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Entertainment • Mar 16, 2019

Shroud overtaken as fastest growing Twitch streamer by very suspicious channel

Shroud overtaken as fastest growing Twitch streamer by very suspicious channel

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.

The former CS:GO has become the new King of Twitch in recent weeks.

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.

Shroud and Dizzy lagged behind the Casino streamer.

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. 

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