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Microsoft invested a lot in Mixer to have it compete with top streaming websites such as Twitch, YouTube and Facebook Gaming, but failed to acquire a bigger share of the market. Even after bringing in top Twitch streamers such as Ninja and Shroud, the platform barely recorded any growth, eventually leading to Microsoft now closing it down. Microsoft’s Mixer announcement caught the majority of partners by surprise, with many finding out through Twitter or in their own live streams about the fate of their channels. That surprise has morphed into both anger and despair from Mixer streamers.
No matter where you choose to stream, the world is better with your gaming content in it. As the operations side of @WatchMixer is closing, we are inviting the Mixer Community to #FacebookGaming. More details: https://t.co/fRI2CBlTbZ pic.twitter.com/FVRTF9APVD— Facebook Gaming (@FacebookGaming) June 22, 2020
Mixer was an integrated streaming service which was there from the very first on the Xbox One dashboard. But, after Facebook layed their stake on streaming platform Major Nelson made it clear that Facebook Gaming won’t be coming to Xbox One as an alternative to the current Mixer integration.Mixer will be discontinued in July, and all the streamers have been allowed to get to Facebook Gaming when that moment comes.
I trusted you @WatchMixer I can’t tell you how many of your current partners moved to this platform because I told them it was a good place to grow and thrive. And you threw it all away. I’ll remember what we had but can’t forgive you for what you did. pic.twitter.com/zhJgeTOMvF— The Penguin (@GFlo_GG) June 22, 2020
“If you are asking if the current Mixer integration in the dashboard is just going to become Facebook gaming. The answer is no,” said Major Nelson, when asked directly on Reddit.
“We are committed to respecting your privacy and personal information,” he added about privacy, a theme where Facebook has shown flaws in the past.
“Unless a Mixer streamer takes action to ask Microsoft to share data with a platform, no Mixer streamer personal information will be shared,” the Xbox spokesperson mentioned.
Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, further reiterated that Microsoft wants to give players options, so it’s not hard to rule out some sort of Facebook Gaming integration in the future, though not at the same level Mixer enjoys today.
Considering Facebook’s legacy of privacy issues,it is one of the big turnoffs that seems to be keeping many Mixer streamers away.We also saw lawmakers of the US Congress raising their concerns regarding the same, but it is to see if Facebook has really worked on the privacy issues after Zuk encountered some really tough questions months back. And, also we'll have to wait and watch if the stremers feel comfortable enough going live on a social media based gaming platform. It might bring them much more viewers as a matter of fact, but surely isn't going to offer the right enviornment.
“Facebook is archaic,” says Mixer partner DM21Constellation. “Their desire for all the data from their users is absolutely absurd. A lot of people don’t want to have to create a brand new page just so they can chat on a stream. The interface is absolutely terrible. It’s kind of like the same thing when it comes to YouTube, they don’t care about their streaming platform and I really don’t get the feeling Facebook cares about their streaming platform at all.”