Mixer star Michael ‘shroud‘ Grzesiek may be known for his god-like FPS skills, but the popular streamer explained why he used to stream snipe back when he was unknown.
Shroud is one of the most popular streamers in the world, as thousands tune in to see his shooter skills that are so insane, many call him “the human aimbot.”
However, the Mixer star opened up about his past as a “filthy” stream sniper, and explained why his motivations led him to meet people like Jaryd ‘summit1g‘ Lazar for the first time.
During his December 2 broadcast, shroud’s friend brought up his history of meeting Summit1g by stream sniping him during DayZ years back, which caused the Mixer personality to jokingly exclaim, “Yep, I’m a stream sniper. A filthy, filthy sniper!”
His partner then pointed out how established broadcasters actually meet friends through stream sniping. “It’s so funny that it’s actually like a thing for a lot of people, how they met is like stream sniping each other and whatnot,” he said.
The former-CSGO pro agreed and stated that stream sniping wasn’t always seen as a negative thing: “Yeah, back then, it wasn’t as frowned upon.”
Shroud then explained why he thinks stream sniping today is no longer a positive thing. “But I also think it’s because it wasn’t as bad. The scale of it, you know? The scale of it now is absurd!”
He then said his prior intentions were back when stream sniping wasn’t toxic. “Yeah, back then I didn’t do it maliciously,” he stated, as both agreed that the action today has become more about harassment.
“I just stream sniped to troll or to just try to meet up and see if they wanted to play,” the streamer finished, as he explained how he just wanted to meet new people.
Shroud hasn’t been shy in the past about his stream sniping, and revealed before that he actually met popular Twitch star Summit1g years ago in DayZ by doing this.
In a 2018 clip he confessed, “well, me and Summit met when I was stream sniping him in DayZ to be honest, yeah. I stream sniped him in DayZ and that’s how we met.”
Although, he explained that his antics were just when they became aware of each other and that they had been re-introduced later on. “That was just a stream snipe occasion. It was just me. I just ran in as a random dude, and was like “hey what’s up boys?”,” he said.
According to shroud, it seems stream sniping back in the day had less implications, given it was before it became a tool to harass popular streamers and ruin their matches.
The FPS pro shook the industry up in October 2019 when he announced he was leaving his wildly successful Twitch channel behind to stream exclusively with Microsoft’s platform Mixer – something that’s turned out incredibly well for him.