Shroud slams Battle Royale format

shroud slams battle royale games for being boring and dated

By Fariha Bhatti


Feb 23, 2022

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Michael “shroud” Grzesiek is no longer a fan of the coveted battle royale genre. The popular streamer says he prefers the five versus five format of Valorant, and here’s why.

When games like PUBG and Fortnite shone a light on the criminally underrated genre of battle royale, publishers jumped on the bandwagon with dozens of new titles. shroud was one of the household names in the BR community around that time, picking up PUBG and then Apex Legends. But he seems to have moved on from the game mode. 

In his recent stream, shroud slammed battle royale games for being “boring” and dated. The streamer said that he’d rather play Valorant because running around large maps isn’t fun anymore. 

“I really want to play Valorant right now. Nothing’s wrong with Apex, but I’m going to be honest, I just don’t give a f–k about battle royale anymore,” shroud said.

While shroud may have been a star player in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, it was PUBG and other battle royale games that brought him to his pinnacle on Twitch.

However, he thinks that the game mode is boring now. While playing a game of Apex Legends, he said that he wants to play Valorant because battle royale gameplay is “shit.” The streamer clarified that he has nothing against Apex Legends, but he doesn’t enjoy the current format. It’s worth noting that he ranked Apex Legends as one of the best BR games ever, just recently.

Shroud gives tips on improving battle royale format

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Popular Twitch streamer shroud is no longer a battle royale fan, but an in-game tweak to weapon loadout in Apex LEgends may interest him. The former CSGO pro said that the current inventory system is unfair and “boring.” 

According to shroud, the problem lies in repetitive gameplay on large locations. Players are just running around till one squad is left alive. A change in the format could revitalize the dry game format. While he doesn’t necessarily mind the tedious survival process, he thinks that inventory updates could be the answer to this repetitiveness. 

shroud said that the current format isn’t fair as game loadout depends on player luck. Whoever picks the better weapons instantly gains an edge. He thinks that the competition would be more enjoyable if all participants had similar weapons upon dropping. The loot system should be designed so that random weapon disparity ceases to impact the gameplay. 

It’s unlikely this change would be implemented anytime soon. A similar change was made in Call of Duty: Warzone, leading to fan uproar and the eventual removal of the update. But this change could work if implemented correctly in other battle royale titles.