Big Twitch streamer cheats fans and friends out of €200,000 because of gambling addiction

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The English Twitch streamer “ItsSlikeR” is said to have borrowed money from viewers and fellow streamers for several years – he didn’t pay anything back. Now he turned to his fans and those affected in an emotional stream.

This is the situation: On September 17th, streamer “mikelpee” shared a video that he is said to have received from Sliker. In the video, Sliker explains that his bank account has been temporarily blocked. Therefore he had to borrow some money, which he wanted to pay back within 2 months.

Sliker also claims to have reached out to a few other streamers for help, but they said no. That is why he is now turning to subscribers who have particularly caught his eye. The streamer also asks to keep the whole thing confidential, saying it’s all very uncomfortable for him.

You can watch the clip in English here:

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The whole thing has these dimensions: The clip went viral on the LivestreamFail subreddit, where it has already garnered over 23,000 likes and nearly 2,000 comments. Also under the comments is a collection of screenshots from conversations on Discord and referrals (via reddit).

Apparently, Sliker had sent this and similar messages to several content creators and viewers he was friends with. More and more people came forward and said they had lent or been asked to lend money to Sliker. Overall, Sliker is said to have stolen the equivalent of over €200,000.

Some of those affected have apparently been waiting for Sliker to pay the money back for 2 years.

Sliker apologizes in emotional stream

This stream is about: In a September 18 stream, Sliker addressed his fans and those affected. In the stream, Sliker looks very emotional.

He seems to find it difficult to talk about the matter, he keeps interrupting himself, burying his face in his hands. However, through tears, he declares that he is not the victim in this case and promises to tell the whole truth.

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For this, Sliker needed the money: The streamer says he is addicted to gambling. It all started with CS:GO skins. But then he started gambling for money. At first it was small amounts, but when he started streaming, it got bigger.

Sliker gambled away all his Twitch earnings and needed more. So he turned to other streamers. However, he did not dare to tell them the real reasons and therefore lied.

Among those affected is said to be casino streamer Tyler “Trainwreck” Niknam, from whom Sliker is said to have borrowed $100,000. That destroyed their friendship, according to Sliker.

“It was never my intention to cheat anyone”

Here’s how Sliker rationalized his behavior: Sliker explained that he intended — at least initially — to give people their money back. It was never his intention to cheat anyone. He also promised to repay the money to those affected at some point.

He also praised those affected for speaking up and warned against gambling:

That’s what gambling has made of me. That crap is dangerous. This is the epitome of a gambling addict. I lied to my viewers and told them “I gambled a long time ago”. That was a lie. I gambled continuously.

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Other streamers want to step in

What’s next? While Sliker promises to raise the money somehow, Twitch star Félix “xQc” and YouTuber Ludwig Ahgren have announced plans to replace the victims.

Gambling is a huge topic on Twitch anyway. The so-called casino streamers are always the subject of controversy.

Gambling was also very popular on German Twitch for a while thanks to streamers such as MontanaBlack and Knossi. But this can have serious consequences for viewers.

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