Today is a sad day for many people who stream exclusively on Mixer. As of 2:30 pm on June 22nd a tweet went out with a big announcement.
The platform originally known as Beam was created on January 5th 2016 by Matthew Salsamendi and James Boehm. The platform won the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in 2016. And with that win under their belt they earned $50,000 in equity free funding to get the platform going.
But it did not remain Beam for long. Because the platform got bought out by Microsoft on August 11th 2016. And merely one year later the title became Mixer. Streamers who knew the platform as Beam had a mixed reaction. Some swapped over to Twitch while others hunkered down through the shift. But from this date forward underneath Microsoft, Mixer got a steady increase in users and people. Being one of the few platforms that even stood a chance at rivaling Twitch.
The official news
And all of that leads up today’s sad news. Today, June 22nd 2020, Mixer announced Via twitter their plans. They detailed that they are closing Mixer operations. But they are partnering with Facebook gaming and invite streamers to join them on that platform. And on top of it all they announced not only will support be halting, but the platform will be gone in exactly one month.
So as of July 22nd 2020 Mixer will be completely out. Anyone trying to go to Mixer will be redirected to Facebook Gaming. This is pulling the rug out under an entire platform and with only one month to flee. And while the community isn’t as large as Twitch, there are people who rely on the money from it. And now all these people are going to have these funds ripped away from them.
Mixer streamer supports
But it’s not all doom and gloom over this change. While the platform has failed their users and the people who rely on it, there is support. The streaming community has stepped up to fill the gap in help left by Mixer.
So in light of these events people are assisting to the best of their ability. The popular streamer known as Diction has offered to assist people starting over. Also the Chief Community Officer of GFuel also offered assistance to streamers from mixer. And there is also the streaming team known as R3Vision that is offering some assistance.
So there are avenues for help and I urge all Mixer streamers affected by this to seek them out. And these tweets aren’t all of the help out there. So while this is a massive drop for Mixer Streamers, it has a bright spot. And all we can do is support each other as a streaming community, making it easier to transition.