Counter Strike: Global Offensive was released in 2012, but continues to entertain millions of players worldwide. It currently holds the record for most viewed Twitch event at all time, as over 1.1 million tuned in to watch 2018’s ELEAGUE Boston Major.
Shroud experienced considerable success as a professional player, winning the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals in 2016 with Cloud9, before retiring to stream in 2018. Since then, he has become the most subscribed to Twitch streamer through playing a variety of games, including Apex Legends. However, he is known to still occasionally play CS:GO and, while streaming on May 3, he revealed the vast amount of money he has spent on loot crates.
While opening Xanmeer crates in search of a super-rare mount in The Elder Scrolls Online, shroud responded to his chat: “'Does he know that the mount he wants is super rare?' Listen man, I come from Counter-Strike, you don’t even know about super rare!”
“Do you know how much money I’ve given to Gaben, opening up fucking CS:GO crates?” continued shroud. “Over $100,000 I gave that man.”
Shroud stating that he gave money to “Gaben” is in reference to Gabe Newell, the co-founder of Valve Corporation, the company behind both Steam and CS:GO. He goes by the online nickname “Gaben”.
“Fucking Gaben, little bitch,” jokes shroud. “Sorry, I don’t mean it like that, I love you [Gaben]. I’m sorry. I’m just a little angry.”
Responding to his own claim of spending $100,000 on CS:GO crates, shroud explained that it could be even more, having given his "soul" - all for "lord Gaben".
Wait u thought this was real? LUL I spent way more on Lord gaben. He has my soul.— Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) May 4, 2019
While CS:GO is free to play on Steam, in-game loot crates can be purchased via the Steam Marketplace, as players try and acquire rare skins and other cosmetic items. There has even been controversy surrounding the loot crates, as they were banned in Netherlands and Belgium after being classed as gambling.
Shroud’s Twitch chat was understandably shocked when he revealed the incredible amount of money he had spent, but with an estimated net worth of $3.9 billion dollars, we’re not sure Gaben needs the money.