Shroud explains why Mixer will be successful long-term against Twitch - Dexerto

Shroud explains why Mixer will be successful long-term against Twitch

Published: 25/May/2020 13:31

by Joe Craven


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, ex-CS:GO professional turned full-time Mixer streamer, has explained why ‘the long game’ should ultimately benefit Mixer in its battle against Twitch.

The debate over which streaming platform was most dominant would not have even existed a year ago. However, Mixer’s acquisition of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and shroud saw two of Twitch’s biggest names make the switch to Microsoft’s rival platform.

This led to a flurry of long-term contracts being penned in the streaming community. DrDisrespect and Pokimane pledged their future to Twitch, while CouRage moved over to YouTube. However, Twitch still appears to be comfortably in the lead in terms of popularity, despite the home of shroud and Ninja being elsewhere.

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Ninja and shroud have moved from Twitch to Mixer.

In a May 23 YouTube video, the Mixer streamer shared his thoughts on the battle between the two platforms. While he conceded that Mixer is still lagging behind, he stated that people just have to be more patient.

“Twitch has been around for longer, therefore there’s more people there,” he said. “So a lot of people don’t think of the long-con. They don’t think of the long play. They just think of the short-term play.”

While Twitch is undoubtedly more successful at the moment, it has been around for considerably longer than Mixer and so has an abundance of large personalities. The fact there are so many people on Twitch will be a discouraging factor when new streamers are starting up their accounts.

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“So if you take Twitch and Mixer, of course Twitch right now is doing so good,” he went on, “and continuing to do so good. Because they have something. People who have started on Twitch 6 years ago, 5 years ago, 3 years ago… if they started that long ago, they probably have a good foundation.”

He explained that if you fast-forward two or three years, the “up-and-comers” on Mixer should have well-established followings, like the more common, older accounts on Twitch. New creators are more likely to start on Mixer now, because Twitch is so “over-saturated”.

“When you’re creating a streaming platform, you really just have to sit there, and f**king wait,” he finished. “Like, truly, that’s what you gotta do, and Microsoft’s perfect because Microsoft’s f**king huge. They have the resources to just sit there and wait… that’s how I know Mixer has a very very good chance to succeed.”

While Twitch remains the most dominant platform by a considerable distance, shroud maintains that his current home has an incredibly positive future, provided they are willing to wait for it to grow on its own.


TikTokers Lexi Rivera and Ben Azelart explain why they broke up

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:31

by Alice Hearing


Internet personalities Lexi Rivera and Ben Azelart have explained why they broke up after three years together, in an emotional video posted to YouTube.

Lexi Rivera is known in association with her brother Brent who is one of TikTok’s biggest creators with 35 million followers, while Lexi herself has more than 14 million followers on the app. The siblings also have a combined 19.5 million subscribers on YouTube.

Ben Azelart is also heavily associated with the siblings and has himself built up a huge following of 11 million followers on TikTok. But fans were devastated to find out this week that the duo were no longer a couple.

Lexi and Ben posted a video explaining why, saying that they thought they owed their fans the truth. Lexi said: “I have so much respect for Ben and he’s like literally one of the best people I’ve ever met in my entire life.” Ben responded, “I mean the same goes for me, Lexi is one of the nicest, sweetest, funniest people I’ve ever met.”

Lexi Rivera Ben Azelart break up
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Lexi and Ben dated for three years

Addressing their viewers, Lexi explained why it took so long for them to officially break the news: “I know that it’s been super confusing for you guys and that is because it’s been just as confusing for us we’ve been very just on and off again and I don’t think we were really sure what we wanted to do until now.

“Having a relationship is one thing, but having a relationship online is a completely different story and it was very confusing for us. Honestly, it wasn’t easy being young like we were 15 and 16.

Lexi went on to say that the relationship no longer made them both happy. “We both had so much fun doing it, but I think as years went on it just became a little too complicated…I think what was hard is we want to make you guys happy as well as make ourselves happy.

“Ultimately we just didn’t do both and I think what’s most important was focusing on ourselves for now.”

Lexi and Ben finished by saying that they’re not parting ways forever and that they both felt it was just the wrong time to be together.