Shroud Becomes the First Gaming Celebrity to Reach This Massive Milestone

Published 01/25/2021, 10:19 AM EST
SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 27: Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek stands onstage prior to the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 in the San Jose Convention Center on October 27, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)


Back in 2014, when Cloud9 had recruited Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek to their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster, no one knew how bright his future was going to be. However, almost 7 years down the line, he is a household name in the world of gaming. From leading his team to victory in CS: GO events to becoming one of the top streamers in the world, the man has seen it all, and more.

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SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 27: Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek plays Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 in the San Jose Convention Center on October 27, 2018, in San Jose, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

Shroud quit professional gaming in 2017 and moved to the world of streaming. Even with the change of profession, his success train did not stop. At a point in time, Mike was also the most subscribed streamer on Twitch and still remains one of the top ones.

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Mike is an avid participant in OfflineTV’s Rust reboot. He is one of the primary active streamers who has contributed significantly to Rust’s rise in popularity on Twitch.

To thank him for his contribution, Mike recently got a personal custom in-game item. Inspired by the streamer, Rust has added a Shroud themed jacket to the game.

With the addition of this jacket, Shroud becomes the first gamer in the world to achieve a massive milestone. He is the only gamer/streamer with personal cosmetic items in five games.

Custom Shroud custom cosmetics in other games

The first game to commemorate Shroud’s contributions to the community can be traced back to his origins. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had gifted Mike a weapon sticker while he was in his prime.

Following Valve’s FPS game, for a significant amount of time, Mike streamed the once-popular Battle Royale game PUBG. He was one of the biggest PUBG streamers when the game was at its peak. Therefore, they rewarded his influence and efforts with custom skins, cosmetics, and weapon crates.

After the decline of PUBG, Shroud switched to the popular survival game Escape from Trarkov. It remains one of his favorite games to this day. When the popular streamer is bored of Rust, he often switches to EFT. His loyalty inspired the developers to add a custom mask to the game.

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Another game that Shroud has put a lot of hours into is Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege. The game became the fourth in line to gift Mike another one of his personal in-game cosmetics. He got a weapon charm to match his old logo that players can attach to their guns.

Celebrities like Ninja, Myth, GrefG, Lachlan, and many more have received personal items in games such as Fortnite, Fall Guys, Rust. However, no one has reached the heights Shroud has managed to get to.

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These cosmetic items only point towards the versatile career of the popular streamer. Moreover, they also highlight his contributions to making multiple games popular. And from the looks of it, he is not going to stop anytime soon.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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