After the unexpected transition of popular Warzone streamer TimTheTatman to YouTube Gaming after 9 years of streaming on Twitch, a move for NICKMERCS was up in the air. Nicholas “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff, a close friend of Timothy “TimTheTatman” Betar, is a top FPS streamer on the global streaming and Esports platform Twitch.
NICKMERCS Extends Twitch Exclusivity Contract
Following YouTube’s entrance into the streaming market, many massive Twitch streamers have migrated platforms with seven-figure deals. Popular streamers such as Valkyrae, CouRageJD, and most recently TimTheTatman and Dr Lupo, have made the jump to YouTube Gaming.
Kolcheff, a streamer of similar, if not larger, viewership recently went on a brief hiatus, leaving behind a tweet oddly reminiscent of TimTheTatman’s final message before announcing his move to YouTube Gaming.
Teasing his audience, whom he calls the MFAM, Kolcheff tweeted “Alive & well familia. Miss ya too. Soon tho, real soon! Big announcement. Takin’ a lil time for myself before we get back to the grind.” This message left many speculating whether his “big announcement” was a platform shift.
Emerging from his recess, Kolcheff tweeted out a video depicting a gladiator, his mascot, choosing between a YouTube play button and a Twitch gladius. The 35-second clip ends with the gladiator picking up the gladius, before segueing to his twitch handle.
THE SHOW GOES ON! pic.twitter.com/SE93iSIFe0
— FaZe Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) October 5, 2021
Accompanying the video was the message “THE SHOW GOES ON!” and a retweet of the official Twitch twitter account announcing his contract extension.
Who is NICKMERCS?
Nicholas “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff is a massive gaming influencer, with a significant presence on Twitch and in the gaming scene. Best known for his first-person shooter (FPS) gameplay, Kolcheff has amassed an astounding 6.2 million followers on Twitch and currently boasts the 16th highest subscriber count on the platform.
Kolcheff has a similarly massive 4.1 million subscribers on YouTube, and various high-profile sponsorships including the likes of Under Armor and Cash App. In 2019, Kolcheff made the transition from prevalent gaming organization 100 Thieves to FaZe, one of the most well-known gaming organizations in the world.
His transition was less than amicable, and involved heated public discourse with 100 Thieves CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag referencing a failure to uphold contractual promises.
The Future of NICKMERCS on Twitch
Although his career skyrocketed following his record-breaking performance in the hit game Fortnite, Kolcheff can be found live daily at his Twitch channel, streaming mainstream competitive shooters like Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Warzone.
He was nominated for 2020 Twitch Streamer of the Year and 2020 Content Creator of the Year at the 11th Shorty Awards and The Game Awards 2020, respectively. Although he did not win, Kolcheff’s popularity and recognition continues to grow daily.
With exciting FPS titles such as Battlefield: 2042 and Call of Duty: Vanguard on the horizon, Kolcheff’s future on Twitch is looking strong. With competitors such as TimTheTatman, Dr Disrespect, and Dr Lupo on YouTube Gaming, Kolcheff is on the rise to become the largest FPS streamer on the platform, behind former professional Counter-Strike player Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek.