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Minecraft YouTuber LionMaker who groomed underage fans resurfaces as streamer

Published: 10/Jan/2019 17:20 Updated: 10/Jan/2019 18:52

by Calum Patterson

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Disgraced Minecraft YouTuber Marcus ‘LionMaker’ Wilton, who in 2015 confessed to having a sexual relationship with a 15 year old, has made a quiet comeback online, streaming on Mixer.

In late 2015, Wilton, who was 27 at the time, admitted to a sexual relationship with a 15 year old YouTuber, and later posted explicit images of minors on Twitter – which he later blamed on a hack.

He was later accused by two other minors of attempting to groom them, and he was investigated by both Belgian and UK police, for distributing child pornography and statutory rape.

The controversy around LionMaker received widespread attention online after it was covered by Drama Alert host Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem, who flat out accused LionMaker of pedophilia.

YouTube / KEEMSTARKEEMSTAR’s 2015 video brought widespread attention to accusations against LionMaker.

He was held in Belgian jail for 10 months, under arrest huis, a process allowing police to detain individuals who they deem a danger to society or would have the ability to tamper with evidence.

In mid-2016, LionMaker disappeared entirely from the internet, going silent on, or deleting, all his online platforms. He made a brief comeback in November 2017, where his channel began uploading videos again, but the channel has since been deleted/removed by YouTube.

On January 9, 2019, KEEMSTAR, who initially broke the story online, posted a video showing LionMaker streaming Minecraft on Mixer.

LionMaker was accused in 2015 and 2016 of asking multiple different children for nude images, with one, Stephen Cheenks, 16 at the time, claiming he was offered up to $500 in exchange for the photos.

However, Wilton denied this and said that the $500 was for graphic design work which he had already received from Cheenks. 

Wilton was also accused of asking a 12 year old girl for nude images. He similarly denied this accusation, and claimed that the screenshots of the conversation, showing him asking for explicit photos, were faked.

In late 2016 he was arrested by Belgian police, accused of statutory rape, distribution of child pornography, and being in possession of child pornography. He was released from prison on September 18, 2017, according to a release document acquired by BuzzFeed news.

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HAchubby reveals HAchuMart convenience store struggles after Twitch success

Published: 25/Feb/2021 6:22

by Andrew Amos

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Korean Twitch star HAchubby won people’s hearts over with her shifts at a convenience store. Now, she owns her very own HAchuMart. However, it didn’t come without its fair share of challenges, which she opened up about on February 24.

From an Emart to HAchuMart, popular Korean Twitch streamer HAchubby has carved out a niche with her content following her mundane life working at a convenience store.

After quitting her old job due to concerns about privacy, she decided to become her own boss by opening up her own convenience store in Busan, South Korea. It was a spur of the moment decision, but once her mind was made, she was resolved to do it for her viewers.

HAchubby opening HAchuMart store
Twitch: HAchubby
HAchubby opened her own convenience store in January 2021.

I lost a big part of my stream and my life. And my viewers lost something they enjoyed to watch every weekend. I didn’t really want to quit this job because it kept me connected to the real world,” she said in a February 24 video, talking about leaving her previous job.

“So I promised the viewers, don’t worry, we will have our own convenience store next year. I was crazy. I promised that I didn’t think well enough. I didn’t think about costs, staff, or location. I just said I was going to do it.”

Now, HAchuMart is open and free for anyone to visit ⁠— well, if you can make it to South Korea. The cute little market features a bunch of HAchubby’s favorite items. However, it was truly a community endeavor, with her stream helping her out along the way.

“Since then everyone was looking forward to it, a lot of people sent me cheering messages. Some viewers even supported me with donations,” she said.

“I asked my viewers to help me [design the store]. A lot of them shared their ideas, gave feedback, and worked on creative new designs. I made a lot of designs with my viewers, including the logo, uniform, and even the ice cream box. I’m thankful to everyone who helped me make it. I don’t think I’d be able to make it on my own.”

Between trying to stick to a 2020 deadline, dealing with lockdowns, and not even having an ounce of business experience, it was a tough time for HAchubby. But now, her dreams have been realized, and she’s so happy for all the support from friends and family along the way.

“This was my first business ever, and I thought it would be hard for me to do it. I still can’t believe how many people decided to help. It was a miracle. It was very busy, but I was lucky enough to have family and friends to help me.

“I really achieved what I had dreamed of. This is not just another convenience store. HAchuMart is the result of many people working together to make a dream come true.

“It all started with a girl streaming her part-time job, and with the support of the viewers, family, and friends, this girl now has her own convenience store.”