Michael ‘shroud‘ Grzesiek is widely regarded as one of the most talented gamers out there. The former CS:GO pro seems to be able to master pretty much any game he tries, and even though he’s joked about it, he says he won’t ever go pro again.
After being asked about his competitive prospects during one of his Mixer streams a few days ago, shroud finally explained why he’ll never set foot in the esports world again and it has a lot to do with streaming.
“You’re not going to see me go pro ever again. We’re past that,” Shroud says in the video, which you can watch below. “Here’s what you guys don’t understand about going professional and playing a game at the top level. If you truly want to play at the top, you can not stream your practice, that’s just an easy way for people to creep on your strategy.
“So granted as much fun as playing a game professionally is, I can’t stream it at the same time, so basically it turns into this thing where you have to choose one or the other or juggle both – and juggling both is pretty challenging.”
Plus, in order to stay on top of your game as a pro, you need to be consistent. Staying on top of a game’s meta all the time, learning different strats and anti-strats is time consuming, and that doesn’t even take into account the gruelling travelling schedule most pros face.
Of course, there are a few professionals out there who do both, but they’re very much in the minority. For now, shroud is living his best life as a streamer and that’s not going to change any time soon.