Michael “shroud” Grzesiek’s grand return to Twitch yesterday after a short hiatus following Mixer’s closure last month was a momentous occasion not just for fans but also for the streamer.
Shortly after the stream, shroud took to Twitter to express surprise at what the former CS: GO pro describes as an ‘epic return ‘ accompanied by statistics from the stream that would spark pangs of envy in even the platform’s highest-profile streamers.
For the roughly seven and half hour stream, Grzesiek managed an average viewership of nearly 230,000, reaching a peak of over half a million concurrent viewers. Overall, just shy of three million unique viewers tuned in at some point during the stream where shroud showcased his FPS prowess in Riot Games’ Valorant.
The popular streamer noted his surprise at the almost record-breaking number of viewers:
“I don’t know why there are so many of you here, but I appreciate it. I’m just a normal dude who likes to play games a lot. It’s crazy, man. Crazy.”
During the stream, shroud padded out his follower count with 254,000 new followers, bringing the total to 7.5 million. The streamer landed an equally impressive haul of new subscribers, with 16,524 viewers subscribing to the channel.
If we consider that each $5.00 subscription nets shroud roughly $3.50, the streamer earned nearly $60,000 from subscriptions alone. This figure doesn’t factor in donations and Twitch’s tip-style bits, and, of course, what is presumably a lucrative new deal with Twitch, that it isn’t unreasonable to believe is numbered in the millions of dollars. The streamer likely banked much more.
While the numbers will naturally fall as Grzesiek picks up the frequency of streams, there’s no doubt shroud’s unexpectedly short stint on Mixer has in no way affected his popularity on Twitch.