Former 100 Thieves Twitch star Froste had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Gamers Outreach, blowing his $50,000 goal out of the water. However, PayPal has shut it all down, blocking the streamer’s account — and he’s taking them to court to contest it.
Update: 18:10 – 08/02/21
Just two weeks after his account got locked, Froste has now regained access to his PayPal. There are no updates on whether or not the streamer will still take legal action against PayPal.
The streamer made the announcement of his account getting unlocked by celebrating in a tweet posted on August 2.
MY PAYPAL GOT UNBANNED LETS GOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/dNFTz7hvId
— Froste 💯 (@Froste) August 2, 2021
Original story is as follows:
Charity streams and big donations go hand in hand on Twitch. Every decently-sized creator who does one usually has a member in their community chip in with thousands of dollars — most are legit, but a select minority are faked.
This builds up to donations worth hundreds of thousands, or even millions, going to organizations who desperately need the support.
$50,000 raised only 3 days into the @GamersOutreach charity subathon. 383 hours, 16 days, left on the subathon. This is the craziest, most humbling thing i've ever experienced in my 3 years of streaming. Enjoy this $50,000 Nae Nae! pic.twitter.com/RxxZItuYwq
— Froste 💯 (@Froste) July 20, 2021
Froste was devastated, and threatened legal action.
“Last night I received a massive $95,000 donation from a generous philanthropist. Why is my PayPal account banned now with $64,000 still in it,” the streamer tweeted.
“Please message me privately in my direct messages before the end of the weekend, or my lawyer will.”
Hey @PayPal @AskPayPal! I am a Twitch streamer who is currently doing a charity livestream for @GamersOutreach, and last night I received a massive $95,000 donation from a generous philanthropist. Why is my Paypal account banned now with $64,000 still in it? pic.twitter.com/Yau2Nc5Cb6
— Froste 💯 (@Froste) July 21, 2021
After receiving a response from PayPal, which didn’t reverse the ban, he told the company to “go f**k yourselves” and said he was taking it to court.
Froste’s account is now frozen for 180 days, with the current balance being held to “minimize any potential risk of loss due to disputes or chargebacks that may be filed during that period”.
After 180 days, he will be able to withdraw it, but he will no longer be able to use Paypal, which is key for streamers running these big charity drives.
Court it is I guess. pic.twitter.com/AhPqJjpFYk
— Froste 💯 (@Froste) July 25, 2021
Whether Froste actually follows through with the court action remains to be seen.
For now, his subathon is kicking along nicely, with over $100,000 — excluding the $95,000 donation — raised for Gamers Outreach with two weeks to go.