Shroud explains the real reason streamers are playing Escape from Tarkov

Published: 5/Jan/2020 11:38

by Connor Bennett


Streaming star Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek has questioned whether or not streamers will be sticking with Escape from Tarkov after it exits its beta phase and when they could, quite possibly, see their currently huge viewer counts drop quite a bit. 

Escape from Tarkov has found itself rocketing up the popularity charts on Twitch in recent days, cementing itself above Fortnite and League of Legends on January 4, as streamers flock to the game to try it out. 

With the realistic shooter being in a beta phase, not everyone has access quite yet, but the developers have enabled drops on a big number of streams, giving viewers the chance to pick up some high-value items before they’re able to get into the game. With this new popularity, it’s left early adopters like Shroud, who swapped Twitch for Mixer, questioning if these new streamers actually enjoy the game, or if they’re all playing for the viewers.

Battlestate Games - Escape from TarkovEscape from Tarkov took its place as the top game on Twitch on January 4, but who knows how long it’ll be there fo.

During his January 4 stream, the former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional had been locked in on the game when he found himself being taken down by an enemy player. 

The Candian quickly moved to joke about his experience being “ruined” by all “the streamers” who had been playing. He said: “We need to get these streamers off this god damn game, just ate my bullets I think. All these new people have got to go, get rid of them – ruining our experience.”

After taking a short break from his early, seemingly jokey, thoughts, Shroud circled back around and questioned whether or not the streamers will seriously be sticking around. “I’m so curious, I really want to know if all these streamers are still going to be playing in two more days,” he said.  

“I just feel like the reason and the hype, and the reason they’re even enjoying the game, is because their viewer count is high – you get rid of that viewer count and the enjoyment of the game is gone, that’s what I think.”

Even though the game has blown up with streamers, it’s still some of the people who have been playing for the longest time who are attracting the biggest audiences.

Whether or not bigger variety streamers like Dr Disrespect, who stated that he was “addicted” to Tarkov, or xQc, who compared it to gambling at a Casino, stick around remains to be seen. If they do, though, it can only be a good thing for the ultra-realistic shooter.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.