Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek is one one of Twitch’s most popular streamers, but the former CS:GO pro has revealed that he wouldn’t want to see his community turn into one like that of another popular broadcaster, Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel.
Shroud has seen massive success on Twitch since his decision to step away from professional Counter-Strike to focus on full-time streaming, quickly becoming one of the biggest names on the site due to his incredible talent.
While shroud has seen amazing growth on his Twitch channel in 2019 - primarily due to the massively-successful launch of Apex Legends back in February - it appears that the streamer is not interested in growing his following if it means certain types of Twitch viewers made their way into his community.
During his Thursday, May 9 stream, shroud addressed the behaviour of one particular viewer, who had been in his chat the day prior. While discussing the messages of the chat member, the former CS:GO pro stated that the viewer’s comments had been flying in, with multiple messages per second like he was “banging his forehead off his keyboard.”
“You were in ther for hours, I was wondering what's wrong with this guy. It wasn’t like bad messages,” the Canadian told the viewer. “It was just the typical, spammy, ICE_POSEIDON viewer. Greek, xQc. Like, I don’t want those kinds of people in my community. Just fucking slapping his keyboard.”
Members of shroud’s chat immediately thought the streamer was criticizing his fellow Twitch broadcasters, but the former Cloud9 player moved quickly to dispel any talk of his opinion as a blast at his peers.
“What do you mean ‘shots’?” questioned shroud. “That has nothing to do with the person.”
“I’m just referring to the community. That’s their choice. It’s their choice that they choose not to moderate, and that’s how they want their community. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that, I’m just saying I don’t want it in my community.”
Shroud is clearly happy with the community he has managed to grow during his time on Twitch, and recently received a special custom-made plaque that highlighted some of the major milestones his fans have helped him reach on the site.
Streamers like xQc have continued to see massive success as well, but it seems that shroud would rather avoid the type of viewers who have helped those personalities become household names amongst the gaming community.