A heartwarming video showing a man donating money to a video game streamer with no viewers has swept the internet.
The video, a screenshot of the gamer’s live stream, was originally posted to TikTok on February 26 by HypeSzn, aka @hypesznnn. However, on Monday, the clip was reposted on Reddit’s “Made Me Smile” forum by u/usedchloroform. So far, the video has over 6 million views on TikTok and over 51,000 upvotes on Reddit.
Commenters on both platforms said they were moved by both HypeSzn’s gesture and the streamer’s response. Some also claimed that the video helped the streamer gain thousands of followers on Twitch, an interactive live streaming service.
At the beginning of its video, HypeSzn sends the streamer a $1 donation with an attached message that reads, “Hey man! Keep it up!”
Although the monetary value is small, the streamer, DJSpiderbutt, is audibly excited by the random act of kindness.
“Hey, woah! Did I just…HypeSzn, thanks man!” said DJ Spiderbutt. “Just got my first donation!”
Throughout the rest of the video, DjSpiderbutt continues to express his excitement and thanks again HypeSzn for his support.
“God, that’s great,” he said. “That just made my day… I’m super happy.”
In addition to the donation from HypeSzn, some Redditors claimed that DJSpiderbutt also gained thousands of followers on Twitch as a result of the viral video.
He used to have less than 100 followers and zero viewers on his stream, but this Tiktok video really went viral in just a few days [after] it has been posted. As of now, I believe he has gained over 6.5k followers,” u/usedchloroform wrote.
A quick search of “DJSpiderbutt” on the platform reveals that the streamer currently has over 7,000 followers.
“It’s little acts like this that really change people’s lives,” DJSpiderbutt said in a video response to HypeSzn.
“I was almost ready to sell my PC, almost ready to put all my streaming equipment up for sale, but because of HypeSzn, that’s no longer the case,” he continued. “HypeSzn, you rock!”
According to NerdWallet, donations are one of many different ways Twitch’s 4 million monthly broadcasters have monetized their love of gaming.
“Thanks to subscriptions, sponsorships and a share of the advertising revenue,” says NerdWallet, “some broadcasters earn seven figures a year.”
A recent hack of the platform that resulted in the leak of a maker payout report even revealed that a broadcaster under the username xQc made more than $8 million between August 2019 and October 2021.
Of course, a person’s “money-making potential” grows as their audience grows, NerdWallet said.
“Successful channels, like businesses, are built over years, not days or weeks,” Jordan Slavik, an “avid gamer,” told the company. “The most important thing is to keep producing materials.”
As mentioned before, commenters on Reddit and TikTok loved HypeSzn’s video.
“You literally brought tears to my eyes, that’s so beneficial,” said TikToker Alysha Rosay.
“As a little streamer, this makes me incredibly happy to see,” Redditor wrote to u/nuggetdogg.
u/CapN-Judaism added: “What made me laugh is that he didn’t care at all how much he got, he just seemed happy to be appreciated for doing something he already loved doing.”
news week contacted HypeSzn for comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.
Other acts of kindness shared on Reddit include a daughter who gifted her father a PS5 for Christmas last year, and a streamer was overcome with emotion after waiting nearly an hour for his first subscribers in a Twitch post about spirituality. health.