Nick J. August 12, 2020
Michael "shroud" Grzesiek's return to Twitch made history for the streamer as he passed 500,000 concurrent viewers within minutes of turning on his camera.
Viewers poured into the Twitch channel by the thousands. While the chat was quickly placed in followers-only mode, donations and gifted subscriptions poured in for almost 45 minutes before shroud even appeared on camera. But as the man himself appeared back on the streaming platform after many months away, it was as though he had never left. After booting up Valorant, shroud surpassed the 500,000 concurrent viewer mark before he had even entered the practice range.
shroud also revealed the games he'll be playing in the coming weeks, including Valorant, Escape from Tarkov, and DayZ.
Notable CSGO pros show up among shroud's Valorant friends
shroud, a former CSGO pro player himself, gave fans a glimpse at just who he gamed with while scrolling through his friends list in Valorant, with such names as fellow former CSGO pros Spencer "HiKo" Martin and Rory "dephh" Jackson on shroud's Riot profile sidebar. But it was former CSGO player Justin "Just9n" Ortiz who wound up showing off in shroud's first stream back. After shroud had sidestepped into a double spray down, just9n came through with the four-kill post-plant clutch.
All of this in only shroud's first day back on the job. Who knows what heights shroud might reach once he's had a few days to settle back into his home on Twitch.