Streaming superstar Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has hinted at the fact that Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop’s move to YouTube is only the start of an industry shake-up.
Prior to Tyler 'Ninja’ Blevins swapping Twitch for Mixer, popular streamers never really deviated from the juggernaut of a livestreaming platform. However, since that move shook up the streaming world, some broadcasters have become more open to switching things up.
Shroud followed Ninja to Mixer at the end of October, while more recently, on November 4, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional had been watching CouRage’s annoucement video when it came to a close and he started to comment on his fellow streamer’s move.
“The industry is changing,” he said in an almost singing tone. “Nice, congrats to the man.” One viewer picked up on his comments and asked him if things were only just getting started. “Is stuff just getting started? Oh yeah,” shroud replied. “Oh yeah, just getting started.”
While shroud didn’t offer up anything more than that, it does tie in with reports that suggest that a number of streamers who also have the same representation – Loaded – as Shroud, Ninja, and CouRage are eyeing up their options.
According to esports consultant Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, all of Loaded’s clients have been in talks with other platforms like Mixer or have already renewed their deals with Twitch.
nearly all of Loaded's clients are in current negotiations with other streamer platforms, most of them with Mixer, or have already signed deals to stay at Twitch, sources say
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) November 4, 2019
Whether someone like Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar or Saqib 'LIRIK' Zahid, who both have a long-standing history with Twitch decide to leave too, remains to be seen.
With that being said, it would absolutely send further shockwaves through the streaming world – especially if somewhere like Mixer continues to eat into Twitch’s hold on the market.