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TSM Signs Hikaru Nakamura.

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TSM is making it’s mark as one of the premier stream teams in the industry and added to it’s impressive roster of twitch streamers with the signing of chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, according to Polygon.

Chess has been one of the hidden gems on Twitch, and while it may not be on the radar for viewers who tune in for gaming, it’s one of the platform’s fastest growing stream categories over the last several months and has been gaining followers in bunches during the pandemic.

Currently, Nakamura is ranked #1 in the Blitz Top 100 players for the month of August, and ranked fourth in rapid chess, per FIDE rankings.

Nakumara will compete in an international tournament later this year, which will be streamed on his official Twitch channel.

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Gamactica Women Relaunches with New Vision

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Today, Gamactica announced the official relaunch of Gamactica Women, which was one of the first sections added to the social media platform, alongside the Stream Directory.

With a new vision, new direction, and new purpose, Gamactica Women is looking to do something positive and impactful across the gaming and streaming industries. And while it will be similar to other directories on Gamactica, it will also serve as something much more.

According to the official announcement posted on Wednesday morning (via Portals): “Today, I would like to introduce you to Eclipse, which is a section dedicated to creators who create content in mediums such as film, fan films, performances, stand up comedy, and more. With our powerful marketing structure, and our community of creators who create diverse content across a number of platforms, our mission is to create a space for fan film content creatorsindie film creators, and extended content creators that want to build visibility, improve networking, and build more connections within the content creation industry.

Much like our Content Creator Directory (aka the Stream Directory) we will be providing visitors direct access to content creators of this niche within the Gamactica platform, including previews of their work.

While we will be working with creators who make content in all genres, we will be really pushing the horror genre hard, due to our partnership with horror news website Fright Nerd, and the Fright Nerd Podcast which will be making it’s return soon. Through this partnership we will be able to expand on our benefits with exclusive interviews, trailer releases, and more via the Fright Nerd website.”

Gamactica Women is LIVE and accepting applications!

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Kkatamina Becomes Most-Subbed Female Streamer on Twitch

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During a multiple-day subathon one of Twitch’s rising female streamers Kim “Kkatamina” Mi-young managed to break a record on the Amazon-owned platform to become the most-subscribed-to female Twitch streamer.

Kkatamina began her streaming career back in May 2020 and has quickly made her mark as one of the platforms premier women streamers and female content creators, with streams playing Valorant and Just Chatting as well.

According to GamerRant, on November 18th Kkatamina officially reached the record-breaking 52,992 subscriber record, the 9th day of her sub-athon, and crushing her previous subscriber number of 45,973.

 

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Ninja Addresses Decline in Twitch Viewership

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Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was, for a few years, the megastar of online-streaming, skyrocketing to success on Amazon’s Twitch platform before jumping to Microsoft’s now-defunct Mixer platform. While Ninja would eventually make his return to Twitch, his numbers would continue to decline, and Ninja is no longer pulling in the record-breaking numbers that he became known for.

“No one’s gonna stay on top forever, especially when it comes to live-streaming; there’s always somebody new and hot,” Blevins said during an interview with the Washington Post. “I have no intention of being that guy anymore. I know I’m not going to pull 100,000 viewers on [Twitch] anymore. I don’t have time to do that. I have a wife, I have a family.”

Ninja has voiced his frustrations with fans being hyper focused on analytics, but he says he is learning to adapt.

“[Fans] are focusing on what they can see in front of them, which is numbers and ‘Ninja isn’t getting 100,000 viewers anymore,’ but what they don’t see is everything we created while we were massive and [the] global recognition we have that’s bigger than just streaming on Twitch,”

“I have been doing ‘Fortnite,’ which is obviously what blew me up, so it’s great that I’m starting to enjoy the game [again] and can stream it and play it and just have fun,” Blevins said. “But whenever I want to play any other game, I can switch to that and know that it really isn’t going to affect anything on the back end with deals or anything. It’s incredibly relaxing to be able to play what I want.”

Ninja has cut down on the hours he streams as well, long past the days in which he would consistently clock in 12-16 ours a day back in 2018.

“Back in the day, when streaming wasn’t really mainstream, there weren’t a lot of things to do other than stream, right?”

Ninja also knows that non-gaming content is creating new stars on Twitch, and has been struggling to find where to expand his current content offerings from just gaming.

“Literally that’s the reason I’m kind of stuck, or where I’m at right now,” Ninja said. “I love gaming, and I’m always gonna love gaming. I don’t want to be a react streamer where I sit and watch videos for eight hours. I start my stream, and I’m immediately in a game. Stream goes live, intro’s out and I’m queued up. I’m playing. That’s all I want to do.”

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