Mixer was a Video game live streaming platform owned by Microsoft. The service officially launched on January 5, 2016 as Beam, but was renamed to Mixer in May 25, 2017.


On August 11, 2016 Beam was purchased by Microsoft for an unknown amount.[1]

On May 25, 2017 Microsoft announced the renaming of "Beam" to Mixer as the previous name could not be used globally.[2]

On July 22, 2020 Mixer was shut down by Microsoft, with Partners having been offered equal status with Facebook Gaming.



Sparks were a site wide currency, this currency was earned by streaming or watching other livestreams. Sparks could be redeemed to unlock perks such as creating teams and launching skills on a channel.


Embers were a site wide premium currency, usually purchased. Embers could be used to support Partnered streamers.

Twitch Poaching[]

Over 2019 Mixer secured contracts to stream exclusively on their platform with large Twitch streamers.

Notable Ex-Twitch Streamers
Channel Name Total Viewers Total Followers
Ninja 27,500,000+ 2,500,000+
Shroud 4,000,000+ 650,000+
King Gothalion 525,000+ 90,000+