Shroud explains why he already likes Mixer more than Twitch - Dexerto

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


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. 


Rookie Twitch streamer tears up after finally getting first viewers

Published: 16/Jan/2021 15:49

by Georgina Smith


New Twitch streamer NickCKelly got emotional on stream when he got his first viewers after waiting for nearly an hour, gaining thousands as followers as a result of his wholesome reaction.

2020 was a booming year for Twitch, with top creators like xQc and Valkyrae achieving huge numbers in terms of followers and views, and several gaming trends surging in popularity at various points in the year, meaning success all around.

With these huge creators out here smashing records, it’s easy to forget that many are only just starting out their venture into streaming, both casually and seriously.

This year has no doubt prompted more people than ever before to give streaming a try, but it’s not as easy as it might seem from the outside – especially if you’re starting from zero.

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2020 helped Twitch do massive numbers all round.

NickCKelly was one such individual who wanted to give streaming a go, and he couldn’t have been more grateful when he eventually got his first viewers after a while on stream by himself.

He had been streaming for almost an hour when he noticed that some viewers had joined his previously empty chat, and he looked stunned.

“I have my first viewer, hi!” Nick said, looking taken aback by the sudden appearance. “Wow, this is amazing. I’m genuinely honored to have you in my stream, you’re my first viewer that I’ve had, I’ve been streaming for 48 minutes.”

“I feel like I’m gonna cry, man,” he said with the most wholesome reaction possible, tearing up as he spoke to his new viewers.

Over on Reddit, user Avoxio who found Nick’s stream explained why they entered his empty stream. “Me and some friends were scrolling through twitch and found this guy. His stream title got us intrigued so we decided to stop by.”

They also said “at first we thought he was trolling so we messed around a bit not thinking anything of it, throughout our conversation we realized that he was being genuine,” and said they decided to share his stream in hopes of getting him recognition.

Nick also responded in the comments: “I will not let you all down. I want to prove to people that there is goodness in the world, and that we are capable of so much more than most think. I think there’s so much pain and suffering in the world right now. Helping even a single person is making a difference in the world.”

The unexpected reaction from the small streamer certainly seemed to strike a chord with some viewers, and Nick has now shot up to 4.7 thousand followers at the time of writing.