Another gaming superstar just left Twitch for Microsoft’s rival service, Mixer.
It’s true what they say, nothing lasts forever.
While Twitch fans are confident Shroud would establish his dominance on the platform for the next few months, as it turns out, there’s a big plot twist waiting for them just before the year ends. Shroud decided to leave Twitch for Mixer.
The Twitch star is the second major streamer to move to the rival platform Mixer, following Ninja’s decision in August.
In a recent tweet, the streamer announced his bold move:
— Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) October 24, 2019
Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek will leave behind avid 7 Million followers on his Twitch channel.
He’s had an average viewership of around 26,000 users per stream, and is currently the eighth-most-watched streamer on Twitch.
Grzesiek first made his name playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in professional competitions before switching to focus on streaming his live gameplays.
“Mixer provides the flexibility to center my attention around them… I am excited to join the Mixer community, as well as continue to build relationships with both players and fans.” The streamer said in a press release.
A Microsoft spokesperson also welcomed the new addition to their growing community.
We’re excited to welcome Shroud, his community and next-level gaming skills… Mixer is a place that was formed around being positive and welcoming from day one, and we look forward to the energy Shroud and his community will bring.
Fans are wondering what’s the reason behind his sudden transfer. From Ninja to Shroud, there must be an explanation behind the pattern of why Twitch’s top streamers are suddenly jumping ship.
Whether it’s for greater benefits or simply because Mixer’s a better platform than Twitch, Shroud’s fans and friends are excited for him as he embarks on this brand new journey.
Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, a fellow content creator friend of Shroud, expressed his warm sentiments on the announcement.
Bro WOW. So happy for you. Best of luck!!!
— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) October 24, 2019
Fellow game streamer xQc also congratulated him on the move:
Holy this is huge, glad man we all love you
— xQc (@xQc) October 24, 2019
Another Twitch partner, NiceWigg, also expressed his sincere congratulations for Shroud:
Congratulations man. Good luck to you with everything. we all know you’re going to kill it. New chapter baby. Much love.
— CLG NiceWigg (@NiceWigg) October 24, 2019
Although two stars has left the platform, Twitch’s viewership hours remained steady. In fact, it grew in the month after losing Ninja, from 851 million to 932 million.
Fans may have to wait a while to discover what this bold move could mean for Shroud’s gaming career.
However, it’s safe to say Shroud’s decision is a massive move for the platform and the streaming industry.