Popular Twitch streamer Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake mid-way through his Apex Legends stream, yet ultimately decided to continue playing. The streamer and his friends were urged to “get under the tables, bios”, as his entire setup shook.
The clip aired as California experienced two earthquakes over two days, with peaks of 7.1 on the Richter scale. This particular incident occurred on July 5, with the epicenter 240km east of Los Angeles, in Ridgecrest. Shroud’s last known residence was located in Orange County, over 100 miles away, though he’s since moved.
“Oh my god did we just get another earthquake? Yup, we’re getting the earthquake, holy fuck,” the streamer exclaimed. “What do we do? This is insane.”
Shroud’s teammates noted that they could also feel the earthquake, with one feeling tremors as far as Las Vegas. Despite the disruption, they continued their ranked game, ultimately going on to become Apex Champions.
Clearly, the gods aren’t entirely happy with his return to Respawn’s battle royale. Thankfully, there appeared to be no major damage to the streamer’s house or possessions, some significant desk holding saving his monitors.
Meanwhile, emergency officials say damage from the earthquake isn’t as bad as initially thought, with power restored to most of the estimated 3,000 without power.
According to the BBC, scientists believe there’s a 10% another earthquake could hit, so this may not be the last time Shroud has to play through disruption.