Shroud explains why he disagrees with xQc on insane stream setups - Dexerto
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Shroud explains why he disagrees with xQc on insane stream setups

Published: 25/Sep/2019 15:42 Updated: 25/Sep/2019 16:24

by Calum Patterson

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As the second biggest streamer on Twitch by total followers, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek is in a unique position to judge the world of streaming, and has explained why he disagrees with his fellow broadcaster xQc about people who ‘overdo’ it.

Becoming a popular streamer typically requires some kind of combination of the following: skill, entertainment, consistency, quality – and some luck.

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xQc, a former Overwatch professional who turned to full-time streaming after being released by the Dallas Fuel, went viral earlier this year after mocking streamers who have insane setups, featuring multiple consoles, PC, cameras, microphones and cameras.

xQc’s argument was that he wanted his streams to feel relaxed; a place for him to chill out, play video games and interact with fans, rather than feeling as though he was entering an office and ‘going to work’.

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Reacting to the clip on September 23, shroud explained why he disagrees with xQc’s position, arguing “I think that shit is cool, I don’t know if [xQc’s] ragging on it, but I think when somebody goes the extra mile, to create all these different cameras, setups, and they work really hard, I think that’s just really cool.”

The former CS:GO pro also argues that those who put that extra effort into their streaming setup will often benefit from it, “It can definitely show better results.

“Imagine somebody doing a cooking stream, so you could do it from your phone, quality is kinda ‘eh’, sound quality is kinda ‘eh’. Or, you could bring a whole computer setup, with a solid $1,000 camera, $700 microphone, and it’ll show.”

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While shroud himself admits that his setup is none too fancy, one of his main rivals, Dr Disrespect, is perhaps the best example that stream quality can yield results in terms of growth and popularity.

The Doc is known for his unrivaled production value, which includes the use of multiple cameras, green screens with various graphic designs and backdrops which add to the illusion of his ‘Arena’.

Twitch: DrDisrespectDr Disrespect uses green screens, professional level graphics and multiple cameras to make his streams stand out.

xQc was more specifically targeting those streamers who perhaps go too far, and think that simply packing their broadcasts full of equipment will render them a better channel automatically.

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For many smaller streamers, it’s not feasible to purchase lots of expensive equipment, but, as shroud notes, a small investment can make all the difference in the long run.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.