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Teen Fortnite Addict Spends Close to $20K Savings on Twitch Donations

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A teenage Fortnite addict has reportedly wasted away close to $20,000 worth of his parent’s savings by making donations to Twitch streamers over the course of 17 days in June, according to The Sun.

The parents, who opted to remain anonymous to protect their son’s identity, made a post on Reddit about the $19,870.94 charge.

“When I saw the bank balances were almost gone, my lips started to tingle and I had to put my head down so I wouldn’t pass out” the mother said, according to Dot Esports. “I cried at first. I didn’t believe he could’ve done this.”

The son was given a debit card with a nominal balance to buy school lunches, but began transferring money from the account into his debit card to pay for transactions via online banking.

The son was confronted, but was “shocked” when seeing the total.

“I contacted my bank as soon as I found out and they froze all of our accounts, and his debit card was canceled,” she said. “Unless I press charges against my son, they will not help as this is considered friendly fraud.”

The mother has not had much success getting through to Twitch or Amazon, claiming that Twitch hasn’t responded in over two weeks, and Amazon directing her to contact Twitch directly regarding the matter.

“I work too many hours, and have not paid close enough attention to what he was doing online,” she said. “His internet knowledge has absolutely surpassed mine… My focus now though is trying to figure out why he did it so I can make sure this is the one giant mistake he makes in his life.”

Donations went to popular Twitch streamers like Tfue, Gorb, and Ewokttv, as well as Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kurt Benkert and Miami Heat player Meyers Leonard.

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