Steven R. March 12, 2019
Michael "shroud" Grzesiek has hit a big milestone.
The popular streamer has topped 100,000 subscribers on Twitch. The moment came live on stream with Shroud celebrating the occasion with his fans, and the subs kept rolling in afterward. He added 10,000 more in the immediate aftermath.
2018 was a huge year for Shroud. Entering the year as a retired Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player, he was still under contract with former team Cloud9 as a streamer. He split from the organization in April and developed into one of the biggest personalities on Twitch.
In recent months, he has become one of the most popular streamers in the battle royale genre, with his broadcasts of Apex Legends regularly standing as the most watched on Twitch. He still retains those skills that made him a pro in CS:GO, tearing up pub games in popular new titles.
At the moment, Shroud has the most subscribers of anyone on Twitch. According to Twitchtracker.com, the 110,000 subscribers tally nearly triples that of second-place Timothy “TimTheTatMan” Betar. The dropoff is even more precipitous from there as names like Félix "xQc" Lengyel and Dr. Disrespect are currently hovering around the 30,000 mark.
Shroud still has some work cut out for him, though.
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has lost subscribers at a precipitous rate in recent months, with his current total sitting around 26,000. But he still holds the all-time record for most subscribers at one time, topping over 250,000 in April 2018.
As Ninja demonstrated, retaining a paid following on Twitch isn't easy and any number of missteps can result in tens of thousands of fans deciding to hold onto their $4.99.