In mid-2016 Twitch introduced Cheering, a micro-payment system that serves to support your favorite streamers. The operation is very simple: through the platform we buy a series of Bits that we can then send in the way we want to a user in question.
A few hours ago Rubén Doblas Gundersen (better known as Rubius) was precisely in a live streaming, when suddenly user alexpk1414 started donating 10,000 in 10,000 bits, leaving the well-known YouTuber with his mouth open.
Rubén assures that it is one of the “most surreal things that has happened to him”, and in the video he comments that I’ve never seen such a gigantic bit donation during a streaming.
Being such a large quantity, Rubén added the user with the intention of playing a game of Fortnite, and it was at that moment that he discovered that behind alexpk1414 was (apparently) a 13-year-old boy hiding.
As they spoke he continued to donate to her, reaching 356,000 bits, amount equivalent to about $ 4,300. Rubius began to ask him where this money came from, trying to find out if it comes from a wealthy family and if his parents really know that he is spending so much money in this way.
“Please tell me that you have not stolen your mother’s or father’s credit card”
The boy answered the questions in an elusive way, without making it clear at any time where he got this money from. It is striking that Rubén tries on several occasions to talk to his parents, but the boy tries to prevent this from happening anyway.
Rubius has not been the only one to receive donations of thousands of dollars
Do not forget that Twitch makes it clear in the Terms of Service that minors (between 13 and 18 years old) “They may only use the Twitch Services under the supervision of their mother, father or legal guardian.”
Voy a intentar hablar con twitch para ver que se puede hacer. De lo mas surrealista que me ha pasado en la vida lol
— elrubius (@Rubiu5) 12 de marzo de 2019
That is why Rubén claims to be trying to get to the bottom of this situation and inform parents that your son has spent so much money on donations via Twitch. Rubius has published a tweet in which he claims to be talking to the platform to “see what can be done”, but at the moment we don’t know much more.
This is only the beginning of the story, as yesterday alexpk1414 has dedicated himself to sending donations of thousands of dollars to other well-known streamers (aLexBY, Ninja, Marki or Vicio) spending more than 15,000 dollars.
At the moment we don’t know what really happened, whether it’s some kind of epic trolling or a kid who has really put a hole in his parents’ credit card. We will have to wait for Twitch or one of these well-known streamers to clarify what has happened.