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Shroud returns to Twitch

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Michael "Shroud" Grzsesiek, one of the biggest streamers in the business, made the move from Twitch to Mixer (opens in new tab) in October 2019. The collapse of that platform (opens in new tab) earlier this year cast him (and everyone else who took the plunge) adrift, but now, as he said on Twitter today, he's "coming home."

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"I am so excited to be able to announce my return to Twitch and more importantly get back to streaming. Twitch is where I was able to first turn my passion for streaming into a successful career—and it is all due to my incredible and loyal fanbase," Shroud said in a statement.

"As I was exploring options, I realized that there was no better place than Twitch to engage with the best and most loyal gaming community worldwide. I am also excited to relaunch my channel with a new look and logo that I know my fans will love. I’m back, baby!"

Twitch confirmed the big comeback, saying that it's "thrilled to welcome Shroud and his incredible community back."

"Our mission is to bring people together every day, and we look forward to seeing the FPS legend back in action, exclusively on Twitch," Twitch's senior vice president of content Micahel Aragon said.

Shroud's return could make for an interesting bit of turnabout: His move to Mixer came a couples after Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, but while Ninja was streaming on Twitch last week (opens in new tab), he still hasn't committed to a return.

The terms of Shroud's new deal with Twitch aren't known, and a date for his return stream hasn't been announced. One thing is already back, though: His Twitch account (opens in new tab) once again bears the purple "verified" checkmark.

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.