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Shroud calls on game devs to fix rampant stream sniping and cheaters

by Daniel Cleary
Mixer: shroud / Battlestate Games

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Popular Mixer streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek calls for changes with his latest game of choice, Escape from Tarkov, explaining his frustrations over stream sniping and cheaters.

Stream sniping can be one of the major downsides when broadcasting online as a popular streamer, and many of the top creators often find themselves getting paranoid that everyone is out to ruin their game.

Shroud, who has run into his fair share of viewers trying to best him during his career as a streamer, explained some of his frustrations with games like Escape from Tarkov, after being repeatedly stream sniped.

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Shroud called for changes to be made to Escape from Tarkov after being stream sniped

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Many games such as the popular battle royale Fortnite have a feature that streamers can take advantage of to hide their identities in-game and counter stream sniping.

After his stream on the tactical first-person shooter on December 6, shroud called for such a feature that would hide his name in the opposing player’s death screen.

“Two nights in a row getting blatantly stream sniped in Tarkov,” he expressed, clearly frustrated with the state of his recent matches, “might be time to hide who killed you on the death report screen.”

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Shroud then explained that once enemy players had realized who had killed them they’re behavior in-game would change, suggesting that he often found himself getting specifically targeted.

“Whenever I kill a player it says "Killed by shroud”, I can tell the whole dynamic of the fight changes when I kill one member of the squad,” he revealed.

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After many questioned if the streamer was just overly paranoid, shroud explained that, with enough practice on a certain game, he could tell the difference between those who were stream sniping, likening it to how he identifies those who cheat against him in-game.

However, despite his abilities to detect stream snipers, Battlestate Games have not shown any sign of adding such a feature to Escape from Tarkov as of yet, so it is likely that he will have to change his in-game name often to avoid those targeting him.