Proving that your mom was totally wrong about this “stupid streaming thing that isn’t going to pay for rent and food, and that’s why you’re going to finish your business science degree and this discussion is over, now shut up and go clean your room”, one guy on Twitch has banked a one-time $75,000 donation – and if he can do it, so can you (… maybe).
Fortnite streamer and recipient of the unprecedented donation ExoticChaotic assumed it was some kind of joke when the notification popped up on the screen – a not exactly unreasonable assumption, with the amount exceeding the average annual US household income by almost $15,000.
“At first I thought my moderator ‘IEsh’ was messing with me,” he tells Kotaku. “He sometimes would test $100 donations through Streamlabs just to set the alert off and startle me, so at first it was [like] ‘Oh, this must be a joke.’ Then I checked my PayPal and saw $72,000 on hold and then kind of just examined everything about it for a bit—trying to make sure it was real money. It cleared 24 hours after he donated.”
The cash was a present from Twitch streamer Xander “KingMascot” Harris, who apparently made a lot of money through early investment in bitcoin and wanted to help out his not so prosperous Fortnite bro.
“I do not have a very high income,” ExoticChaotic explains. “My girlfriend has worked full-time to support my career as a Fortnite streamer, so I owe it to her and my four-year-old son to protect and grow this money for their futures.”
In the meantime, I’m also accepting $75,000 donations if anybody wants to know. My cat food is expensive.