Shroud explains the real reason streamers are playing Escape from Tarkov - Dexerto

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.


Who is Granny? The rising Twitch star who streams as a grandma

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:45 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 23:46

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch is home to some pretty outlandish personalities, but none may be as unique as the rising streamer known only as Granny.

Dressed in a bright white wig, oversized glasses, and attire that you could have sworn you’ve seen the elderly wear, Granny takes the character to the extreme.

If you thought the outfit or persona was the limit of the character, think again. Just like how Dr Disrespect streams from his legendary “arena,” Granny has her own broadcast center of sorts.

From Granny’s house to Twitch

Her streams begin, amusingly enough, with an old house in a green meadow surrounded by rainbows, flowers and chirping birds.

Twitch streamer Granny begins a broadcast.
Granny begins her streams in a pink house surrounded by rainbows.

After introducing herself, talking to viewers from inside the big pink home that looks like it’s ripped from either Lord of the Rings or Teletubbies, the gameplay kicks off.

What makes Granny’s choice of games so hilarious is that she’s made a habit of streaming titles such as Dead by Daylight, which are the complete opposite of the happy-go-lucky nature of the intro.

Fans are absolutely loving it. Since starting the stream, Granny has amassed nearly 30,000 followers and is growing on other platforms such as YouTube.

Climbing the Twitch ranks

Speaking with Dexerto, the entertainer refused to break character, further, cementing the concept that this was a grandma streaming on the Amazon-owned platform.

Granny claims it all began when she was working for a finance firm in New York City for three years and was beginning to feel worn out.

“Right around that time, Red Dead Redemption 2 came out and I found a huge comfort being immersed in that world while I took time to recover and figure out my next steps,” the streamer explained.

“When Red Dead Online was released I started to make friends on the proximity voice chat and they told me I should try my hand at streaming. In February 2019 I moved to New Zealand to go all-in on starting a Twitch channel, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”

That said, she does have plans to return to New York at some point in 2021, so fans should be sure to be on the lookout for that.

While the climb up the Twitch ranks has been a journey since it first began in January of 2019, the streamer does have a few favorite moments.


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“A couple of exciting milestones along the way have been Trixie Mattel and TPAIN discovering the stream,” she happily noted. “They love joining in now and again to help repair the ice cream machines in Dead By Daylight.”

Going into 2021, Granny is definitely going to be one of the streamers to watch out for, especially if she continues to get noticed by some larger members of the community.