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Shroud explains how getting into streaming was “very easy”

Published: 30/Mar/2020 2:49

by Andrew Amos

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Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has grown into one of streaming’s giants, but the FPS veteran admits he had it a bit easier than most.

When you think of streamers, shroud is likely to be one of the first names that pops up. The FPS veteran has been getting on camera since 2013, while his CS:GO pro career was in full swing.

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His god-like ability in the title drew fans in, and his entertaining personality developed as he got comfortable. Because he was with organizations like Cloud9 for so long, the streamer raked in followers, sponsors, and more.

Shroud first ever CS:GO stream on Twitch
Twitch: shroud
Shroud has come a long way since his first stream back in 2013.

Companies wanted their games, and their products, attached to him. If shroud gave your game a glowing rendition viewers went through the roof. It only takes an example, like Escape from Tarkov, to show the weight his words have.

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However, shroud’s name wasn’t always at the top of Twitch or Mixer. Much like everyone else who makes it big on the platform, he had to grind his way to the top ⁠— with a healthy dose of luck on the side.

The streamer opened up on his journey to the top in a March 29 YouTube video, and how his streaming dream is being realized.

“What would I be doing if I wasn’t a streamer? No idea,” he said. “If I wasn’t a streamer I’d probably be trying to be a streamer, honestly. I don’t think I’d give up because ⁠— 30 years old, living with my parents, I wouldn’t [give up that dream].”

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Shroud streaming on Mixer
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Shroud signed an exclusivity deal with Mixer in 2019, securing his streaming future.

For shroud, who spent a lot of time behind a screen anyways, streaming was a way to show off to his pre-existing fans. He had a fanbase waiting for him, and support in place to help boost his stream from day one. Many other streamers didn’t have that, and for that, shroud is incredibly grateful.

“I’m probably one of the more lucky people in this position,” he said. I don’t know if I really earned [my fame]. I think it’s more ‘right place, right time,’ and carrying that over. Does that count as earning it? I don’t know.

“To me, [beginning a career in streaming on Twitch] was very easy, but that’s because I was fortunate. It didn’t feel like I was earning anything, which I think is the best way to earn something.”

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Shroud knows, though, that many others like him had to put in a lot of sacrifices to make their name synonymous with streaming.

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However, just because people work a day job, or have other life commitments, doesn’t mean they can’t stream. They just need to figure out what works for them.

“Most people have started their streaming career through a 9-5, and they did it on the side, and it kind of went somewhere, and then they quit, and focused on [streaming] full time,” he explained.

“Most people do start part-time with streaming. Not everyone is fortunate in the world to get into the spotlight at such a young age.”

Shroud streaming Call of Duty Warzone on Mixer
YouTube: shroud
Shroud has taken to Warzone as of late, flexing his FPS muscles in Call of Duty’s newest battle royale.

It does help to have someone to guide you through the process though. Shroud admitted that he doesn’t even know how his setup works half the time, he just has a group of people that tells him what to get to make his stream even better.

“I had a friend that when I first started streaming ⁠— he’s the one that kind of got me into it. I was watching people, and I was like ‘damn, this is sweet’,” he said.

“Then my buddy, he learned about how to stream and how to do the whole setup and everything. He gave me all the info on how to do it.”

Now, for the FPS veteran streaming is as easy as clicking “Go Live” and seeing his legion of fans flock in. While he knows he’s more fortunate than the others, he still worked hard to get to where he is today.

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Twitch streamer shocked after viewer sends him 126 lbs of cranberry sauce

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:02

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular Twitch streamer ‘TheStockGuy’ was left speechless after receiving 126 lbs of cranberry sauce in the mail from one of his viewers in a hilarious prank.

Twitch is one of the net’s most popular live streaming platforms, and rightfully so; the site is home to a slew of hilarious and shocking moments that happen in real-time, from everything to doors falling on unlucky streamers in the middle of video games to viewers rescuing streamers’ trapped cats.

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However, some of these on-stream occurrences are downright strange, and many streamers have received the odd occasional gift from their viewers, including that time when Pokimane received a body pillow with a photo of herself on it.

While streamers having a public P.O. Box to receive gifts from fans is not uncommon, very often the things they receive are; and Twitch streamer TheStockGuy became the subject of a seriously weird present of sorts.

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Pokimane, Twitch
Twitch: Pokimane
Twitch star “Pokimane” has received a slew of strange gifts from fans – one of which was a body pillow with her own face on it.

During an October 6 broadcast, TheStockGuy — who has gained notoriety on the platform for educating his viewers about finances and the stock market — revealed he’d been sent 126 lbs of Ocean Spray brand cranberry sauce.

“What is wrong with you people?” the streamer asked, seeming genuinely baffled by the situation. “Somebody sent me 126 lbs of cranberry sauce! What — where am I supposed to put this? Isn’t there some charity or something this money could go to?”

Although the he appeared to be utterly flummoxed by the viewers’ decision, he decided to make the best of the unexpected prank, stating that he would donate the sauce to his local food bank for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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“I mean — you know what? Joke’s on you!” he continued. “I’m giving this to the local food shelter for thanksgiving, so they don’t have to purchase cranberry sauce! That’s right — we’re making something good out of this!”

It seems that TheStockGuy’s viewers found the scenario to be completely hilarious — and while it certainly is worth a hearty chuckle, it’s good to know that the broadcaster is putting his viewer’s practical joke to good use, in the end.

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