There’s been a lot of attention given to the recent announcement that Michael “shroud” Grzesiek had made the move to Mixer from his longtime home platform of Twitch.
While many fingers point toward money as the sole reason, the streamer provided some other ideas as to why he made the switch during his first official broadcast on the streaming platform.
“I just thought it was the best move for my career, straight up,” the popular streamer said. “I was nervous about being here for the first day, for some reason. After the first day, I’m chilling, but I just knew 100% this is it. This is my decision, this is the best decision, I am doing it, you know?” he added.
The best move for his career points towards perhaps more than just a lump sum of upfront money, however, that’s just speculation. Whether or not Mixer has some massive plans that helped to draw in the streamer is unknown, it does seem likely though.
While perhaps more of an advertising block than a true reason, shroud also discussed a couple of major selling points of Mixer as showcased here in a tweet from another Mixer partner, DJ MoonDawg.
The 10,000 bitrate certainly allows for crisper streaming although there will be drawbacks for those with lower quality or strength internet. The non-toxic chat is something odd to hear shroud saying as he never seemed to have a huge toxicity problem and even when he had trolls, he seldom paid them any mind.
Some fans were curious about what that meant for their Twitch subs and he once again pointed to it being a move he had to make for himself. “At the end of the day, it’s my move,” he explained. “I had to take that into account. You get a free sub on Mixer, so you get your Twitch sub back really.”
His community came out in force during his first broadcast as he hit over 70,000 viewers and kept a steady 60,000 throughout a majority of his stream which was certainly helped by the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Regardless of his reasoning, it’s a big move and competition can only help to bring the consumer (streamers/viewers) a better experience across the board as the titans look to bring in the crowd.