Mixer Doubles Down on Twitch Talent By Poaching Another Popular Streamer

Mixer Doubles Down on Twitch Talent By Poaching Another Popular Streamer

In the wake of recent departures in Mixer's leadership team, Shroud is following Ninja to Microsoft's streaming platform.

Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek is leaving Twitch for Mixer. Grzesiek's departure marks the second prominent defection from Amazon's streaming platform to Microsoft's this year, after Tyler "Ninja" Blevins moved to Mixer in August.

Grzesiek, a former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional player, rose to prominence on Twitch as one of the most popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds streamers at the height of the title's popularity. Grzesiek also frequently streams Apex Legends, World of Warcraft, and Rainbow Six Siege.

The move was announced with a video posted to Grzesiek's Twitter along with a banner takeover on Mixer's official account.

Grzesiek is the first prominent streamer Mixer has signed since Blevins, and the first since both of Mixer's co-founders and a third prominent executive left Microsoft. In the last month, James Boehm and Matt Salsamendi both left Mixer, which they founded under the name Beam in 2016. Former Xbox corporate vice president Mike Ybarra, who oversaw Mixer along with Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass, announced he is leaving Microsoft to join Blizzard Entertainment.

Blevins, formerly Twitch's most popular streamer, left the service for Mixer in August. As of early 2018, Blevins had 3.7 million followers on Twitch and was making $500,000 per month. Microsoft and Blevins have not disclosed how much Mixer paid for the exclusivity contract. Comparing the follower counts on Twitch for Blevins and Grzesiek would be somewhat moot this long after Ninja's departure, but on YouTube, Blevins currently has 22.4 million subscribers to Grzesiek's 5.48 million.

As Julia Alexander notes at The Verge, a recent report reveals that total monthly hours viewed on Mixer jumped by about 3 million hours to 40.2 million in the month that Ninja joined the service, while Twitch—by far the more popular service—saw monthly hours viewed rise to 932.1 million.

Grzesiek's first stream on Mixer is scheduled for 8pm ET later today. Since the announcement, thousands of fans have gathered on Mixer to celebrate the move in the chat.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

Read this next

You Can Dress Up Apex Legends' Robot as the Droid From Jedi: Fallen Order

Pathfinder looks good with BD-1's red racing stripes.

It's About to Get Easier to Get Cosmetic Items in Apex Legends

Along with a new level cap come several dozen loot packs.

A Devolver Co-Founder Makes A Plea For Publishers To Rethink Predatory Microtransactions

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson likens addictive titles to crystal meth.

Apex Legends' Dropship Has Become a Fight Club With the Lights Turned Off

Lifeline mains, you're needed now more than ever.

Thank God Apex Legends Finally Has a Proper Training Mode

Apex Legends introduces a new training mode where you can finally test out every character.

Apex Legends Adds Another Use for its Most Pointless Currency

The latest update finally gives players another way to spend those Legend Tokens.

More News

Pokemon is Getting a New Series of Animated Shorts Set in the Galar Region

The hopes and dreams of Galar region's trainers are coming soon to a small screen near you.

Exclusive: Check Out This Chill Track From the Composer of Ninja Gaiden and Tecmo Bowl

Keiji Yamagishi puts his spin on a track from Card of Darkness.

More on PC

What Was Your Favorite Reveal At The Game Awards 2019?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | It was another packed night for game announcements. What do you think was the best of them?

The 15 Best Games You Probably Missed in 2019

From flight sim to train sim, these are the best games that probably slipped past your radar this year.

Game Awards 2019 Recap: The Night’s Big Trailers and Reveals

Sizzle reels for everything from upcoming DLC to the next Xbox.

Borderlands 3 Shift Codes List and Golden Keys (December 2019)

All the info you need on getting and redeeming SHiFT Codes in Borderlands 3, plus how to get Golden Keys to earn loot.

GTA Online: What is the Payout of the Diamond Casino Heist?

We take a look at how much money you can make in the new Diamond Casino Heist.

More FPS Games

Xbox Series X Asks the Question, "What's in a Name?"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Microsoft not only unveiled its next console this week, but now Sony will start making games for other consoles too?

Half-Life: Alyx Won't Be at The Game Awards 2019 After All

The VR-exclusive Half-Life won't share more info as part of tonight's festivities after all.

The Game Awards is Launching a New Initiative Featuring Limited-Time Demos of Upcoming Games

Over a dozen games will have demos available for a limited time.