Microsoft is shutting down its video game livestreaming service, Mixer. Starting today, current Mixer streamers have one month to begin transitioning over to Microsoft’s new streaming partner, Facebook Gaming.
Mixer allegedly was not meeting growth expectations, even after taking on several big-name streamers like Shroud and Ninja. According to Microsoft, Mixer’s inability to grow to scale ultimately led to the service being shuttered. “It became clear that the time needed to grow our own livestreaming community to scale was out of measure with the vision and experiences that Microsoft and Xbox want to deliver for gamers now, so we’ve decided to close the operations side of Mixer and help the community transition to a new platform.”
Mixer Partners, streamers, and community – today, we've got some very big news for you.
While we’ve decided to close the operations side of Mixer, we're officially partnering with @FacebookGaming and we're cordially inviting all of you to join.
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— Mixer (@WatchMixer) June 22, 2020
The news came as a surprise to many Mixer streamers who, starting today, have one month to move their stream content over to Facebook Gaming. Current Mixer partners will have partner status upon moving to Facebook Gaming, if they choose to do so. Streamers who took part in Mixer’s open monetization program will be eligible for the Facebook Gaming Level Up Program.
Mixer will officially close its virtual doors on July 22, 2020, after which all Mixer services and apps will automatically redirect to Facebook Gaming. Mixer broadcasts on Xbox One will cease temporarily as well. Visit Microsoft’s latest blog post for more information on Mixer’s shutdown.