One of Twitch’s most popular streamers, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek was not the streaming platform’s most followed channel for March - being beaten out by a very suspicious account.
The former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional has skyrocketed in popularity since the release of the new free-to-play battle royale title, Apex Legends. Shroud surpassed the 100,000 subscribers mark earlier in the month of March - capping off an incredible few weeks.
However, that incredible success doesn’t mean that he was the most followed channel for the month of March.
Instead, that honor went to Novat0r_Konb - an account dedicated to advertising an online casino page. The brand-new channel gained over 485,000 followers during a 30-minute stream on March 3 - its only broadcast of the month.
The suspicious account seemingly has links to a channel, called Slot_V, that tried the same thing at the end of 2019. Before being deleted by Twitch, the profile photo for the Novat0r_Konb account showcased ‘Slot V’ above what looked like an offer designed to attract new users.
The Slot_V account dominated the most followed channel charts in December - beating out incredibly popular Fortnite streamers Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney.
The account had amassed over 430,000 followers despite only attracting 3,000 viewers to their small 40-minute stream - strikingly similar to how Novat0r_Konb operated at the beginning of March.
Similarly to Novat0r_Konb, the account had its channel deleted from the streaming platform after seemingly botting fake viewers and followers in a bid to advertise their gambling website.