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Shroud explains why he's willing to lose viewers and money streaming WoW Classic

by Calum Patterson

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Popular Twitch streamer Michael 'shroud' Grzesiek is better known for his FPS skills than his MMORPGs, but is staying dedicated to World of Warcraft Classic, even if it costs him viewers and money.

As the second most followed active Twitch streamer, usurped by Tfue on August 28, shroud is always certain to pull tens of thousands of viewers regardless of the game he plays.

However, when he's not playing shooters like PUBG or Apex Legends, some of shroud's regular viewers may be less interested, and World of Warcraft is not exactly his go-to game.

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WoW Classic has been popular on Twitch, but it's not shroud's regular game.

But, the highly anticipated launch of WoW Classic on August 26 has hooked the former CS:GO pro player, and he's been grinding the game for long hours since.

At first, shroud enjoyed a healthy boost of viewership on day one of WoW Classic, although he was beaten out by the likes of Asmongold and Sodapoppin, who are better known in that community. This viewership has since dwindled, and he is getting lower numbers than usual.

When asked about his choice to stream WoW despite the drop in views, shroud responded: "Are you worried about what WoW is doing to your viewership? Not really. I figured I would not get the views I normally get, I would not get the (donations) I normally get, I would not get the subs I normally get."

Rather, he explains that he's playing WoW Classic purely for his own enjoyment, and streaming it for whoever does care to watch and support it.

Long-term, it is possible that some viewers may turn away from his channel if he were to play nothing but WoW, although this seems unlikely. 

Given his profile, shroud often does sponsored streams for newly released games, and his attention to one game is usually limited to a few months at most.

WoW Classic has certainly got him "addicted" already though, and, at least for now, fans of his stream may have to put up with it.