In this edition of The Daily, a video gamer streaming on Twitch has received crypto donations totaling over $70,000 and a hacker believed to be behind the 51 percent attack on the Ethereum Classic blockchain has reportedly returned $100,000 in ETC coins. Also, Electrum developers have issued another series of warnings about phishing attempts using the name of the popular cryptocurrency wallet.
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Gamer Gets $70,000 in BTC Donations
A video gamer going by the nickname “Sick_Nerd” has been tipped more than $70,000 in cryptocurrency while streaming a game of Runescape on Twitch. Most of the money was donated in several separate transfers of BTC by another user with the handle “lightpuma.”
The game played in front of a couple of thousand viewers is a version of Runescape, which is the most popular edition of the “massively multiplayer online roleplaying games” genre. It has been estimated that Runescape has over 250 million players.
On Friday, Sick_Nerd got a total of 46 crypto donations amounting to around 20 BTC worth around $73,000, at the time of writing. Other Twitch users have recorded the stream and the gamer’s reactions. Later Sick_Nerd went to Twitter to thank his mysterious benefactor.
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
Last year, the popular video game streaming app Twitch enabled its users to tip each other with a number of major cryptocurrencies including bitcoin core (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), ethereum (ETH), and litecoin (LTC). The feature was integrated with the help of a company called Streamlabs and the tips are sent through the users’ Coinbase accounts.