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Shroud returns to streaming after having to evacuate home

Published: 29/Oct/2020 11:55

by Calum Patterson


Top Twitch streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek was forced to evacuate his California home due to the rampant spread of wildfires, forcing him into a streaming hiatus, but he’s now back home, safe and well.

Originally from Canada, shroud has been living in California for the last few years, while his streaming popularity boomed following his exit from professional Counter-Strike.

He’s already been forced into a number of streaming breaks, most infamously after he fell from his scooter and broke his wrist – a major injury for one of the world’s foremost names in FPS aiming skills.

He then took a break following the collapse of Mixer, which he had moved to in a multi-million dollar deal, before returning to Twitch as Microsoft their merged the platform with Facebook Gaming.

Shroud on Twitch
Twitch: Shroud
Shroud returned to his Twitch stream after a spell on Mixer.

Shroud evacuates home

On October 27, Grzesiek was forced into another break, but this time far out of his control. His partner, fellow streamer Bnans, explained on Twitter: “We had to evacuate our home yesterday because of the fires. Stressful day yesterday relocating but we’re safe and waiting to see if we can return to our home.”

Shroud confirmed the news, saying, “Will keep y’all posted. Streams hopefully resume soon.”

Major forest fires have been raging across the west coast of the United States, and two separate fires forced the evacuation of around 90,000 people on October 28.

Thankfully, shroud and Bnan’s evacuation was not a lengthy one, and he was permitted to return home on October 29.

And, it didn’t take long for the streaming superstar to fire up his broadcast right away, making this one of his shorter breaks, although perhaps the scariest.

He jumped right into the action by streaming new release Watch Dogs, and resumed as normal. Fans of the streamer will be happy he wasn’t forced into another extended hiatus from streaming, as he’s already been out of action a fair bit this year.

Currently sitting comfortably as the third most-followed streamer on the platform, he’s outdone only by Tfue and Ninja. Although with Tfue more than a million followers ahead, reclaiming his second-place spot since his return to the Amazon-owned platform may be out of reach.


xQc explains why his 7-day Twitch ban was actually a good thing

Published: 25/Nov/2020 23:59

by Michael Gwilliam


Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel finally returned to streaming after receiving a massive seven-day ban for his role in a Fall Guys Twitch Rivals stream sniping controversy. However, according to the French Canadian, the ban was actually good for him.

xQc’s return to Twitch was met with some huge numbers, with over 100,000 viewers packed into his chat.

With such a massive audience, Lengyel explained how, while he expected to be criticized for his actions, he was shocked at how some folks didn’t want him to improve or get better.

“Seeing people not wanting you to move or not wanting you to go past the hurdles, it’s almost like they’re living through you,” he explained. “There’s a lot of them.”

xQc's Twitch viewers upon his return
xQc’s return stream was pulling in huge numbers.

According to the former Overwatch League pro, even after he apologized for his actions, some people were still attacking him for silly reasons.

“‘Oh no, not good enough of an apology, I hope you get perma-banned,’” he paraphrased of his haters. “I hope nobody gets perma-banned and there are people I really dislike in the content creator space, and I wouldn’t want them to get perma-banned.”

His reasoning for this is because he believes people can come back and do better. But he also addressed people claiming that Twitch was using him as an example.

“I don’t think bigger streamers get preferential treatment. And I think that was a good showcase of it,” he added. “I think, out of all the other instances, I think that was a good showcase of me not getting preferential treatment. If anything, I got the full juicer. Seven-day whole thing and I got clapped.”

Twitch has often been accused of giving some larger streamers better treatment than others on the platform, so this was a refreshing revelation from the Laval-born Lengyel.

“Even if, let’s say, I was being used as an example, and they put me out there as an example of doing a bad thing, that’s fine,” he continued. “That’s fine because when we come back, I can also be an example of doing better.”

Hopefully, xQc can make good on this challenge to himself and actually become better, just as suggested.