Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of November 11, 2019
FaZe Ewok is latest streamer to jump the Twitch ship for Mixer
TL;DR - Fornite pro and Twitch streamer Soleil “FaZe Ewok” Wheeler is the latest content creator to make the move to Mixer. As with the other deals we’ve seen since Ninja’s departure, Microsoft isn’t sharing any details, but of course we know the deal is for exclusivity. Ewok carries about 284K followers on Twitch, but has only streamed for a total of 70 hours on the platform. She was recruited by FaZe for its pro Fortnite team over the summer.
League of Legends Worlds breaks Twitch concurrent viewers record
TL;DR - The League of Legends Worlds finals this year were the most watched event on Twitch, ever. At 1.75M concurrent viewers, LoL Worlds 2019 wrested the title from the Fortnite Blackhole event which managed to capture 1.6M concurrent viewers back in October. FunPlus Phoenix from China handedly took down G2 Esports at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, 3-0, despite G2 having the home field advantage.
Twitch Studio broadcasting tool launches to the world
TL;DR - Twitch Studio, Twitch’s broadcasting software built to assist new and up-and-coming streamers get started, exited closed beta last week and launched to the world. The application will take streamers through a guided set-up process, detecting their mic and webcam, and optimizing their settings before going live. It also offers some basic overlay options to add personality and light branding to their broadcasts. Alerts come standard, and it includes an activity feed with Twitch chat built right in - naturally. Twitch Studio is available at launch on PC only, but Twitch has hinted more platforms may be in the works.
FaZe Ewok nabs streamer of the year award at Golden Joysticks event
TL;DR - FaZe Ewok came up big at GamesRadar’s annual Golden Joysticks award event this year. The 14-year old Fortnite pro and Twitch streamer claimed the streamer of the year title, competing with the likes of Gamechamp, Sweet Anita, AverageAden, and six other streamers. Oddly enough, only one of the nominees came from a non-Twitch platform, and that was PrincessCourt on Mixer. Last year two winners were crowned - Bryan Dechart and Amelia Rose Blair. Ewok’s channel first took off when she was hosted by TimTheTatman. She later played Fornite with Ninja and DrLupo, which drove her follower count from about 900 to nearly 90,000 in under a month.
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