- During a livestream of “Fortnite” on Twitch, one player received a massive gift: $75,000.
- It’s common for video game streamers to use donation systems for viewers to give money, but it’s usually in much smaller denominations — $1, $5, or maybe a bit more.
- Because of the absurdly high amount of the donation, the streamer initially didn’t believe it was real.
“Wait a minute, that can’t be real!” a stunned “Fortnite” streamer exclaimed during a stream early last week.
He was stunned for a good reason: He had just received a massive donation of $75,000 from a fellow streamer. And he didn’t believe it was real.
The next few moments were tense, as the streamer known as “ExoticChaotic” frantically logged into his PayPal account to confirm the legitimacy of what he was seeing.
He leaped from his chair, yelling. “Dude!” he exclaimed. “What is that s—?!”
It turns out that a fellow streamer known as “KingMascot” had donated the money.
The streamers are friends, and KingMascot knew his friend was not in a good place financially.
“I do not have a very high income,” ExoticChaotic told Kotaku. “My girlfriend has worked full time to support my career as a ‘Fortnite’ streamer, so I owe it to her and my 4-year-old son to protect and grow this money for their futures.”
As for KingMascot, he’s apparently got money to spare as “an early investor in bitcoin” who “now trades stocks,” Kotaku said.
Though massive donations are rare, this is far from the first time such a large sum was donated to a streamer. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, for instance, once received a donation of $40,000 from one person. And in 2014, an anonymous benefactor was known to gift large sums, seemingly at random, to a variety of streamers.
That said, the video of ExoticChaotic’s reaction to this donation stands out as especially delightful — you can see it in full here: