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Shroud responds to fans labelling streamers “sellouts”

Published: 2/Mar/2019 18:02 Updated: 2/Mar/2019 18:21

by Bill Cooney


Popular Twitch streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek is confident sponsored streams are just something fans will have to get used to.

While playing Apex Legends after a sponsored stream for The Division 2, shroud told viewers why he thinks sponsored streams are a positive thing.

“It’s really cool to see all the sponsored content happening, you know?” he told viewers. “It’s only getting bigger in terms of like people trying to sponsor streamers and YouTubers that do it.”

More and more streamers doing sponsored streams, shroud claimed, would lead to less people calling those who do ‘sellouts’.

“It’s really cool. One: because obviously you get paid,” shroud said. “And two, the more that it happens, the less people are going to be like ‘wow sellout, wow this’, you know?”

At first, shroud said content creators were somewhat hesitant to do sponsored streams for fear of being labelled a sellout, but now it seems like the rewards are starting to outweigh that fear for more and more streamers.

Besides getting paid, shroud said streamers aren’t being forced to say a sponsored stream’s games are must-haves either way.

“When you do a sponsored stream you don’t have to say it’s the best game in the world.” the streamer put forward. “You’re just there to play it and not blatantly be like, ‘this game is trash,’ and you don’t do that anyway.”

If shroud’s correct, we’ll probably see a big increase in the amount of sponsored streams on Twitch and YouTube headed into 2019.


YouTubers & influencers congratulate Halsey on pregnancy announcement

Published: 28/Jan/2021 0:45

by Theo Salaun


Singer-songwriter Halsey is pregnant – and social media, from influencers and YouTubers to countless fans, has lit up with congratulations for the beloved cultural sensation.

Ashley ‘Halsey’ Nicolette Frangipane is an American singer-songwriter with Grammy nominations, Billboard accolades and, above all else, a feverish social media following. Known for her activism and eclecticism, the musician has become a cultural icon with fans across the world.

That variety of fans is not restrained to just social media stans, either, as the singer has apparently amassed a ton of appreciation from fellow influencers. Some of the biggest names from YouTube and social media have popped up congratulating her, nestled between messages from the 36.9 million followers Halsey boasts throughout Instagram and Twitter. 

Posting a “surprise” Instagram carousel of baby bump pictures, the 26-year-old’s comment section is filled with verified check marks sending their love and joy. From established models (and fellow activists) like Emily Ratajkowski to YouTube superstars like James Charles, the support has been nothing short of overflowing.

In the replies to Halsey’s viral IG post, influencer Gabbie Hanna was joined by TikTok legend Addison Rae by sending an ecstatic “congratulations” message. Singer Olivia Rodrigo, whose “Drivers License” track has gone viral on TikTok, joined in too, but wasn’t satisfied with just one message.

In all caps (the pinnacle of excitement), Rodrigo sent a “YESSSS” before following up with a “SENDING U SO MUCH LOVE.”

Similarly uppercased, Charles chimed in with a reply that seems to concisely echo the sentiments shared by all of Halsey’s fans and friends: “CONGRATULATIONS AHHH.”

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Aside from being happy about the idea of a mini version of Halsey entering the world, close fans are likely well-aware of how meaningful the moment is for her. The singer has been candid about her past with infertility and her desire for a child, as a 2015 miscarriage prompted the song “More” on her Manic album.

In the wake of such a harrowing history with the desire to bear a child, the news of Halsey’s pregnancy is certainly cause for celebration. Caps-locked congratulations are most certainly in order and few, influencers and fans alike, have held back in rejoicing with the singer and her boyfriend, screenwriter Alev Aydin.

“More,” too, can now be played with added joy. Some of its more expressive lyrics take on a new dimension, as a foreseeing welcome to her baby: “And when you decide it’s your time to arrive, I’ve loved you for all of my life.”