Popular Twitch personality Herschel “Dr Disrespect” Beahm had nothing nice to say about Michael “shroud” Grzesiek’s recent move to competing streaming platform Mixer.
“Who’s gonna follow shroud now,” Dr Disrespect ranted, echoing the question his fans keep asking him. “I was the first one there in Washington before Ninja, before shroud. They wanted the number one. I said…”
Then, a dramatically long pause.
“Wrong!” he exclaimed, staring into the webcam from behind his sunglasses.
Why Dr Disrespect won’t stream on Mixer
Although it seemed like the big-name streamer was mostly talking about shroud’s move in jest, Dr Disrespect followed up the exclamations with some more serious critiques of Microsoft’s competing broadcast site.
“Mixer wants to be relevent. Their expecation is to mix their little Xbox streams and a space for influencers to grow. They claim 30 million monthly active users, but that’s because all of their Xbox users get default Mixer streams,” Dr Disrespect said.
He then explained why he felt Twitch was the superior platform, telling his followers that Mixer has “extremely low” engagement compared to Twitch. His current streaming home not only has “extremely high engagement,” but also “session times that they monetize by millions of minutes of content watched.”
Meanwhile, he feels Mixer is just trying to get their numbers up by taking big names from their biggest rival.
“The man got paid. Did he get paid more than the Doctor? Did the guy with the blue hair – the little Dragon Ball Z anime guy – did he get paid more than the Doctor? No, both of them didn’t,” Dr Disrespect concluded.
With shroud and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins now exclusively streaming on Mixer, Dr Disrespect is only gaining more popularity on Twitch. According to TwitchTracker, Dr Disrespect has over 3.7 million followers on Twitch, and his highest number of concurrent views was a staggering 363,980. Despite having streamed less this week than in previous weeks, Dr Disrespect saw his average views and followers rise.
Ninja excited by shroud’s move to Mixer
Even though Dr Disrespect seemed to think shroud’s deal with Mixer was a poor decision, fellow Mixer streamer Ninja had nothing but praise for the former CSGO pro.
“Shroud making the move to Mixer is seriously a massive move for the platform and the streaming industry. Excited to watch more of his streams!” Ninja exclaimed on Twitter.
So far, Ninja has been the largest streamer on Mixer. He has nearly 2.5 million followers on the platform, and an average of 14,927 concurrent viewers. Still, many in the streaming community had been weary of the move.
Not shroud, though. Soon after Ninja’s announcement, shroud posted his reaction to the Fortnite star’s move to Mixer.
“Ninja’s great, man. He’s literally made gaming and content creating fucking 15 times better, you know? And he just keeps making moves that only make it better. And that’s what he did,” shroud said.
It became apparent that shroud admired Ninja’s brave move to an entirely new platform despite his prior success on Twitch. So while the community was stunned by shroud’s sudden announcement, it really doesn’t seem so random.
“It was definitely the best move he’s ever made. It’s one of the best decisions he’s made in his whole career,” shroud said. “It’s obvious it was the best.”
Despite the praise, though, shroud told other streamers with popularity on Twitch to “tread carefully.”
“That’s a very, very difficult decision. If you commit to something like that, who knows what the fuck’s going to happen? Think for a second before you just jump the gun to another platform. Just think about how it was to start on Twitch. Now you gotta do it again. Is that something you want to do?” shroud questioned.