While Ninja may be thinking about what his next move will be after being released from his Mixer contract, one famous streamer and gamer has made his intentions abundantly clear after being released from his agreement from the now-defunct service. Michael “Shroud” Grzesiak has announced that he is coming back to Twitch to live stream exclusively on the platform.
7.1 Million Followers
Shroud began his journey as a professional streamer and a competitive gamer with Twitch almost six years ago and his legendary skills across a wide and diverse range of games saw him quickly earmarked as a player to watch.
Early in his career, he established a name for himself initially as a competitive gamer playing a number of different titles, but most famous Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Over the years, his ability and charisma when playing the game saw his broadcasts attract millions of followers, with around 7.1 million following him on Twitch in his heyday.
Of course, a streamer that can pull in such huge numbers of viewers is always hot property and while Shroud may have been tempted away from Twitch a short time ago with an ill-fated switch to Mixer, Now though, he is now back, together with a reimagination of his own brand, as well as a fresh redesign of his own logo.
“Incredible and Loyal Fanbase”
Speaking about the move in a press release, Shroud commented:
“I’m so excited to be able to announce my return to Twitch and more importantly get back to streaming. Twitch is where I was able to first tuen my passion for streaming into a successful career – and it is all due to my incredible and loyal fanbase.”
“As I was exploring option, I realised that there was no better place than Twitch to engage with the best and most loyal gaming community worldwide. I am also excited to relaunch my channel with a new look and logo that I know my fans will love. I’m back baby!” he noted enthusiastically.
The powers that be at Twitch were also delighted to welcome back one of their most popular streamers to the site. Michael Aragon, the Senior Vice President of Content at Twitch stated:
“There’s nothing better than a homecoming, so we’re thrilled to welcome Shroud and his incredible community back to Twitch. Our mission is to bring people together every day, and we look forward to seeing the FPS legend back in action, exclusively on Twitch.”
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Playing a key role in Shroud’s return to Twitch was his new management company, Loaded. The company has played a key role in taking care of several areas of a player’s career, such as sponsorship deals, media licensing, book publishing, partnerships, and many more. As such, they clearly felt Shroud would be best served returning to the platform that made him famous.
“We’re excited for Shroud to return to Twitch, where it all began,” stated Brandon Freytag, the co-founder and SVP of Talent at Loaded.
“This relationship is a perfect match as one of the most skilful gamers is returning to the home of livestream gaming. As Shroud continues to elevate his personal brand, Twitch allows him an opportunity to continue dominating the world’s most popular brands, while engaging with his loyaly community eager to see him back on stream.”
Details of when Shroud will be hosting his first live stream back as an exclusive member of Twitch will be announced at a later date via the player’s official Twitter feed.
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