When Tyler Blevins, who is best recognized in the video gaming world as Ninja, posted a cryptic tweet on Wednesday that appeared to trace at some type of announcement, his ardent followers thought he may reveal the form of big-dollar contract one would anticipate from baseball or basketball stars.
Instead, Mr. Blevins, who was left with out a web-based residence when the streaming platform Mixer introduced in June that it could shut down, performed video video games stay on YouTube and promised followers that extra streams had been coming “sooner rather than later.”
That Mr. Blevins may generate a flurry of hypothesis with one tweet speaks to the affect of one in all the world’s most well-known on-line personalities and to the growing reputation of high-profile players. Mr. Blevins has mentioned in interviews he want to be as well-known as the basketball star LeBron James.
On Wednesday, the 10th anniversary of the day Mr. James determined to signal with the Miami Heat, Mr. Blevins did the first livestream on his personal YouTube channel. He appeared with electrical blue hair alongside associates and performed the common sport Fortnite. At its peak, greater than 160,000 individuals tuned into Mr. Blevins’s 97-minute stream.
Fans and gaming information websites had been initially fast to declare that Mr. Blevins had completely landed on YouTube, however many pumped the brakes when it became unclear whether Mr. Blevins had inked a deal with the company.
Loyalists to Twitch, the Amazon-owned streaming platform, had begged Mr. Blevins to “come home” to the service, which he used as he rocketed to stardom several years ago before he signed a deal with Mixer, which is owned by Microsoft.
Mr. Blevins, who has said he makes more than $500,000 a month from streaming, has more than 14 million followers on Twitch — the most on the platform — despite not being active there since he left for Mixer last summer, reportedly making $20 to $30 million in the process.
He has nearly 24 million YouTube subscribers, though he said on his stream that he had never gone live on YouTube before Wednesday.
If Mr. Blevins does choose to stream exclusively on YouTube, it could provide a boost for YouTube’s gaming push. The platform recently signed the contentious star Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, to an exclusive contract, but trails Twitch overall in the fight to dominate the live gaming industry.
“The power in the livestreaming gaming industry has gradually shifted from the platforms to the creators,” said Doron Nir, the chief executive of the livestreaming services provider StreamElements, “since they now have more options for where to build their brand.”
Representatives for Mr. Blevins did not respond to a request for comment.
“We welcome any content from him,” said Talia Yates, a spokeswoman for YouTube, adding that the company would continue to work with Mr. Blevins to increase his presence on YouTube. She would not say whether Mr. Blevins had struck a deal with YouTube, which is owned by Google.
Mr. Nir said he would not be surprised if Mr. Blevins avoided limiting himself to a single platform.
“While lucrative exclusivity deals are commonplace,” he said, “we expect to see the rise of transcendent creators. These are individuals who are able to be bigger than any one platform with the freedom to reach a much broader audience by leveraging all of them. Oprah, Ellen and Bill Simmons have all exemplified the benefit of not tethering themselves to a single platform, and Ninja can easily follow suit.”