Who is Shroud as Twitch streamer passes 100k subscribers?

Michael Grzesiek ‘Shroud’ speaks after leading his team to win the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 in the San Jose Convention Center on October 27, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

Michael Grzesiek, known online as Shroud, has become on of the most popular video game streamers.

After a successful eSports career he has now gone on to grow his Twitch channel into one of the biggest on the platform.

The Canadian is most known for his time playing competitive tournaments for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and PUBG, although more recently he has gained attention for his Apex Legends streams.

Shroud has recently passed 100,000 subscribers on Twitch, which is more than double his nearest rival TimtheTatMan and way ahead of Ninja who currently has around 27,000.

Twitch streamers are continuing to see their audience expand as eSports and streams of casual gameplay continues to increase in popularity.

Ninja has so far been the most mainstream Twitch streamer after gaining millions of followers thanks to his Fortnite gameplay, but Shroud is one of many gamers who aren’t too far behind.

Who is Shroud and how many followers does he have?

Shroud’s real name is Michael Grzesiek and he is a 24-year-old video game streamer from Ontario, Canada.

The gamer regularly stream on his Twitch channel which has nearly 6 million followers, making him the second most followed channel behind Ninja who currently has around 13 million.

He started to build a presence in the gaming world when he established himself as a professional Counter-Strike: Global Offence player, competing in various eSports tournaments within the ESEA league.

He accumulated over $200k in prize money and he represented various eSports teams such as Exertus, Manajuma and Cloud9.

Shroud decided to stop playing CS:Go professionally in April 2018 and has turned his focus towards streaming his gameplay online.

More recently he has moved away from Coutner Strike and played various other competitive games including Rainbow Six Siege, PUBG and more recently he has been a leading Apex Legends streamer.

Michael has also just reached a milestone 100,000 subscribers on Twitch which is a way for fans to directly support their favourite creators on the platform.

Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek plays Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

What are Twitch subscriptions?

The system enables viewers to pay money to streamers who are partners of Twitch and subscribers can often get exclusive emotes and badges, as well as special alerts as part of their subscription to a particular channel.

The lowest tier for a Twitch subscription is £4.99 per month, but Twitch Prime users can claim one free subscription each month which costs them nothing but still helps fund the creator.

Team Shroud, lead by Michael Grzesiek, celebrates winning the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

Who are the most followed on Twitch?

Ninja currently sits top of the most-followed list on Twitch with more than double the amount of followers as Shroud who sits in second place according to TwitchMetrics.

After that the gaps become much smaller with just 2.6 million separating the second and tenth most subscribed-to channels.

Despite having the most subscribers Ninja is only fifth for the most-watched channel with ESL_CSGO claiming the top spot with 18.7 million over the last 30 days, and Shroud takes second place with 14.9 million.

Shroud is also experiencing the fastest rise in followers on the platform with more than 600,000 new viewers following his channel over the last month.

Ninja has had the opposite fortune to Shroud after he reportedly lost 90% of his Twitch subscribers in 10 months.

Twitch channels with the most followers

  1. Ninja – 13.6 million
  2. Shroud – 5.9 million
  3. Tfue – 5.1 million
  4. TSM_Myth – 4.9 million
  5. summit1g – 3.6 million
  6. TmTheTatman – 3.5 million
  7. dakotaz – 3.5 million
  8. Riot Games – 3.4 million
  9. TSM_Daequan – 3.4 million
  10. DrDisrespect – 3.3 million

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