One moment you’re being paid over $800,000 playing The Wild Machine, a slot game from Pragmatic Play, and the next day your money is gone, just like in the anecdotal episode of South Park. Twitch streamer xQc stood helpless as he witnessed a 500 internal server error burying his winnings in the irrecoverable recesses of the internet.
A server error of your own making
Server errors are a lingering fear for many gamers. Playing at Stake.com, the streamer’s favorite casino choice, xQc saw his $825,000 skyrocket. After landing, xQc had a quick reaction that cost him dearly. The streamer, not believing his luck, clicked with his mouse and refreshed the page, causing the error.
What followed was an understandable outburst. “What have I done!—-, I’m so stupid,” the streamer said when his earnings were already beyond his reach. He ended up falling back into his chair after being visibly tired from the unexpected turn of events.He then seemed comforted by the “near miss”, arguing that it “saved him” and that what would have followed would have probably been a much worse loss.
xQc fans were very happy to follow his lead. During a stream in May, the Twitch content creator said fans placed $119 million through his referral code on Stake.com. The numbers have likely gone up, although he didn’t really detail how much has been wagered through the link since.
Naturally, sponsored game streams have been a hot topic for many. xQc fans have criticized the streamer for a long time. His own dad went live to bring down his son, but none of that really spurred xQc to drastically change his attitude towards the game.
Just do what he likes
He visibly struggled at one point, but then said live that he wouldn’t let anyone else make choices for him. He loved the game and he would like to continue playing, he said at the time. This was around the time reports started to surface that gambling companies were offering streamers millions of dollars for less than an hour a day to broadcast their brands.
Some streamers have talked about it openly and argued that it’s not the kind of message they want to send. Of course, there have been those who have been happy to support xQc and defend him, arguing that he does nothing wrong that he loves. That’s true, but it seems like Twitch is walking on thin legal ice that could break at any time.
The Amazon-owned giant, however, hasn’t been too keen to alienate viewers from one of its top streamers. As for xQc, he’s just happy to carry on.