(Last Updated On: June 23, 2020)
Shroud Net Worth – $15 Million
Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek is a semi-retired Canadian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player from Toronto, Ontario but is of Polish descent. He is currently living in Orange County, California, United States. He has an estimated net worth of $15 million. He currently does Twitch streaming full time and uploads the various highlights on his YouTube channel. He is also a backup player for Cloud9. He has been playing for the team since its launch and rose to prominence through his immense talent and popularity of his Twitch stream. He has been able to amass over 5 million followers on the platform and streams on a daily basis.
How Much Money Does Shroud Earn On YouTube?
The channel has over 6.5 million subscribers as of 2020 and has accumulated over 700 million views so far. It is able to get an average of 460,000 views per day from different sources. This should generate an estimated revenue of around $2,300 per day ($840,000 a year) from the ads that appear on the videos.
YouTubers get paid between $2 – $7 per 1000 monetized views after YouTube takes its cut. Monetized views range from 40% – 60% of the total views. All these are influenced by several factors like device played on, the location of the viewer, ad inventory, how many ads there are on a video, how many people skip the ads, type of advertisement, ad engagement , type of content etc. The cost of an ad view is based on an auction between advertisers based on views. Advertisers have to bid a minimum of $0.01 per view.
There is also a program known as Google Preferred where deep-pocketed companies can target ads on the top 5% most popular content. The ad rates here are higher than normal. Apart from ads, YouTubers also generate extra from YouTube Red viewers who pay a monthly fee to view premium content on YouTube plus watch videos without ads. Here they get paid based on watch time on their videos. The longer the viewers watch their videos, the more money they earn.
Cloud 9 makes extra income from sponsors like HTC, Hyper X, Intel, Lootcrate, G2A, Logitech, Zowie etc. Shroud ‘s total career earnings as an e-sports player is $250,000 and makes a lot more through the Twitch channel. On the platform he gets income through ads and donations from the viewers.
Shroud’s Twitch channel has over 5 million followers as of 2018. It is able to get an average of 25,000 viewers per stream and has accumulated over 200 million views so far. It has over 45,000 paying subscribers and from these he gets an average of $2.50 per subscriber every month. This should lead to an estimated revenue of around $112,000 a month ($1.34 million a year).
Officially, Twitch Partners and Affiliates receive 50% of the total subscription fee, so for the $4.99 tier, the streamer would get around $2.50. Twitch has been known to increase this amount for popular streamers to encourage them to remain on the Twitch platform, with some being upgraded to anywhere from 60% to 100% of the monthly fee
Streamers make money through the Cheering feature when a fan cheers with bits in the chat. A Cheer is an animated chat emote that uses bits. Typing “Cheer1” will generate a grey bouncing triangle, and cost you 1.4 cents. “Cheer100” brings up a dancing purple diamond, and costs you $1.4. You can Cheer any amount you please (including irregular figures, and the corresponding emotes get larger and larger, up to a “Cheer10000,” a $140 tip represented by a fractured red star. streamers will get 1 cent for every Bit pledged while Twitch will keep the 0.4 cents.
Fans can also donate directly to their favorite streamers through Paypal and also cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, litecoin or ethereum. There are a variety of third-party services which Twitch streamers can connect to their account to activate additional features such as donations and alerts. Some of the more-popular services are Gaming For Good, StreamTip, Muxy, Stream Elements, and StreamLabs. All of these services create a unique donation page for your channel hosted on their own server which you can direct your viewers to make a donation.
Shroud got a $10 million deal to stream his content exclusively on Mixer before the platform shut down.