Pro streamer Ninja is hosting a virtual Fortnite tournament with huge $400,000 prize

 PRO gamer Ninja is hosting a massive virtual Fortnite tournament with a $400,000 (£325,000) prize pool.

The event will take place live on Mixer – Microsoft's video game live-streaming website that rivals Twitch and YouTube Gaming.

It will formatted as a weekly series, taking place each Thursday from this week.

And Ninja will host it on his own Mixer channel – where the star has streamed since abandoning Twitch last summer.

The tournament will draw in 60 Fortnite pro gamers and streamers, including World Cup champ Kyle Giersdorg, a.k.a 'Bugha'.

Due to the global health crisis, all players will remain at home and take part remotely.

There will be $400,000 up for grabs in the tournament, which will come to a close in July this year.

 "I joined Mixer to push boundaries, create different types of streaming content and interact with fans in new ways," said Ninja.

"Ninja Battles brings a new kind of gameplay to the community.

"I am excited to share this competitive experience with my fans as well as have my fellow gamers and friends participate."

Fans will be able to use Mixer to watch and interact with the tournament participants.

And Fortnite casters BallaTW and MonsterDface will provide live commentary, according to a Deadline report.

What is Mixer?

Here's a quick guide…

  • Mixer is a video game live-streaming platform
  • It officially launched back in January 2016 under the name 'Beam'
  • It was eventually bought out by Microsoft in August 2016
  • The site was then renamed Mixer in 2017, and became part of Microsoft's Xbox division
  • Mixer is known for using low-latency streaming tech that delivers broadcasts to users very quickly
  • It's currently available in 21 languages
  • Mixer's biggest rivals include Amazon's Twitch, Google's YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming

New episodes of Ninja Battles will air every Thursday at 3pm New York time / 8pm London time.

And the series kicks off this week, on May 28.

Ninja is Mixer's most popular streamer, with his channel racking up more than 64.8million views to date.

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