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Shroud finally breaks post-Mixer silence with cryptic Valorant tweet

Published: 31/Jul/2020 3:05 Updated: 31/Jul/2020 3:33

by Isaac McIntyre

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Streaming star Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has finally broken his social media silence with a cryptic Valorant tweet, more than a month after Microsoft paid out his exclusive Mixer contract ahead of the platform’s shutdown.

The six-second GIF teaser posted on July 30 ⁠— 38 days after Grzesiek’s last tweet ⁠— shows an animated gun graphic. The blue-washed steel weapon’s trigger is pulled, before it fires a bullet to the left of the screen.

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The most interesting part of the teaser comes just two seconds in. Short flashes of Valorant gameplay footage can be seen on the barrel of the gun. This includes a clear shot of Omen, one of the title’s original release agents.

The footage flashes begin with a short snippet showing someone firing with an Operator, Valorant’s AWP equivalent. The in-clip teaser then finishes with some kind of explosion, though it’s not clear what’s causing the detonation.

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The gun itself does evoke Escape From Tarkov, another title shroud had been regularly playing on-stream before Mixer’s shutdown. Battlestate’s hardcore FPS title has been going from strength to strength in recent times, partly thanks to shroud’s support.

Shroud himself didn’t include any comment with the teaser; he has not yet made it clear when he will release a statement on his future. The last time he addressed the situation was on June 23, when he said he was “figuring out [his] next steps.”

The teaser, of course, set chins wagging almost immediately. One theory that sprung up was that the retired CSGO pro was finally making good on his recent April Fool’s prank, where he pretended he was “going pro in Valorant” because he missed competitive play.

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Shroud played for Cloud9's CSGO team for four years before calling it quits in late 2017.
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Shroud played for Cloud9’s CSGO team for four years before calling it quits in late 2017.

Others were more simple; he had “pulled the trigger” on a return deal with Twitch. That would mean references to Riot’s FPS title, and possibly Escape from Tarkov, were only included in because he had been playing both a lot in the past few months.

A return to the Amazon-owned platform makes sense ⁠— he still boasts 7.1 million followers — but the teaser offered no specific clues on that front. Similarly, YouTube streaming popped up as a suggestion nearly immediately.

Shroud’s fans made a few more humorous suggestions too, including the possibility the ‘human aimbot’ had “killed DrDisrespect”. While it certainly would provide a good reason for the Doc’s disappearance, that one is definitely not true.

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Shroud spent ten months streaming exclusively on Mixer before the Microsoft broadcast platform was shutdown.
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Shroud spent ten months streaming exclusively on Mixer before the Microsoft broadcast platform was shutdown.

Shroud jumped ship from Twitch to Mixer in late November 2019, after inking an exclusive deal reportedly worth up to $13 million per year. The former CSGO pro had to honor the Mixer deal for less than a year, however, after the platform shut its doors in July.

Grzesiek reportedly walked away with a full payout for his three-year deal, and turned down a move to Facebook Gaming. He, along with fellow Mixer star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, have yet to confirm their next platform of choice.

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EA removes FIFA 21 ad selling loot boxes to children after backlash

Published: 1/Oct/2020 5:30 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 5:47

by Bill Cooney

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September 30 update (9:30pm PT): EA has pulled the advertisement from all toy magazines, including the one shown in Smyths, promoting buying FIFA points in the lead-up to FIFA 21.

They have also apologized for not upholding their “responsibility we take for the experience of our younger players.”

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“We take very seriously the responsibilities we have when marketing EA games and experiences in channels seen by children,” they told Eurogamer in a statement.

Earlier: EA is under fire after users on the internet posted pictures of advertisements for FIFA 21 in-game purchases placed inside a children’s toy magazine.

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It’s that time of year again, the air is getting cooler, the holidays are fast approaching, and there’s a new FIFA game about to come out on October 6.

In the year 2020 it’s not strange at all to see ads for video games amongst other kinds of toys in your usual holiday catalogs (if you don’t already do all your shopping online). However ads for in-game transactions and not the games themselves are becoming more and more common, and people don’t seem to be too thrilled with the idea.

On Sept. 26 A Twitter account by the name of AllFifamistakes posted a picture from one of the latest in-store magazines for UK company Smyths Toys. The ad, for FIFA’s popular Ultimate Team mode, lists four steps for players to play FUT, with the second being “use FIFA points to open packs.”

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As any good FUT player knows, FIFA Points are the digital currency that is used specifically for that mode to unlock player packs, which are basically random loot boxes containing player cards and other upgrades.

Enough arguments have been made for and against loot boxes being a form of gambling than we could list in a series of articles, but they are one of the most unpopular features in modern-day gaming, and seen as a way for companies to keep cashing in on consumers after the fork out the sticker price just to play the game.

The fact that it’s in a toy magazine where a kid will most likely see it and bother his or her parent about buying them FIFA Points for some player packs is what seems to have ticked most people off, with some accusing EA of promoting gambling to their younger fans. However, this isn’t even the first FIFA game to employ such marketing tactics.

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As you can see above, EA SPORTS has been advertising using FIFA Points to open packs as part of their “four steps to FUT success” for at least a year now, with the exact same wording appearing on adverts for FIFA 20 back around holiday season 2019.

Like gambling itself, it doesn’t seem as though loot boxes will be going away any time soon no matter how unpopular they may be, but people obviously aren’t too fond of ads for them being waved under kids’ noses.

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