Shock confession from Twitch star DNP3: sponsored gambling stream spiralled into addiction and left him broke!
Online gambling became a hot topic within the Twitch community in 2022. xQc and Trainwrecks, two popular streamers, were known for gambling large amounts of money on online casinos like Stake in an attempt to win millions of dollars through virtual slots.
These streamers would spend hours a day gambling thousands of dollars per click in search of a “big win,” but this type of gambling is only possible if you are a successful content creator with a steady stream of funds. Despite hitting a multi-million dollar jackpot, Trainwrecks admitted that he still lost money overall.
DNP3 “loses everything” to gambling addiction
Twitch eventually banned streams showing online gambling in unregulated casinos due to the risks involved. However, while streamers were worried about their viewers becoming addicted to gambling, they did not realize that one of their own, DNP3, was “losing everything” to his own gambling addiction.
On January 3, DNP3 posted a Twitlonger with the caption “I’m sorry,” in which he revealed how he had developed a gambling addiction in 2022 and “lost everything.” He wrote, “Over the last year I got incredibly addicted to gambling. Every dollar I could find I would put into Stake in hopes of winning big. Even when the big wins did happen, it wasn’t enough. Eventually I lost everything.” DNP3 also mentioned that after his savings were depleted, he turned to using funds from project investors in an attempt to “get his money back” from the casino.
He explained how he is “completely broke” financially and spiritually and has lost trust in himself. DNP3 is working with a help group to start the road to recovery and mentioned how he wants to “break free” from the dark world of gambling.
In reply to a concerned viewer, DNP3 noted that the addiction began with a sponsored stream that “unleashed an addiction I never knew I had.”
DNP3 is the founder of CLU Coin, Gridcraft, and Goobers NFTs, projects he took investor money from to fund his gambling addiction. He stated that he would address the next steps for these projects in a separate tweet.
He ended his twitlonger with an apology to his family, friends, and investors, admitting he betrayed their trust, let them down, and did not live up to his values of integrity.