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Who is Shroud? Net worth, earnings, streaming setup, and more

Find out everything you need to know about popular streamer and former pro CS:GO player Shroud

Shroud CS:GO ESL Pro League Dallas 2017

Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek is a popular streamer and former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional. The Canadian, who was born in Toronto but is actually of Polish descent, began streaming exclusively on Mixer in October 2019, despite being the second most followed active channel on Twitch at the time of the move.

Shroud plays a variety of games on his streams but leans more towards battle royale gamess and first-person shooters. His most played games are PUBG, CS:GO, Apex Legends, and Escape From Tarkov However, he has also put a lot of hours into GTA V, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and World of Warcraft.

He made a name for himself as part of Cloud9’s CS:GO team. He signed for them in 2014 and left both Cloud9 and competitive CS:GO entirely in April 2018. Shroud’s most notable achievement from his time at the organisation was helping his team win Season 4 of the ESL Pro League, beating SK Gaming in the finals to net him and his teammates $200,000 (£162,000).

Shroud is currently in a relationship with fellow streamer Hannah ‘Bnans’ Kennedy.

Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the former CS:GO pro and popular streamer.


What is Shroud’s net worth?

Shroud’s net worth is estimated to be between $8-12 million. The majority of his net worth comes from his streaming career on both Twitch and Mixer, with revenue sourced from subscribers, donations, ads, and sponsored streams. YouTube revenue and sponsorship deals also bring in extra cash.

How much does Shroud earn?

Shroud earns the majority of his income from streaming. A conservative estimate would suggest that during the peak of his popularity on Twitch he would earn roughly $80,000 (£65,000) a month from his subscriptions, although this could be much higher depending on the revenue split he had with the company.

This figure also excludes donations and money earned from ads and sponsored streams. If you add this money to the total his subscribers bring in then the figure goes beyond $100,000 (£81,000) a month.

Shroud has now moved to stream exclusively on rival platform Mixer. Although his following is smaller than the massive community he built on Twitch, he will still be making a decent amount of money from each stream. It is likely he was also offered a lucrative contract by Mixer, however the exact amount he would have been offered hasn’t been disclosed.

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Shroud also has a YouTube channel with over five and a half million subscribers and over half a billion total video views. His videos average around 500,000 views each, which would see him earn in the region of $400,000-$500,000 (£320,000-400,000) over the course of a year.

Additionally, there are a number of big name brands that sponsor Shroud, including HyperX and clothing brand J!nx, with which he has an exclusive collection of merch. These deals will also bring in extra income and add to his net worth.

Forbes estimates that in 2019 Shroud made around $12 million in total.

Shroud setup

What is Shroud’s streaming setup?

  • Monitor: BenQ ZOWIE XL2546
  • Keyboard: HyperX Alloy FPS RGB
  • Mouse: Logitech G Pro
  • Headset: HyperX Cloud Flight
  • Chair: Herman Miller Aeron
  • Webcam: Logitech HD Pro C920
  • Microphone: Shure SM7B

Shroud has a high spec streaming setup that, in total, would cost somewhere in the region of $6,000-7,000 (£4,800-5,700).

His gaming PC build uses an Intel I7-8700K processor. For his graphics card, he has an ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX GPU. His mainboard is also an ASUS ROG model, specifically the Maximus X Formula.

For his gaming gear, Shroud uses a BenQ ZOWIE XL2546 240Hz monitor and a wireless Logitech G Pro gaming mouse. One of his sponsors, HyperX, provides his keyboard (the Alloy FPS RGB model) and headset (the Cloud Flight model).

Shroud’s production equipment for his streams include a Shure SM7B microphone and a Logitech HD Pro C920 webcam.

Shroud doesn’t use the kind of chair we’re used to seeing on gamer’s streams. No noblechairs or DX Racers here; he uses a Herman Miller Aeron office chair.

What are Shroud’s settings?

Shroud is one of the best streamers out there to watch if you want to pick up some tips for FPS and battle royale games.

Along with natural skill and a lot of practise, knowing the inner workings of the game and how to tweak the settings to your playstyle is essential, so if you want to play like Shroud then you’ll need to know his settings too.

What are Shroud’s PUBG settings?

PUBG is one of Shroud’s most streamed games and many viewers want to emulate the way he plays.

For his display settings, Shroud turns the majority of graphics options – such as foliage, shadows and effects – to ‘very low’. The only exception to this is his textures, which he sets to ‘high’.

He plays with the view distance at ‘very low’ and sets his field of view to 102. His resolution is set to full (1920 x 1080) and his brightness is at 81.

Shroud’s mouse settings are as follows:

  • DPI: 450
  • Polling Rate: 500Hz
  • General Sensitivity: 55
  • Vehicle Sensitivity: 55
  • Targeting Sensitivity: 55
  • 2X, 3X, 4X and 6X Scope Sensitivity: 50
  • 8X and 15X Scope Sensitivity: 47

Shroud’s keybinds for movement are the usual WASD keys. But he uses LEFT ALT for walking, B for prone, clicking the scroll wheel in for auto run, and C and V to peek left and right respectively. He also uses one of the thumb buttons on his gaming mouse to enter freelook.

He uses Q to change fire modes, while SHIFT and the number keys 1, 2, 3, or 4 are used for healing items and consumables.

He also toggles his camera using M and uses E for his map.

What are Shroud’s Apex Legends settings?

Shroud is a regular Apex Legends player and fans of his streams have seen some incredible plays in King’s Canyon.

For his display settings, he keeps the model detail set to ‘high’ but turns all other graphics options like shadows and effect details to ‘low’ or disables them.

Shroud’s mouse settings are as follows:

  • DPI: 400
  • EDPI: 1200
  • Polling Rate: 1000Hz
  • Mouse Sensitivity: 2.9

For keybinds, he has the standard WASD keys bound to movement, uses LEFT SHIFT for sprinting, C for crouching, and SPACE for jumping.

Q is used for a hero’s tactical ability, while the key he uses for the ultimate ability varies between Y, X, or one of the thumb buttons on his gaming mouse.

In combat, he aims and fires with his mouse, toggles fire mode with B, reloads with R, melees with V, and cycles through his weapons using the mouse wheel.

Shroud CS:GO ESL Pro League Dallas 2017

What are Shroud’s CS:GO settings?

As a former pro player, everyone wants to know Shroud’s secrets to becoming one of the best at CS:GO.

There are a whole host of options, settings, and keybinds you can change in CS:GO, but here are the main ones you’ll need to know.

For display settings, Shroud plays on full 1920 x 1080 resolution, has his scaling set to “Stretched” and turns off Vsync. His field of view is set to 68.

He uses crosshair style 4 and sets the size to 3.5, the thickness to 1.5, and the gap to -2.

Shroud’s mouse settings are as follows:

  • DPI: 400
  • EDPI: 1000
  • Polling Rate: 1000Hz
  • Game Sensitivity: 2.5
  • Windows Sensitivity: 6
  • Zoom/Scope Sensitivity: 1

Basic movement keybinds are WASD for moving, scrolling down on the mouse wheel to jump, and CTRL to crouch.

In combat, Shroud uses R to reload, E to use items, and G to drop items. His ten equipment slots are allocated to the following keys:

Slot 1: 1
Slot 2: 2
Slot 3: 3
Slot 4: 4
Slot 5: 5
Slot 6: C
Slot 7: X
Slot 8: Z
Slot 9: 9
Slot 10: SPACE

He uses B to bring up the buy menu and has dozens of keybind shortcuts to buy specific weapons and grenades.

Shroud ECS 2017


Escape From Tarkov is quickly becoming one of Shroud’s favourite games. His skill in game has led to many players wanting to replicate his settings. We don’t have a full settings guide just yet, but this is what we know so far.

Shroud plays with custom graphics settings – his textures are on high, shadows on low, and object LOD is set at two. His V-sync is off, overall visibility is set at 400, shadow visibility at 40, sharpness at 0, and anti-aliasing on TAA.

Shroud’s custom binds are as follows:

  • Toggle tactical device: Press mouse 4
  • Switch tactical device: Double click mouse 4
  • Throw grenade: Double click G
  • Check ammo: Press T
  • Fire mode: Double click B
  • Check fire mode: Press B
  • Change aim scope: Press mouse 3
  • Change aim magnification: Double click mouse 3

Is Shroud on Twitch?

No, Shroud no longer streams on Twitch. Despite his channel currently being the third most followed on the site with over seven million followers, he decided in October 2019 to follow in the footsteps of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and switch to Mixer.

For a brief period just before his move to Mixer, Shroud was in fact the most followed active channel on Twitch before he was overtaken by Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney.

His most watched broadcast on Twitch came in February 2019 when he managed to draw in 202,000 viewers to a nine-hour stream of him playing Apex Legends and Rainbow Six Siege.

Is shroud on Mixer?

Yes, Shroud now streams exclusively on Mixer.

He announced on October 24, 2019 that he would leaving Twitch to join the rival streaming site.

He will be hoping that he will be able to attract as much of his massive Twitch following over to his new home as possible. Shroud leaves behind over seven million followers but has gained over 1,000,000 followers on Mixer since the move in October.

Is Shroud with Cloud9?

No, Shroud is no longer a part of Cloud9.

He joined Cloud9’s CS:GO roster in 2014 but hung up his boots in April 2018, leaving both the organisation and CS:GO esports behind him to focus on streaming.

That turned out to be a pretty good decision, with Shroud becoming one of the gaming world’s favourite and most diverse streamers.

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