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In an unexpected turn of events, massively popular content creator Jack “CourageJD” Dunlop leaves Twitch for YouTube

CourageJD is a multi-platform content creator, most widely known for his entertaining Fortnite livestreams over on Twitch… er - I mean YouTube Gaming? After teasing an announcement throughout the past week, Courage finally announced that he will be leaving Twitch after striking a deal with YouTube

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was the first prominent streamer to sign an exclusive streaming deal. Mixer acquired his streaming rights in a multi-year deal accompanied by an undisclosed price tag. Although there aren’t exact figures, one thing is for certain: Ninja secured the bag. Estimates suggest that he will make over $10m per year from the deal

But Ninja isn’t the only one making money moves. Just last week, Shroud also announced that he will be streaming exclusively on Mixer. Another fatal wound for Twitch, as Shroud was a top earner for the platform

The move to YouTube Gaming comes as a surprise - but not for obvious reasons. Courage hyped a “big announcement” would be coming on November 4th, with sparse details. The community came to the conclusion that he would be leaving Twitch, but for what platform?

The writing on the walls pointed towards Mixer. They were on an acquisition spree. The streak of successful poaches had no breaks... unless?

Even Courage’s streamer buddy DrLupo got bamboozled!

The biggest winner here? Large streamers. With this move, YouTube (owned by Google) has officially entered the gauntlet. Amazon (Twitch), Microsoft (Mixer), and now Google are all in a bidding war for top notch gaming talent. There’s big money at play here - and streamers will be the ones to reap the rewards

Courage’s move sent waves through the entire livestreaming scene. But don’t expect it to be the last. Who do you think is signing away from Twitch next? Let us know on Twitter

Author Bio

Michael Hindi

Michael “Hindog” Hindi is an active Fortnite player and journalist from San Diego, California. His involvement with competitive Fortnite dates back to Season 5 - both on the battle bus and with a pen & paper.


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