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Shroud slams toxic viewers for “ruining” Twitch tournaments

Published: 29/Aug/2020 13:38

by Georgina Smith


Canadian Twitch streamer  Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek took a moment to call out his viewers for creating a negative environment in his chat, whenever he’s playing in any tournaments.

Shroud made his long-anticipated return to Twitch on August 12, after a short-lived and less lucrative stint on Microsoft’s streaming platform Mixer. Once Mixer shut down and merged with Facebook, fans headed back to his Twitch account with his then 7 million (now 8 million) followers intact.

His first stream back garnered him over 500,000 concurrent viewers, in what he called an “epic return.” In the weeks following, he’s gained around one million new followers, a sign that Twitch yields more opportunity than Mixer did.

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Shroud returns to Twitch

Shroud on ‘toxic’ chats

But his “epic return” hasn’t all been totally positive, as on August 28 when playing new hit Fall Guys, he was forced to address the negativity stemming from the chat.

“The thing that sucks about these, we’re playing f**king Fall Guys. We’re playing Fall Guys right now, who gives a f**k,” he began. “The only thing that sucks when it’s any sort of competition, chat is ruthless. The people playing are having a great time, and the chat is ruining everything.”

He implores his viewers to do better, and to not take a lighthearted game such as Fall Guys so seriously just because it’s a competition. “You guys gotta do better. Have fun, watch, don’t be a d*ck.”

“Don’t go over to someone’s stream and call them sh**ty for bringing the team down or something. Like, who the f**k cares? We’re playing Fall Guys!”

Grzesiek has recently spoken about his hunch that Fall Guys “is going to die” if it doesn’t start refreshing their content or adding new maps in order to keep it exciting, and making it easier to play with friends instead of strangers.

While it appears that shroud’s new surge of popularity following his return to Twitch has released a new wave of negativity along with it, he is clearly not afraid to call those people out for their toxicity.


Myth justifies surprising decision to unfollow everyone on social media

Published: 3/Dec/2020 7:58

by Brad Norton


Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani is taking a new approach on social media, as the popular TSM content creator has revealed why he felt it was time to “experiment” by unfollowing everyone on all of his accounts.

Myth is one of the most popular content creators on the internet. The 21-year-old boasts over seven million followers on both Twitch and Instagram, with another four million subscribers on YouTube as well. He’s grown a massive community with his energetic vibes and impressive gameplay, but Myth just made a drastic change.

Across all social media accounts, the content creator has now wiped the slate clean. He no longer follows any streamer pals, no business contacts, or anyone in between. Myth follows a grand total of zero accounts across all of his platforms.

Why make such a sudden change? Myth explained it all in a series of tweets on December 2. In a difficult year as it is, he felt it was the right time to “experiment with having zero people followed across [his] social media sites.”

One of the main factors behind this decision was to stop himself from “comparing” to others. It can be easy to see idyllic Instagram posts, for instance, and feel a little down in the dumps by comparison. Everyone can empathize with that experience these days. So in order to block it out, his social media is now wiped clean.

The current global crisis certainly didn’t help either. “I’ve had some of the loneliest moments of my life,” he explained. “Social media doesn’t make that feeling any better, at least with the way I currently use it. It just ends up making me feel like other people got it better”

Obviously, most social media personalities are often sharing the highlights in their lives. Rarely do we see our favorite content creators truly breaking down that barrier and sharing everything. Most of the time, we only see what they want us to see. Myth is well aware of this and understands “that’s not the full reality of things.”

Despite this, it’s still a “really draining mindset to have,” he explained. “I wanna eradicate it.” In light of his transparency, countless others reached out to commend his decision. 

“You’re an amazing streamer,” Dakotaz followed up. “Do whatever you gotta do.”

While Myth has unfollowed everyone, he wanted to stress that he’ll still be active and interacting with his fanbase. “I can still see and appreciate comments and messages,” he added.

Don’t expect Myth to keep his accounts this clean forever though. It may be a solid reprieve during this chaotic year, but even he joked that in “six months [he’ll] definitely be back” to his usual ways.