American streamer IShowSpeed has made a mistake that is costing him dearly. With one click, $225,000 is now gone.
Cincinnati, Ohio – Darren Watkins Jr., aka IShowSpeed, is known online for creating the most absurd situations in his videos and livestreams. The chaos that the YouTube star radiates in the process fascinates viewers all over the world. Now, a TikTok clip has been making the rounds showing another strange escapade by the streamer. Apparently, the streamer has spent $225,000 on a T-shirt he won't even be able to wear. It was a virtual item.
|Full name||Darren Watkins Jr.|
|Known As||IShowSpeed or just Speed|
|Birthday||21 January 2005|
|Place of birth||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Followers on YouTube||12.9 million (as of November 2022)|
|Followers on TikTok||10.3 million (as of November 2022)|
Streamer buys virtual T-shirt for $225,000 – can't believe it himself
What happened? In his livestream, the streamer logged in to the Roblox gaming platform. On Roblox you can also purchase a lot of different items for different game worlds and your own character. However, the items in Roblox are paid for with real money, which is converted into Roblox's virtual currency beforehand. In his livestream, the YouTuber apparently discovered a virtual T-shirt that caught his eye, and the price was also a real bargain: 18 million Robux (the equivalent of about 225,000 US dollars or 200,000 euros).
YouTube star and streamer "IShowSpeed" © youtube.com / IShowSpeed / Unsplash.com / ingame.de (Montage)
In the stream, IShowSpeed fooled around and jokingly asked an app if he should buy the item. The program answers the YouTuber with a resounding "no". Then it happens: whether out of clumsiness, defiance or a hint of exuberance is not entirely clear. IShowSpeed allowed itself a mishap during a phone call with rapper Drake and is known for exactly such exceptional situations.
However, the YouTuber completes the purchase of the item with a short click – and seconds later is in possession of a virtual shirt adorned with the face of the film character "Shrek". It's a good thing he spent almost a quarter of a million dollars on it. The seller will be delighted.
At the same moment, the influencer becomes aware of what has just happened. He is upset, can't believe it himself and then has to realize in tears that reality has just caught up with him. The clip ends with the influencer tearing the headset off his head and looking into the void in disbelief. IShowSpeed flew to a game to watch CR7 – when the footballer was not present, he made a similar face. At this point we have included a video of ours on the topic.
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Streamer buys virtual t-shirt for $225,000 – here's how the community reacts
Here's how the community is responding: The streamer's community is quite amused by the incident, but some users are also confused or believe the video is just a fake. However, pity is rather rare in the comments.
- Daddydanilo comments: "He should have listened to the app, which knew what was happening."
- Myfans writes: "With the money, he could have bought a used Lamborghini."
- Nuncio Ceasar adds: "You forget that he probably made a lot of money and an extra ton of viewers with this clip, so it was probably worth it."
Whether the streamer will ever see his money again or whether there is a way to reverse the purchase is unclear so far. However, since IShowSpeed would have to earn quite well with several million YouTube followers, this edition should at least not mean financial ruin for the 18-year-old influencer.