Twitch streamer Shroud (whose real name is Michael Grzesiek) caused a shock in the gaming world when he announced yesterday that he was moving from Amazon’s Twitch to Microsoft’s streaming platform Mixer and that he would be streaming exclusively on the platform.
Shroud made the announcement in a video he posted to Twitter just before midday on October 24. The video, captioned “Same shroud, New home,” showed him streaming with a Mixer logo displayed his on monitors.
— Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) October 24, 2019
Mixer also took to Twitter to welcome the former Twitch superstar to their platform.
— Mixer (@WatchMixer) October 24, 2019
Welcome to Mixer! LETS GOOO!! pic.twitter.com/6CMrH6QsSY
— Mixer (@WatchMixer) October 24, 2019
Shroud’s page on Mixer is now live (see embedded stream below). The page initially featured a countdown that indicated he would go live at 8 p.m. EST. The page features a subscribe button and fans are currently allowed to subscribe to the page for free on a limited time offer that will last the streamer’s first month on Mixer.
Shroud’s move from Twitch to Mixer comes shortly after Ninja (Tyler Blevins), another top former Twitch streamer, moved to Mixer after securing an exclusive deal with Microsoft. Ninja’s announcement on August 1, 2019, that he was moving from Twitch for Mixer caused shock and sparked speculation about who would be next.
— Ninja (@Ninja) August 1, 2019
Ninja and Shroud ranked among the top 10 Twitch streamers, so their decision to move to Mixer is a huge loss for Twitch. Shroud, for instance, had more than 7 million followers on Twitch.
Following Ninja’s move to Mixer, there was a mass exodus of his followers from his Twitch channel to his new channel on Mixer. Shroud’s move could also trigger a similar mass exodus of his fans and followers.
Ninja’s departure to Mixer was followed by controversy after he accused Twitch of using his dormant page to promote other streams, including a stream that featured NSFW content. The incident led to a backlash against Twitch and the platform’s CEO Emmett Shear was forced to issue an apology.
Shroud explains his decision
During his first broadcast on Mixer, Shroud explained why he decided to follow in the footsteps of Ninja (Tyler Blevins), and said he was convinced that the move was the right choice for his career.
“I wasn’t nervous about the move, but I was nervous about being here for the first day,” he said. “After the first day, I’m chilling, but I just knew hundred percent this is it. This is my decision, this is the best decision, and I am doing it.”
He also told fans who just subscribed to his Twitch channel that they can take advantage of the limited time offer of free subscription on Mixer.
Ninja and other Twitch streamers react
Meanwhile, Ninja has reacted to the news of Shroud’s move to Mixer. He posted a comment on Twitter describing the move as a massive event for the streaming industry.
Shroud making the move to @WatchMixer is seriously a massive move for the platform and the streaming industry. Excited to watch more of his streams!
— Ninja (@Ninja) October 24, 2019
Reactions also came from other top Twitch streamers, such as Asmongold, TimTheTatman, and Jordan ‘n0thing’ Gilbert.
Might make a video about Mixer tonight, thoughts?
— Zack (@Asmongold) October 25, 2019
Mixer getting shroud right before Modern Warfare drops… pic.twitter.com/wsvIDqPsc0
— timthetatman (@timthetatman) October 24, 2019
— Jordan Gilbert (@n0thing) October 25, 2019
Other Twitter users have also been reacting to the news.
Damn @shroud joined Mixer !!!!
— KEEM ? (@KEEMSTAR) October 24, 2019
— Elgato Gaming (@elgatogaming) October 24, 2019
Mixer: We got shroud
— Trainwreck (@Trainwreckstv) October 24, 2019
First Ninja and now Shroud leaves twitch for Mixer.
— Shan (@shanuddin889) October 24, 2019
Holy shit Mixer took Shroud too
— dafran (@dafran) October 24, 2019
Great move by Mixer acquiring Shroud.
They just doubled the amount of good streamers on their platform.
— Disguised Toast (@DisguisedToast) October 24, 2019
Conspiracy theory, Mixer and Activision planned the delay so shroud could be the first person to stream the new Call of Duty…
— PaladinAmber (@PaladinAmber) October 25, 2019
— Ifatunde (@IamJovonW) October 24, 2019
Shroud to Mixer
Cried watching roster announcement
T2P is back
MW Release tonight
mom pick me up I’m scared
— Nick Kershner (@OpTicMaNiaC) October 24, 2019
Some speculated that Shroud’s announcement was timed to coincide with the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which was released shortly after Shroud went live on Mixer. Shroud’s Mixer channel streamed the new game for hours after it went live late yesterday.