A major new partnership has been announced between popular Twitch streamer Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Following retirement from professional Counter-Strike, Shroud has taken his talents to the world of full time streaming, where he is best known for playing 'battle royale' games such as PUBG and Fortnite.
He is now firmly one of the top streamers on Amazon owned platform Twitch, with much of his fan base developing from the battle royale genre, building on his already established following from CS:GO.
With the community reveal event for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 set to take place on Wednesday May 17th, Shroud has revealed some very exciting news.
— Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) May 16, 2018
If this tweet had come from any other popular personality it may not be such a big deal, however, given Shroud's prominence as a battle royale streamers, it of course has sparked much speculation.
Black Ops 4, of which fans have seen very little, has been rumored to be introducing a battle royale mode for the first time in the series - as replacement for the expected campaign mode.
And while there has been no word at all from developers Treyarch or publishers Activision, the hints are all starting to add up.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) May 10, 2018
Firstly, the few hints and teasers that have been officially released seem to pertain only to multiplayer or Zombies - campaign being a notable omission.
Secondly, the community event will have 'hands on' time - something again which usually only relates to multiplayer previews.
Thirdly, during Activision's most recent earnings call, the specifically made mention of Fortnite and the battle royale (BR) genre specifically, clearly acutely aware of its popularity.
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And of course finally, Shroud's promotional deal is something out of the ordinary for the franchise, as Call of Duty typically only enlists personalities either known in the Call of Duty community, or triple AAA celebrities and athletes.
The addition of a former CS:GO pro turned, most notably, battle royale streamer, to the promotional lineup, may be the strongest hint at Call of Duty's embrace of the BR genre yet.