Twitcher Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek became a figurehead in the gaming world by playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Now, he’s transitioned from gaming professionally to streaming professionally on Twitch while he’s in the middle of games like PUBG and Fortnite. 

The ​​26-year-old Canadian has remained a sought-after gamer, amassing 9.8M subscribers on Twitch, 1.9M Twitter followers, and 1.6M followers on Instagram. Shroud earned followers by collaborating with a host of other creators, including Just9n, Timthetatman, HighDistortion, and Skadoodle

In 2019, Shroud left Twitch for an exclusive deal on Mixer, a video gaming streaming service owned by Microsoft. When Mixer folded, they bought out his contract for a reported $10M. And Shroud returned to Twitch: “Twitch is where I was able to first turn my passion for streaming into a successful career – and it is all due to my incredible and loyal fanbase.

“As I was exploring options, I realized that there was no better place than Twitch to engage with the best and most loyal gaming community worldwide. I am also excited to relaunch my channel with a new look and logo that I know my fans will love. I’m back, baby!”

In 2020, Shroud returned to his Twitch community, estimating his net worth to be between $8M and 12M.

Why we’re a Stan: Shroud didn’t let Mixer’s bad turn hurt his content business. He came back to Twitch stronger, smartly rebranding his look and logo for the new era.

A deal with @Microsoft's defunct Mixer didn't end the business success of @Shroud. He's back on @Twitch and doing great. #Stan #ContentEntrepreneur Share on X

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Shameyka McCalman is a wordsmith whose work often centers around fashion, art, and other creatives of color. She earned her communications degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and enjoys sifting through clothes in local vintage shops, frequenting nearby plays, and gazing at exhibitions on view in museums.