At a time when many big name streamers are leaving Twitch for competing broadcast platforms, one leak has come as a surprise to the gaming community.
According to esports journalist Rod “Slasher” Breslau, popular streamers Dr Lupo, timethetatman, and LIRIK will be announcing later today that they are signing multi-year Twitch deals today. Slasher followed up the tweet by claiming the deals are for “millions of dollars per year,” according to sources.
“Loaded, the agency representing nearly all of the top streamers in the world, including Ninja, shroud, CouRage, timthetatman, Dr Lupo, and LIRIK, continues to bring in multi-million dollar contract deals for all of their top clients,” Slasher tweeted.
It’s currently unclear who Slasher’s sources are, but Dr Lupo responded to the tweets an hour ago. And he didn’t seem happy about the leak.
“At least @ me for clout please thanks journalist man,” he tweeted back.
When a fan called him out for seeming “bitter,” Dr Lupo responded that he was joking, “in case you missed it.”
Twitch signs new deals after losing big streamers
The news that these three big personalities are sticking with Twitch comes at a time when many popular streamers have announced a switch to Mixer, Facebook Gaming, and YouTube.
Fortnite player Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was the first to make waves in the streaming community back in August. He announced a move to Mixer, which shocked many at first. But former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Michael “shroud” Grzesiek immediately complimented the streamer for making the risky change. Soon after, shroud had switched to Mixer as well.
Jack “CouRage” Dunlop recently moved to YouTube, followed by Ewok’s change to Mixer. Then Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang announced his switch to Facebook Gaming.
What makes Dr Lupo, timthetatman, and LIRIK’s decision to stay on Twitch even more surprising after all these moves is that they are also part of the same talent agency, Loaded, that manages Ninja, CouRage, and shroud, who have all left Twitch this year.
Under Loaded and his wife’s management, Ninja has come forward to discuss his reason for leaving Twitch in the past. His reasons included restrictive contracts and a growing toxic community on his live streams.