“With my first child just born, I’ve been reflecting on my future with Twitch,” Shear wrote. “Twitch often feels to me like a child I’ve been raising as well. And while I will always want to be there if Twitch needs me, at 16 years old it feels to me Twitch is ready to move out of the house and venture alone.”
Shear will be replaced by Dan Clancy, who has been at Twitch for more than three years and was serving as the company’s president. Clancy was originally hired in 2019 as the company’s executive VP of creator and community experience, according to Variety. Shear will continue at the company in an advisory role.
Despite all that, Shear is confident in the platform’s future. “I’ve never had more confidence in Twitch’s leadership, in all our people, and in our product, than I do today,” he wrote. “For many years I truly felt Twitch might die without my guidance and input, but I no longer feel that is true.”