Nick “Nickmercs” Kolcheff, one of many largest streamers on Twitch, has signed a deal to proceed streaming solely on the Amazon-owned streaming platform. The deal locks down certainly one of Twitch’s most vital creators for the foreseeable future, and it comes at a very vital time, since Twitch misplaced two main streamers to YouTube Gaming in September.
Simply to provide you an concept of simply how massive Kolcheff is, the unofficial metrics site TwitchTracker says he has greater than 28,000 subscribers, making him one of many most-subscribed streamers on the platform. If he had been satisfied to stream on one other web site, it will have been a giant blow for Twitch.
The streaming expertise wars kicked off in August 2019, when Tyler “Ninja” Blevins defected from Twitch to the Microsoft-owned streaming platform Mixer. That led to an intense interval of streamer shuffling as a few of the largest gamers signed unique offers with Twitch, Mixer, and different platforms like YouTube Gaming and Facebook Gaming.
Whereas the deal-making has cooled as of late (partially as a result of Microsoft shut down Mixer, eradicating a whole streaming platform from the market) in current weeks, the ecosystem has proven indicators of shifting once more. In September, Ben “DrLupo” Lupo and Tim “TimTheTatman” Betar introduced unique streaming offers with YouTube Gaming inside days of one another — and practically two years after they’d signed deals with Twitch.
In response to an emailed query about whether or not or not he thought of switching from Twitch, Kolcheff mentioned “sure and no,” and highlighted how he produces content material on different platforms day by day. “That mentioned, there may be at present nothing like streaming on Twitch,” he added.
Phrases weren’t disclosed for Kolcheff’s new Twitch deal. However I’d guess that Twitch could have dug deep into its coffers to entice him to stay round.