In the latest move in the livestreaming community, several popular streamers have signed exclusive, multi-year contracts to remain on Twitch.
Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, Saqib “LIRIK” Zahid, and Timothy “TimTheTatman” Betar, have all signed contracts to remain on Twitch for the next several years. All three streamers found major success on Twitch and grown to have some of the platform’s largest channels. Lupo and Betar have both been with the platform since 2012, while Zahid started streaming on Twitch in 2011.
This news comes amid several high-profile departures from Twitch, including streamers like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who moved to Mixer along with Mike “Shroud” Grzesiek, while streamers like Jack “Courage” Dunlop have moved from Twitch to streaming exclusively on YouTube. Dunlop, Blevins, and Grzesiek are all represented by talent agency Loaded, which also represents the Lupo, Zahid, and Betar. Other personalities, like Super Smash Bros. streamer Zero and Teamfight Tactics and Hearthstone streamer Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang, have recently signed exclusive deals with Facebook Gaming.
With so many high-profile departures, the signing of these three streamers represents a statement from Twitch that it is also committed to maintaining some of its most popular personalities. As part of their continuing partnership with the platform, all three streamers will continue to participate in Twitch’s gaming events and tournaments.