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Xbox exec says Mixer ‘won’t just become’ Facebook Gaming on console
Platform holder wants to offer “a choice of where to stream”
Xbox’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb has suggested that Microsoft won’t simply switch Mixer for Facebook Gaming on console, following Microsoft’s decision to close its streaming platform.
Microsoft announced it was closing the Mixer streaming service and transitioning all users to Facebook Gaming in a statement on Monday.
Speaking to fans on Reddit following the news, director of programming Hyrb said: “If you are asking if the current Mixer integration in the dashboard is just going to become Facebook Gaming. The answer is no.”
The comment was made in a thread about a Phil Spencer tweet, in which the Head of Xbox said “we absolutely want to give gamers choice of where to stream from Xbox.”
From July 22, all Mixer sites and apps will redirect users to Facebook Gaming.
Mixer Partners will be granted partner status with Facebook Gaming, and the platform will honour and match all existing Partner agreements “as closely as possible,” according to Microsoft.
In a statement published on the Xbox website, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said the service had failed to grow in line with its expectations.
Microsoft confirmed to Business Insider that major streamers Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek were now free agents and had received their full pay-out before leaving Mixer.
According to an industry insider, the pair had received payouts in the tens of millions following Microsoft’s decision to close Mixer and release them from their exclusivity contracts.