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Shroud explains why Twitch signing streamers is a “great” thing

by Brent Koepp

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During his December 14 broadcast, popular streamer Michael 'shroud' Grzesiek explained how Mixer's rival Twitch signing other major streamers is actually "great" for the industry.

Shroud turned the industry on its head when he announced in October that he was following in the footsteps of Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins, and signing exclusively to stream with Mixer.

However, despite being a partner with Microsoft, the FPS god says it's a great thing that their rival Twitch is making moves and also signing personalities to their platform.

Twitter: @shroud
Twitter: @shroud
The popular Mixer streamer is one of the best FPS players in the world.

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Shroud says Twitch signing streamers is "great"

The steamer was playing Escape from Tarkov with a friend when his streaming partner asked him what his thoughts were on Twitch signing popular streamers such as Dr Lupo, TimTheTatman and LIRIK to "secure them."

"I think it's great. Because now everyone is getting their fair share pretty much," he said, to which is partner pointed out "it's going to be a lot harder to scout people that's for sure!"

The Mixer star then compared the industry to sports organizations. "The streaming industry is changing now. Now it's going to be a matter of people signing people like sports and sh*t. Which is cool. That's good for the creators!" he said.

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Shroud's streaming partner then exclaimed that "financial security" is one of the biggest concerns for any streamer, and that deals like these means that they don't have to worry as much about losing subs.

"At the end of the day you focus what you do best – creating content. You know? You don't have to worry about all the other bullsh*t. And that's why you do sign," shroud explained.

The two then joked about how since shroud moved to Mixer, he doesn't have to worry about people in chat complaining about which games he should play, to which he replied, "They still do a little bit. But it's not that bad."

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Despite recent reports that shroud has lost a substantial amount of viewers since moving to Mixer, the streamer doesn't seem too worried about views judging by past statements where he exclaimed "I don't have to sit there and stress that "Oh sh*t my viewers went down."'

Considering the lucrative deals that these streaming platforms are making to secure these popular personalities, it makes sense why viewership numbers wouldn't be as important to them.