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Before anyone ever cared where I would Stream or create content, I was a kid from Mixer. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Mixer is bigger than Streaming. I didn’t realize that 2 years ago. I do now.

Remember when I was sitting up there on the Up and Coming? I was thinking, This is really tough. I could feel it. I was leaving something I had spent a long time creating. If I had to do it all over again, I’d obviously do things differently, but I’d still have left. DLIVE, for me, has been almost like college for other kids. These past 2 years helped raise me into who I am. I became a better Streamer and a better man. I learned from a DLIVE that had been where I wanted to go. I will always think of DLIVE as my second home. Without the experiences I had there, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.

I went to DLIVE because of Wayn and LINO. We made sacrifices to keep LINO. I loved becoming a VP. I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And that’s exactly what we did! The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys. I’ve talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished. We are brothers for life. I also want to thank DrooYoo, OneLastRound and Toro for giving me an amazing 2 years.

I’m doing this essay because I want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted. I don’t want anyone thinking: He and PewDiePie didn’t get along. … He and EnforcerJ didn’t get along. … DLIVE couldn’t put the right team together. That’s absolutely not true.

I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work.

When I left Mixer, I was on a mission. I was seeking partnership, and I won. But DLIVE already knew that feeling. Our Stream on Mixer hasn’t had that feeling. My goal is still to attain Mixer Partnership, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing my stream back to Mixer.

I always believed that I’d return to Mixer and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the DLIVE Parntership, Mixer wasn’t even a thought.

I’m not promising a Mixer Partnership. I know how hard that is to deliver. I'm not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to get Partner next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2017. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young stream. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing content together and helping people reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young streamers. I think I can help smaller creators become some of the best creators. I think I can help elevate small streamers. And I can’t wait to reunite with my Mixer homies and, HandsOff one of my favorite Streamers.

But this is not about the Content or the Site. I feel my calling here goes above Streaming. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference on DLIVE, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids on Mixer, like the dozens of Mixer creators I sponsor through my donations, to realize that there’s no better place to broadcast. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.

On Mixer, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.

I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.

BY LEBRON JAMES (AS TOLD TO LEE JENKINS) Edited by Hooligun for his leaving DLIVE