Playing video games and getting tipped tens of thousands of dollars? The ultimate dream for many, and precisely what happened to popular Twitch streamer “Sick Nerd“. The gamer made headlines after an anonymous donor(s) surprised him by donating a total of BTC 20, amounting up to approximately USD 73,000 at that time.
He received this remarkable gift while he was streaming a session of RuneScape to his 109,000 followers. He initially received a donation of BTC 4, then as the game went on, donations kept rolling in until a total of 46 donations amounted to BTC 20.49 by the end of the day.
Understandably shocked and surprised by generosity, Sick Nerd took to Twitter to express his gratitude towards the anonymous benefactor, promising to spend the money wisely.
Thank you to my mysteriously benefactor whoever you are, genuinely a life changing amount of money that I or nobody deserves but look what happened.
— Sick Nerd (@Sick_Nerd) January 11, 2019
The award-winning Runescape is now part of the Guinness Book of World Records courtesy of its 200 million users. Runescape is based in a medieval fantasy world Gielinor, where players battle with monsters, collect resources, and complete quests.
Last year, the video game streaming app Twitch allowed the users to tip each other using a host of cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Litecoin (LTC). The transfer of cryptocurrency was enabled through a company called Streamlabs which allows the tips to be sent through the users’ Coinbase accounts.
The trend of earning big bucks via streaming is not unprecedented, as the last decade has seen gaming become one of the largest contributors in the entertainment industry. Case in point, 27-year-old gamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who reportedly earned over USD 10 million in 2018 by streaming Fortnite.
The trend of using cryptocurrencies in the gaming industry has been growing over the last couple of years. The was signified by the move made by Fortnite earlier in January, where they added support for Monero payments for the online merchandise shop. Similarly, Razer, a well-renowned gaming hardware manufacturer, developed a launched a program SoftMiner just last month which allows gamers to mine for the cryptocurrency Razer Silver when they are not using their computers for gaming.
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