Shroud, the “King of Reddit” | Streamer profile

Shroud is a household name in the world of Esports and Streaming.  The “King of Reddit” is dominating the twitch.tv charts and follower counts, and is one of the most prolific streamers on the platform.

Let’s take a look at the man behind the curtain.

The making of Shroud

Michael Grzesiek was born June 2, 1994 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. His earliest encounter with PC gaming was enabled by his father Thomas, a prolific gamer in his own right. On several occasions Shroud recalled a youth filled with LANparties and a stacked house of Gaming Rigs set up with the coolest equipment. Growing up in this gamer supportive environment did wonders for Michael and his later career in esports.

By 2011, Michael was playing World of Warcraft and various titles, and was far from the “quickflick” god of FPS we know today. Under peer pressure he was “forced” to try out CS:GO during the beta period in early 2012 . The classic Counter-Strike 1.6 helped established esports as a competitive discipline, and its remake quickly became Mike’s favorite pastime. By 2013 he was already playing competitively and streaming the game on a regular basis.

Around this time his CS:GO team and his “gamer name” aligned. His handle thus far has been Eclipse and the team he played with was oddly named Eclipse as well. To evade confusion and establish his unique brand he came up with Shroud, a synonym for Eclipse. Thus the legendary name was born.

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“King of Reddit” and Cloud9 Shroud

Playing CS:GO brought in the viewers and his skill promptly earned him the title “King of Reddit”. Almost every time Shroud streamed, Reddit’s /r/GlobalOffensive subreddit had a clip up with teammates yelling “Hi, Reddit” and “King of Reddit”, creating the meme and a legendary status with the community.

Shroud’s talents didn’t go unnoticed by the big boys in esports either. After some time streaming and playing with semi-professional teams he was offered a spot with Complexity Gaming, one of the most established Counter Strike teams in North America. The roster was then picked up by Cloud9 and in the years that followed reestablished the North American Counter Strike scene.

Together with teammates Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham and Jordan “N0thing” Gilbert the Cloud9 squad went on to compete at the highest level of competitive CS:GO all the way to Summer 2017.

On August 15, 2017 it was announced that Shroud and N0thing would step down from the active roster to give way for new talent. Several months later (April 18th, 2018) Shroud left the Cloud9 organization to pursue his passion as an independent full time streamer.

The Battle Royale era and beyond

Close to his retirement from professional CS:GO, Shroud started investing more and more time into the up and coming title PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). Coincidentally or not the rise of the Battle Royale genre and Shroud’s FPS prowess aligned at just the right time in his career. This in turn skyrocketed him to the top of the Twitch charts. The importance of Shroud’s persona and influence can be seen in game titles such as Fortnite, Apex Legends or Escape from Tarkov who have either directly partnered or benefited from the presence of Shroud on their servers.

Meanwhile, unburdened by the pressures of competitive play and practice, Mike can allow himself to play titles he is passionate about like World of Warcraft or the Assasin’s Creed series and still attract his now loyal audience to his stream.

His peak viewership count hit 212,955 on February 12th, 2019. It is further estimated that 2019 would net him something in the ballpark of 5.2 million USD from Streaming, Partnerships and Merchandise.