Shroud’s historic Twitch return makes him fastest-growing streamer - Dexerto

Shroud’s historic Twitch return makes him fastest-growing streamer

Published: 30/Aug/2020 0:37

by Theo Salaun


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek returned to Twitch after a post-Mixer vacation and the legendary FPS player and streamer has been rewarded by over 1 million new followers, giving him, by far, the platform’s fastest-growing channel.

Shroud joined Ninja by accepting a multi-million-dollar contract to exclusively stream on Mixer in December 2019. Eight months later, Mixer folded, and the two walked away with fatter bank accounts. According to reports, shroud’s contract was worth $30 million, causing speculation over his next deal. Now, after a light vacation, he’s back on Twitch and early statistics prove him to be the platform’s fastest-growing streamer by a very wide margin.

Shroud Twitch Metrics
Shroud’s rise in Twitch followers over the past 30 days vastly outpaces any other channel.

According to TwitchMetrics, shroud has gained 1,073,289 new followers over the last 30 days. That makes him the platform’s hottest channel by over 500,000, as no other channel has grown by even half a million over the last month.  

Ninja hasn’t been streaming as consistently, but he still ranks as the most-followed channel on Twitch, with a whopping 15 million users still awaiting the gaming icon’s streams. But thanks to his Valorant and variety streams, shroud is rising right back up the rankings. Now, at 8.1 million followers, he is right on track to battle with Tfue for the second-most followers on all of the platform (Tfue has around 9 million).

After announcing his return to Twitch in early August, shroud has cemented his status as one of gaming’s greatest streaming talents. From Valorant to Fall Guys, to Escape From Tarkov, the FPS beast returned with a goatee and a vengeance — as proven by how quickly his channel is growing on a daily basis.

In a testament to his community and presence, followers and brand partnerships have come easily for the head-clicker. Most recently, he was announced as a captain for Bud Light Seltzer’s Battle of the Best tournament, which features 16 streamers in a contest spanning four different games. 

As experienced in banter as he is in flick shots, shroud got right back into the thick of streamer trash talk by taking a shot at TimTheTatman in his announcement Tweet, noting that he will be “competing against some real gamers and TimTheTatman.”

Not all real gamers are legitimate streamer personalities, but shroud’s fans apparently think he is both. Gaining over 1 million followers in a month is impressive and the industry will be eagerly anticipating just how far this growth can go.


YouTuber Airrack fools internet with fake jetpack prank

Published: 23/Nov/2020 15:50

by Alice Hearing


Up-and-coming YouTuber Eric ‘Airrack’ Decker has fooled the internet and one of Los Angeles’ biggest news channels by faking that he flew a jetpack at LAX airport.

Airrack has been making waves on YouTube throughout 2020, capitalizing on viral content and finding his way into the lives of the likes of Logan Paul and David Dobrik through sheer power of will and confidence.

In September the creator attempted to sneak his $100,000, 27ft yacht into the backyard pool of Logan Paul without him noticing. This time around, he’s achieved one of his greatest pranks yet, without actually doing a stunt in the flesh.

The creator and his team set about to trick the internet and news channels into thinking he was behind the mysterious sightings of a man flying a jetpack around LAX.

Airrack Eric Decker
Instagram: Airrack
Airrack has been making waves on YouTube throughout 2020

The plan was to start by making a 3D model of Airrack’s head, then a 3D model of an Iron Man suit. Next, they filmed fake footage at LAX airport, and paid their friend Mark to create “the most real fake video of all time.”

They then posted the video to r/wtf on Reddit to get the ball rolling, earning 2,700 upvotes within the first hour, and eventually hitting the top spot on the subreddit with more than 20,000 upvotes.

The next day, Airrack and his team were contacted by news stations including KTLA 5 news who offered to interview the creator. Airrack’s friend Mack pretended to be a man called Matt Cantrell, who’s interview about the fake-sighting was broadcast on KTLA 5 News at 10 pm that day, alongside the fake clip that the team had made.

Fans were completely in awe of the stunt, with one viewer comparing it to legendary pranks of the past, “This is like Yes Theory when they pranked the internet with the Justin Bieber eating a burrito sideways.”

Another person commented, “How does Airrack not have 1 mill? These videos are bangers. He literally had the news eating out of their hands.”