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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Travis Scott’s huge Fortnite payout said to top Nike, McDonald’s collabs

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:27

by Theo Salaun

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Travis Scott, rapper and cultural icon, has continually upped the ante for creatives worldwide with his collaborations. According to recent reports, his Epic Games collab on a Fortnite concert is among La Flame’s most profitable ever.

Known personally as Jacques Berman Webster II, professionally as Travis Scott, and during concerts, simply as La Flame, the illustrious rapper has set a stratospheric bar for media collaborations. With his “Cactus Jack” Nike sneakers running wallets dry and his McDonald’s burgers emptying stock, fans might be surprised to find out how closely they were rivaled by his Fortnite profits.

Those profits included merchandise sales, no surprise considering Scott’s successful clothing and pop culture endeavors. Although it was just a nine-minute virtual concert, reports indicate that the 28-year-old rapper earned more from the collab than he did from any of his individual Astroworld tour dates.

According to sources of Forbes’ Abram Brown, Scott “grossed roughly $20 million” from the collaboration with Epic Games (including merchandise sales). Considering the deal’s length, it reportedly out-paces everything from his tours to his Nike and McDonald’s partnerships.

Scott’s 2019 “Astroworld — Wish You Were Here” tour included 57 nights across North America and Europe. Playing his Grammy-nominated album and reaching the peak of his popularity, Scott earned $53.6 million for the entire tour. 

As Forbes similarly reports, the Nike collaboration earns Scott $10 million annually. Even further, the McDonald’s collaboration is expected to have netted him $5 million for the endorsement and around $15 million for merchandise sales.

All in all, that means that Scott’s nine-minute concert and short-term sales from the Fortnite event with Epic Games were more profitable than any individual night of his biggest tour ever while out-performing his Nike collab on a per-year basis. Similarly, without exact numbers confirmed, it appears that the Fortnite deal closely rivals and possibly tops the McDonald’s one. 

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Scott’s Fortnite merch was extensive…to say the least.

More than a testament to Scott’s own brand, the success of this collaboration proves the cultural relevance of the gaming industry as a whole. The concert earned Fortnite 27.7 million unique viewers, with 12.3 million players participating concurrently in the game.

If Scott was able to profit so massively and Epic Games also earned big, then this news simply puts a dollar figure to the continued emergence of gaming in the mainstream.