Twitch streamer Hyphonix has apparently been scammed on Old School Runescape by a friend while broadcasting, losing around $4000 worth of gold in the process.
Old School Runescape is one of the most popular games on Twitch, with streamers like Hyphonix grinding their way through the classic game, hoping to earn gold that they can use to purchase in-game items.
After using the account of a friend, who is also a moderator in his chat, Hyphonix lost out on five billion gold when he was logged out of the account and unable to get back in.
Hyphonix had been using the account of his moderator for staking, and according to regular viewers of the stream had been doing so for some time. Staking sees players go out and clash with others head-to-head, with the winner securing the grand prize, which is often gold.
The streamer had been on an incredible run, winning around 12 of his 15 attempts according to commenters who had been watching his stream, when he was suddenly logged out of the account. Many, including the streamer, believed that his friend had logged him out, changed the password and kept the billions of gold for himself.
“Don’t do this to me,” pleaded Hyphonix as he tried to get back into the game. “Come on, please. Is this real? Don’t do this to me. Please tell me you’re fucking with me. You’re fucking with me, right?”
The Twitch broadcaster had amassed around five billion gold on the account from staking, which is worth between $3,500 and $4,000 - a huge amount to lose. Hyphonix was clearly upset by the situation, ending his stream minutes later after continued attempts to log back into the account.
Old School Runescape Community Manager JagexAcorn confirmed that the account had been banned for real-world trading, which means the account was suspected to be selling the gold for money, which is against the game’s rules.
Many still believe that the account owner logged Hyphonix out, and attempted to sell the gold for money but got banned before they were able to do so, and the news that account was banned for real-world trading appears to back up the theory. The player claims that this is not the case, saying that he didn’t log into the account.
Hyphonix has refrained from commenting on the situation since the conclusion of his stream, but we’ll be sure to update this post as new information becomes available.