Microsoft’s streaming platform Mixer has picked up another well-known streamer. Former competitive gamer Shroud, whose real name is Michael Grzesiek, has confirmed that he will stream exclusively on the platform. His first Mixer livestream is scheduled for sometime today, October 24.
Shroud follows Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the popular Fortnite streamer who left Twitch to partner with Mixer exclusively this past August. Like Ninja, Shroud tweeted that nothing is changing beside where his streams reside.
— Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) October 24, 2019
In a press release, Shroud expressed gratitude for the partnership. “Streaming is my passion and I owe my success to my fans who have helped me get to where I am now,” Shroud said. “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.”
Shroud’s management company, Loaded, discussed the move and how Mixer is benefiting the creator community. “Mixer continues to grow and build upon its already stellar creator community with Shroud,” said Loaded’s CEO Brandon Freytag. “Shroud is an incredibly skilled player who has dominated some of the world’s most popular games and we’re thrilled that Mixer continues to grow and build upon its already stellar creator community with his addition. We look forward to exploring new opportunities on the platform for him and his community.”
Shroud got his start playing professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for competitive Esports team Gloud9. Prior to retiring in 2018, he amassed nearly 13 billion minutes watched and more than 360 million lifetime YouTube views. Shroud has since diversified his portfolio, playing titles like Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and more. He also contributed to the development of Apex Legends, advising developer Respawn Entertainment to tweak weapon recoil to make it more predictable.