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Shroud explains why he already likes Mixer more than Twitch

Published: 27/Oct/2019 12:02 Updated: 27/Oct/2019 12:14

by Joe Craven

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Popular streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has explained why he prefers his new streaming home, Microsoft’s Mixer, over Twitch; the platform on which he grew to be the world’s biggest streamer. 

On October 24, shroud surprised a number of his fans by announcing that he would no longer be streaming on Twitch, but would instead be joining Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins on Microsoft’s streaming platform, Mixer

He has already streamed numerous times on Mixer, hitting incredible numbers on his first stream, where he peaked at 78,000 concurrent viewers while playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This caused him to thank fans for their support and loyalty, as many followed him across the internet to his new streaming home. 

On October 26, the ex-CS:GO pro explained one aspect of Mixer he prefers to Twitch, despite the two being inherently similar. 

Asked by a viewer whether streaming on Mixer feels different, shroud responded: “I mean, at the end of the day you’re just streaming. All I do is I sit here and play games and I interact with you guys.”

“So long as you guys are there, which you are,” he continued. “You guys are flying right now, then it’s no different really. It’s a different UI [user interface] and a different community vibe. I think the community vibe’s much better here.” 

Stating that the two are very similar from a streaming perspective, but that Mixer’s community is better, shroud definitely seems to be preferring his new online home. 

“But who knows what’ll happen in two years?” he asked. 

Grzesiek went on to imply that as Mixer’s community grows – which it inevitably will with stars such as himself and Blevins on the platform – there is the potential for more growth, but also more toxicity. 

“I’d like to see the growth of Mixer go up a lot,” he finished. “But also keep the same community; that would be insane… as of right now, the Mixer community is fantastic. Like way, way better than I had expected.”

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At the moment, shroud’s Mixer audience will likely consist of fans that have followed him to the new streaming platform. Hence, they are less likely to be toxic to a creator they are supporting. 

However, Grzesiek clearly believes Mixer’s community could become more toxic as it grows, and viewers begin to flock away from Twitch. 

A number of creators have complained in the past about the toxicity of Twitch chats and users, as the platform struggles to combat trolls and unwanted messages. 

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Shroud explains why WoW feels “completely different” in Shadowlands

Published: 25/Nov/2020 2:37 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 2:43

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Like most popular streamers, Shroud has been getting stuck into the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands grind, but although he’s enjoyed it so far, he said he feels like the game is “less immersive” than it used to be.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has taken the world by storm ever since it launched on November 23. Players have been hopping back into Azeroth to take the reigns of their characters once again.

Popular streamers like Mike ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek have been getting stuck into the grind too. He’s been very open about how much he loves the game and has streamed hours upon hours of World of Warcraft Classic. He even said he was willing to lose viewers to stream it.

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Shroud has thoroughly enjoyed playing World of Warcraft for many years now.

However, Shroud isn’t blinded by his love and adoration for the game. He still has some criticism for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and MMORPGs in general, and he mentioned them in his latest stream.

“I feel like [MMORPG’s] and WoW, in general, have transcended into something completely different,” he said. “In the past, you [played] because you were immersed. You were leveling up your character. You were getting new items. It felt good to be more powerful and do better things.”

“Now I feel like WoW is like play with friends and kill some shit,” he said. “That feeling of immersion and truly having an impact on the world and your character feeling there has kind of nullified.”

“When I played vanilla WoW in 2005, I was 11 years old, and it felt amazing,” he said. “It felt incredible. It felt like I was in my own realm. I was in my own world. Now it doesn’t feel like that. That feeling is gone.

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It’s a sentiment that others have echoed time and time again. The consensus is that MMORPGs have been streamlined throughout the years.

However, it hasn’t stopped millions of players, including Shroud, from enjoying World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. 

Plus, despite his criticism, he thinks now is the “best time” for new players to start playing the game because the new leveling process is “really cool.”