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Parents recover $20k after young son’s Twitch donations spree

Published: 9/Aug/2020 13:21 Updated: 9/Aug/2020 14:17

by Connor Bennett


A family who saw their young child donate almost $20,000 of their life savings to various Twitch streamers has been able to get most of it back after a bit of a wait.

As viewers can support Twitch streamers through subscriptions and donations, its not a shock to see some streamers receive huge amounts over one stream. 


However, one family got an almighty shock back in July when a mother claimed that her young son had spent $20,000 on streams from NBA and NFL players, as well as three “super popular” streamers.

While some onlookers were a bit suspicious of the mother’s claims, and thought it was someone trying to play a prank, she has since confirmed that she has been able to get “most of it back” thanks to a Twitch partner. 

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The mother’s story went viral back in July.

Speaking to DotEsports, the mother, who kept herself anonymous, confirmed that using Xsolla – a Twitch partner on payments – she was able to get most of the $19,870.94 that had been sent to these streamers.

“I am so relieved to have the money restored to my account and let the nightmare end,” she told DotEsports. “At this point, it’s within a few hundred dollars, and I am happy to have received what I did, and am not going to pursue the difference.”

The mother also revealed that the account that made the donations has been “permanently blocked,” and reportedly also showed Dot a number of screengrabs of her bank statement confirming the money had been returned. 

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She added that despite contacting Twitch, their CEO, and Amazon, she has not heard back from any of them over the payments. As for her son, he is headed to counseling over the matter. 

Wheter or not this will be a case that eventually prompts Twitch to adds additional measures to prevent similar happening in the future remains to be seen.


Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos


Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.


Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.


“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.


“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”


Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.


“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.