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Former Professional Counter-strike player Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek has hung up his Twitch streaming boots to Join Microsoft owned streaming platform Mixer.
His extraordinary announcement was made today on Twitter. Grzesiek did not announce in his video when the transfer would happen although his Mixer stream currently shows he’ll be live in 6 hours. Laughing knowingly about “making moves” in the announcement video, following in the same footsteps as another famous streamer, Ninja.
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins voluntarily left Twitch in August to start streaming solely on Mixer earlier this year, shaking the streaming world at its foundations. Both Grzesiek and Blevins are two of the most-watched streamers in the gaming world, and they have both come from humble Twitch beginnings.
The shrewd move for the fans can be shocking, especially given that Grzesiek saw the departure of Blevins as an opportunity to build his own Twitch brand. He stated just after the announcement, “Hey man, Ninja’s gone,” during a stream ” It’s all me, baby. Gotta take advantage.”
However, his move shows that Twitch’s top talent is not as attached to streaming on the platform as people had previously expected. So whether it’s due to financial deals — rumors have shown Blevins signed a lucrative deal with Microsoft to only stream on Mixer — or growing discontent over lingering and persistent Twitch problems, that are causing streamers to look elsewhere.
You can find Shrouds new home here: mixer.com/shroud