Shroud (real name – Mike Grzesiek) is a retired Canadian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player of Polish descent. Mike is mostly known for his weapon accuracy as well as for his lurking and clutching ability.
He was born on June 2, 1994, in Ontario, Canada. Currently, Shroud lives in Orange County, California.
Mike had been playing CS: GO for several years before beginning his professional career.
Grzesiek was initially an independent player. Mike competed in ”ESEA-I” with ”Manajuma” and ”Exertus” and ”ESEA-M” with ”Slow Motion.”
In August 2014, he became the official member of Cloud 9, an American esports organization that formed when Jack Etienne bought the former Quantic Gaming League of Legends roster.
Currently, Cloud9 sits at #7 on the biggest esports organizations’ list by social media following.
Mike earned more than $200,000 during the years he played Counter-Strike and Battlegrounds for Cloud9.
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On August 16, 2017, Grzesiek announced that he would be stepping down from the Cloud9 team — consisting of Skadoodle, n0thing, Stewie2k, Autimatic, and himself at that time. However, he would remain a substitute on the bench.
On April 18, 2018, Grzesiek retired from playing CS: GO entirely to explore new opportunities. He said:
”I wanted to be my own boss. I didn’t want to travel anymore. I was traveling for five years, and I just don’t like it.”
He wrote on his Twitter account:
“Moving forward, I’m going to be focusing my energy on a new challenge, streaming and pushing myself to create awesome content for my fans around the world.”
During an interview, Grzesiek clarified that he knows he’s still really, really good at playing CS: GO. He said:
”It might take a little bit more work there, I haven’t played Counter-Strike in a long time.”
“But I don’t think it’d take me long to be back on top.”
In October 2019, Mike officially announced his move from Twitch to Mixer.
In August 2020, Shroud announced that he signed an exclusive streaming deal with Amazon’s Twitch.
As of April 2021, Mike has over 9.2 million followers on the platform.
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His YouTube channel has more than 6.76 million subscribers.
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Shroud is 1.67 m (5′ 6″) tall.
Shroud dated a girl named Jessica Rago. Jessica and her sister, Janice, are one-quarter Irish, half-Korean, and one-quarter Italian. Rago and her family have lived all over the world for many years, including 6 years in Germany.
Jessica currently works at Loaded.gg, a content creation and gamer management agency, as a talent manager. In addition, Rago is a Twitch streamer and is active by the name of ”Dacchei.”
In January 2019, the couple separated. It was first announced on Twitter.
Since the middle of 2019, Shroud is dating fellow Twitch streamer Bnans (real name – Hannah Kennedy).
She became a content creator for the esports organization CLG in 2018. Hannah also has over 522k followers on her Twitch account.
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Some of his tournaments results are:
- ESL One Cologne 2014 – 5th-8th;
- ESL ESEA Pro League S1 — 2nd;
- iBUYPOWER Invitational 2016 Spring — 1st;
- ESL ESEA NA Pro League S1 —1st;
- Northern Arena 2016: Toronto — 2nd;
- iBUYPOWER Cup 2015 — 1st;
- PGL Regional Minor Championship Americas / PGL Major Krakow 2017 — 1st;
- ESL Pro League Season 4 — 1st.
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Shroud uses the Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse, which has HERO 16k sensor technology.
He uses the BenQ ZOWIE 24.5 inch 240Hz eSports Gaming Monitor.
Mike uses the Herman Miller Aeron Chair.
Shroud lives in Orange County, California.
He has worked in a furniture store before turned pro in CS: GO.
Ninja, an American Twitch streamer, spent one of his streams watching Grzesiek play PUBG. At one point, Ninja said:
“I’d arguably say that he’s one of the best players in this game, shot-wise.”
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He has admitted to using Adderall (a medication used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) in the past. Still, he claims he never used the drug while competing.
Note – if you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Adderall aims to help calm you down and focus on the world in front of you. So, it is easy to understand why Adderall would appeal to CS: GO competitors: it’s a fast-paced first-person shooter that needs lightning-fast reflexes and strict teamwork to win. According to experts, Adderall is ”basically speed.”
Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen said in an interview:
“We were all on Adderall.”
Kory referred to a $250,000 prize tournament in Poland, which took place in March 2015, where he competed with Cloud9.
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Shroud – Net Worth
Many people are wondering how much money does Shroud make? Here are the details:
Grzesiek earned most of his wealth from playing CS: GO in tournaments as part of the Cloud9 roster, sponsors, streaming on Twitch, and ads on YouTube.
Some of his tournaments wins are:
- Esports Championship Series Season 3 – Finals;
- ESL Pro League Season 4 – Finals (October 30, 2016) – 1st place;
- ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 – North America (June 22, 2015) – 1st place.
In all his tournaments, Mike has earned over $273k in prize money.
Out of the tournaments awarding cash prizes that Grzesiek had from winning ESL Pro League Season 4: Finals on October 30, 2016 – $40,000.
On Twitch, Grzesiek makes money from donations, subs, and ads. In May 2019, his Twitch subscriber base sat at around 38,688. In October 2020, Grzesiek had over 14k subs on the platform. In April 2021, his Twitch subs base dropped to 10k.
Mike has several sponsors, including J!nx, HyperX, MSI, Logitech, Adidas, Nvidia, and Crunchyroll.
Also, Mike has a YouTube channel that has more than 851 million views, meaning around $2.5 million in revenue, before taxes.
Shroud makes a total of $2 million per year from streaming, YouTube, and sponsors.
According to reports, Mike received $10 million to switch to Mixer. Due to the Mixer deal, Grzesiek made about $12 million in 2019. Therefore, Twitch streamer Shroud has an estimated net worth of $17 million.
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