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Virtual Legality Episode 250

Microsoft Closes Mixer! Understanding the Fallout

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In a stunning turn of events, Microsoft has announced (through an interview given to The Verge) that it is shutting down Mixer effective over the course of the next month, and will be transitioning the streamers and viewers it has to Facebook Gaming starting immediately.

This marks a tremendous change in course for the multinational big tech giant, but why did it make the choice? And with no reference to cash changing hands, just what is Microsoft getting out of all of this anyway.

Gaming moves at the speed of law...in Virtual Legality.

#Mixer #FacebookGaming #Twitch


Discussed in this episode:

"Microsoft is shutting down Mixer and partnering with Facebook Gaming"
The Verge - June 22, 2020 - Tom Warren
https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/22/21299032/microsoft-mixer-closing-facebook-gaming-partnership-xcloud-features

"Mixing It Up!"
Penny Arcade - July 12, 2019 - Gabe
https://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2019/07/12/mixing-it-up

"Ninja reportedly got paid between $20 million and $30 million by Microsoft to leave Amazon's Twitch streaming service"
Business Insider - January 27, 2020 - Ben Gilbert
https://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-did-ninja-make-for-leaving-twitch-2020-1

"Ninja, Shroud, and other top Mixer streamers are now free to stream on Twitch again"
The Verge - June 22, 2020 - Bijan Stephen
https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/22/21298963/ninja-shroud-mixer-facebook-gaming-twitch

"Twitch vows to improve safety as several streamers are accused of abuse"
Engadget - Marc DeAngelis - June 22, 2020
https://www.engadget.com/twitch-sexual-abuse-allegations-165741108.html


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Introduction
00:58 Microsoft To Close Mixer
11:54 Facebook Gaming and xCloud Integration
13:20 Exclusivity Questions
19:46 Impact of Recent Accusations
22:15 Conclusion

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