The popular streamers xQc and Ludwig have partnered up to repay the many fans taken in over the course of the last two years by the content creator and former Team Liquid member Slicker. The streamer apparently managed to convince followers and a few fellow content creators to lend him well over $200,000 by claiming financial hardship. Slicker later admitted that most of the money went towards fueling his gambling addiction.
The news about Slicker broke when a user on Twitch known as Mikelpee shared a video featuring the streamer asking for money. The content creator claims to have been denied access to his bank account before asking followers for help and promising to repay them in a couple of months. Slicker has now admitted to lying about his bank account being locked, noting that most of the borrowed money was used for gambling.
“I used to gamble a lot of my money. Basically, all my Twitch money,” Sliker apologized. “I would come across streamers and ask them if I could borrow money. I wouldn’t give them the reason, obviously. Because it was gambling, I would lie to them.” The streamer went on to describe how “that shit is dangerous. This is the epitome of a fucking gambling addict. I used to lie to my viewers and say to my viewers ‘I used to gamble a long time ago.’ It was a lie. I used to continuously gamble.”
The content creators xQc and Ludwig were among those taken in by Slicker, but instead of going after the streamer, the pair have promised to repay his debts. “I’m working with xQc to pay everyone back who got scammed by Sliker,” Ludwig pointed out. The streamer added that “it’s time Twitch does something about gambling streams,” picking up on similar remarks by xQc.
The help from xQc and Ludwig however comes with a few conditions. The pair of course want proof that a payment was actually made to Slicker, but xQc in particular has also been asking for another streamer to contribute, Trainwreck. Similar to xQc and Ludwig, Trainwreck was apparently duped by Slicker. According to xQc, “if Trainwreck wants to join forces with me on a fifty-fifty split, I will refund half of everybody who has been scammed of any money, even a single dollar.” The streamer added that “with proof, we’ll go through all of them and we’ll refund them.”
Some of the streamers taken in by Slicker have already been taking action. Mizkif has repaid a few followers that were out a certain amount of money, Trainwreck apparently following suit. The amount of money currently owed could be up to around $300,000.
Several content creators have been calling on Twitch to ban gambling streams entirely. The contention ironically began when xQc started handing out promotional codes for an online casino called Stake. The streamer later admitted to having a gambling addiction. “I’m just easily addicted, so I just shouldn’t gamble,” xQc said at the time. “I still do it. Is that good? No, that’s terrible. That’s an illness. That’s ill. I’m ill. But you know what? I can afford to be ill. I’m lucky.” The news later broke that his followers had gambled away more than $119 million using his promotional codes.
“A lot of these websites, Stake and all of them, if they have a code, if you are offering a code, that means that Stake is tracking all of your losses and you are getting a percentage of your fanbase's losses,” Hasan said during a stream. “That is quite literally the truth. That is how fucking bad it is. They let you in on it. They let you in on the losses of your fucking fanbase.”
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