Professional CS:GO player turned full-time streamer Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek is near the top of every Twitch analytic and statistic imaginable. With the second-most followed channel on the platform, Shroud routinely ends each week in the top rankings for highest-viewed streams. Viewers tune in nearly every day to watch Shroud collect win after win in a variety of games, including Fortnite, Rainbow Six: Seige, PUBG, and most recently, Apex Legends.
A former pro
The 24-year-old Toronto, Ontario, native competed with a handful of teams until settling down with Cloud9 from 2014 to 2017. In August 2017, Shroud stepped down from the lineup and became a full-time streamer for Cloud9 until April 2018, when he announced he was leaving the organization and retiring from pro CS:GO. During his career in the competitive scene, Shroud’s teams won an estimated $218,000.
The switch to streaming
Now residing in California, Shroud has established himself as one of the most dominant forces on Twitch. Beyond his roughly 5.5 million followers and 54,000 subscribers on the platform, Shroud boasts almost 950,000 followers on both Twitter and Instagram, and a staggering 3.9 million Youtube subscribers.
Shroud is sponsored by popular endemic sponsors (brands based in the gaming industry) like HyperX and J!nx, but his massive fanbase has helped him close deals with non-endemics like Postmates, Madrinas Coffee, and OnePlus. Game developers like Ubisoft, Treyarch, and PUBG Corporation have also sponsored past streams in exchange for Shroud playing their games.
Shroud sometimes plays games with other Twitch streamers like Just9n, Timthetatman, HighDistortion, and Skadoodle. He even jokingly teams up with the “Shroud Army,” from time to time, commanding a battalion of stream snipers to do his bidding in games like PUBG. (Warning: explicit language):
In terms of Twitch revenue, Shroud likely has one of the best subscription-split contracts on the platform. When a viewer makes the $4.99 payment to subscribe to a channel, that money is split between the streamer and Twitch. Those with smaller followings get a 50/50 split, but as the audience grows, so does their cut. Big streamers typically get $3 per subscription, but with Shroud being such a giant force, his cut is likely bigger.
Using conservative estimates based on figures from February 2019, Shroud is making at least $150,000 monthly solely off of subscription revenue. That figure doesn’t include personal donations and Twitch bit contributions from viewers, YouTube revenue, sponsorship contracts, or income from his merchandise.
From taking home trophies in major CS:GO events to entertaining tens of thousands of people every single stream, Shroud has established himself as a true behemoth in the gaming entertainment industry. If you’d like to follow Shroud on any of his platforms, he can be found on Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram.