To date, many fans are wondering what’s the reason behind Shroud’s decision to return to Twitch over a potential Facebook Gaming or YouTube move.
The famous streamer and former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) pro player recently announced his official Twitch return after the Microsoft-owned Mixer decided to shut down its operations to integrate with Facebook Gaming.
Shroud’s return to Twitch is a perplexing announcement to many, considering how the steamer was once adamant about leaving the platform before.
In a statement, he even claimed that Mixer would surpass Twitch one day since the platform offers generous opportunities for new content creators.
After a month-long break from his streaming activities, Shroud broke his silence as he confirmed the news on Twitter:
“I’m coming home
Change of heart?
Despite his initial and on-going criticisms of the platform, Shroud simply told his fans in a recent livestream: “Twitch is the best.”
Given he’s “born and raised” on Twitch as a streamer, it only felt right that he make a comeback on the biggest platform for gaming to date.
“A lot of you are like, why Twitch? Obviously Twitch is the best, obviously, duh! Born and raised on this platform from the start. It’s the biggest [streaming platform]. Definitely the biggest in gaming. It just feels right, you know?”
“Twitch fits well with the big plans that I have in gaming. I might have some plans coming up soon… I’m not going to tell you just yet. There’s some cool things that I’m brewing up though! A lot of secrets are in my head right now, a lot.”
His return stream has been met with a positive response, with over 500,000 fans watching him play Valorant.
“I pictured an epic return… not quite like this though <3” Lots of viewers also donated thousands of subscriptions to his Twitch channel, along with re-subscriptions made during his return stream. Even after months of being away from the platform, he sits on top of the Twitch boards with 7,744,357 followers as of writing.
Fans can expect more of Shroud on Twitch, with “huge” plans in store for the future:
“Get used to me being here. I’m here for the long haul… I’m not going to burn myself out, but I’ll be around a lot. I ain’t going anywhere.”
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who also left Twitch for Mixer, also made a comeback on the platform.
However, it remains unclear whether Ninja will officially join shroud on Twitch for good.
Other mixer stars like Gothalion and Ewok also secured new streaming deals after the platform’s sudden shutdown. Gothalion will now transition over to Facebook Gaming, while Ewok also rejoined Twitch on August 12.