixer down.
Needless to say, it’s an awful position for streamers that have worked hard to build up a community on Mixer, with it often being difficult to take that audience with you to other platforms. Heck, if Ninja couldn’t do it at the height of his Fortnite streaming fame, then imagine the ability of smaller streamers to do so.
Source: MajorNelson via Reddit