Streaming is a lucrative — if risky — method of content creation. On one hand, it removes all the nitty gritty of editing since it is essentially a live broadcast of a game session. On the other hand, it opens up streamers to the dark truth of the internet: Your mistakes are on display for everyone to see, and they’ve been laminated. If you say something on stream people find offensives, you can’t edit that out. And, if you accidentally leak personal information, you could potentially destroy someone’s else’s livelihood, or maybe your own.
Most streamers keep such information a closely-guarded secret. On the rare occasions streamers do leak personal information, they might get lucky and only receive simple phone calls from fans who want to wish them luck. But the odds are more than good that disgruntled audience members will use that info for nefarious purposes. That’s why most streamers are very careful with their sensitive data. The internet can be an unforgiving wasteland, and as you’ll soon discover, there are plenty of trolls lurking about.
Here are a few examples of streamers who’ve accidentally shared things they shouldn’t have online.
Pokimane’s info was leaked twice
Imane Anys, better known as Pokimane, makes a lot of bank streaming. She might live the life we all dream by playing video games (specifically Fortnite and League of Legends) for a job, but like everyone else, her life can turn upside down when her personal info is leaked. Take for example, that one time her credit card information was stolen.
Most of us have been there. You’re out on the town, minding your own business when your credit card is denied. Then, when you get home, you discover someone tried to use your card to purchase 50 pounds of Cheez Whiz. Something like that happened to Pokimane when her credit card was accidentally caught on stream by fellow creator Fedmyster, who was wearing a chest camera. Pokimane recovered from this disastrous event quickly thanks to fast-acting card customer service. However, this wasn’t her only brush with personal info leaks.
Imagine, if you will, playing Call of Duty: Warzone for the first time and celebrating the momentous occasion with a livestream. Before you start, however, you grab a bottle of water — a hydrated streamer is an alert streamer, after all. But when you come back, you realize the stream was displaying your personal email for the past minute for everyone to see. Pokimane lived through this exact scenario, and while not as dangerous as accidentally sharing credit card information, it is embarrassing nonetheless.
Tfue leaked more than his own information
Oh, Tfue, you can’t escape controversy, can you? You and Ninja have exchanged blows for who knows how long, and you even tried to sue your former team. You’ve also had the misfortune of accidentally leaking personal information on multiple occasions, and not all of it was yours.
One notable example of Tfue leaking info came during his first time playing Call of Duty: Warzone. To be fair, though, this mistake caught everyone by surprise. Tfue was setting up his game to ensure all the options were optimized for his play style when his email popped on the screen. It was not a good way to start his first day in Warzone, and it threw him off his game for the session. However, that was a mostly harmless example of what can happen when you leak personal info on-screen. The next one? Not so much.
Tfue’s most recent leak gaffe (as of this writing) occurred during the Mr. Beast charity tournament. What was supposed to be a friendly stream where audiences watched Mr. Beast’s channel for fun and goodwill was derailed when Tfue leaked Mr. Beast’s phone number. Oh, and the code for the participant group chat. That’s a big breach of trust, and Ninja verbally attacked Tfue for it.
It’s one thing to leak your own information in a stream, but it’s quite different to leak someone else’s.
PewDiePie accidentally gave viewers his email address
What do Tfue, Pokimane, and PewDiePie have in common? They all played Call of Duty: Warzone and had their emails leaked to the public. Coincidence? No. Feature? Yes.
PewDiePie, like everyone who logs into Warzone for the first time, had to wade through the game’s setup menu. He ensured the audio would provide a crisp session that put him in the middle of the action, and then he altered the game’s visual settings. What was next? As Tfue and Pokimane learned the hard way, Warzone displayed his email address. Like Tfue and Pokimane, he streamed his first session, complete with game setup and email leak.
One must ask who was responsible for this decision, as Warzone begs to be streamed but catches first-time streamers off guard by leaking their email information. Granted, the game doesn’t leak their email every single time they play the game, but once is all it takes to cause a problem. At least other game studios can learn from this mistake.
Asian Andy was trolled hard by his viewers… and Amazon’s Alexa
Some ideas don’t sound bad until you try them out. Participating in the Running of the Bulls is one example, and another is putting Alexa within earshot of a livestream.
Asian Andy, a vlogger who streams his everyday life, decided to stream dying his hair. To add to the list of totally-not-good ideas, he let his viewers leave customized text-to-speech messages by donating money to him. Andy’s audience quickly discovered they could trick the nearby Alexa device to do whatever they wanted. The stream devolved into voice-activated chaos.
At first, viewers jokingly made Alexa call Andy’s mom, but then they moved to more malicious requests. Viewers asked Alexa to add all sorts of NSFW items to Andy’s shopping list, as well as to call an Uber. Andy quickly lost his temper with the trolls, but they had one final ace up their sleeves. After waiting long enough, one audience member donated money to ask Alexa where Andy lived, and Alexa obliged.
Just goes to show you that text-to-speech donations and virtual assistants go together as well as open flames and dynamite.
xQc had a number of IP-related slip-ups
Some people learn from their mistakes, while others keep making them. xQc is in the latter category.
xQc is a streamer who doesn’t have a favorite game or genre. He just streams what he wants, when he wants, and people watch him. However, he has a bad habit of accidentally revealing his IP address for all the world to see. During a New Year’s stream, xQc’s internet started acting slowly, so he decided to diagnose the problem by viewing his task manager. While this strategy can fix many problems, xQc forgot he was still streaming, and the task manager displayed his IP address for everyone to see. It wasn’t the first time he made this mistake, but it did delay the rest of his stream.
Others seem to enjoy helping xQc reveal his IP address, too. In one instance, xQc was streaming Grand Theft Auto Online when he got a bad case of the server hacks. His camera went all wonky, his cars changed colors, and his character’s body spontaneously transformed into traffic cones. All of this was attributed to a hacker on the server. Unfortunately, someone then shared xQc’s IP address in GTA Online‘s chat, and he was hit by a DDoS attack that crashed his game.
The universe apparently just wants to leak xQc’s IP address.
Loserfruit intentionally leaked her phone number, and she didn’t regret it
Not all personal info leaks are accidental. Sometimes a streamer intentionally gives away their contact information just to see what happens.
As a joke, Loserfruit decided to use her phone number as her Fortnite username. Her idea could have easily backfired, and the joke would then have been on her. However, Loserfruit lucked out and had a fairly good experience.
Most of the people who called Loserfruit wished her luck, even though they seemed to have butterflies in their stomachs while talking to her. The number of people who called exceeded her capacity to respond, and most were just sent to the eternal limbo that is voicemail. In fact, so many fans called Loserfruit her phone glitched out and started hanging up on people.
In a surprise twist, though, one person who called Loserfruit teamed up with her for a Fortnite match, which was actually a boon for him since he didn’t have a microphone. If he hadn’t reached Loserfruit, he wouldn’t have been able to communicate with the rest of the team.
Overall, Loserfruit’s streaming plan was relatively troll-free. One person did call her to order some Big Macs, though.
Loserfruit deactivated the phone number after the stream, so people who missed the once-in-a-lifetime chance to talk to her might not ever get it again. Still, even though Loserfruit’s idea didn’t come back to bite her, it was the epitome of the phrase, "Don’t try this at home, kids. I’m a trained professional."
WingsofRedemption accidentally leaked his phone number and paid the price
Jordie Jordan, better known as WingsofRedemption, used to be everywhere. Now he has a much smaller viewer base. On a side note, he tried to buy a Camaro. What does that have to do with him leaking info? He wanted to show viewers he was serious about the purchase, so he displayed the message he sent to the Camaro salesperson.
Unfortunately, the message included his phone number. This mistake led to some expected trolling during a Rainbow Six Siege session.
Shortly after accidentally exposing his number, WingsofRedemption’s phone started ringing off the hook in the middle of his stream. It didn’t help matters that his phone ring was set to a very loud, very urgent Metal Gear Solid codec sound. Each time it rang, he had to take a moment to either answer it or hang up, which severely hampered his ability to focus on the match.
WingsofRedemption’s temper flared the more he was called, and the more his temper flared, the more people called. Eventually, he put the stream on hiatus to deal with the calls and later returned to the session, unwilling to discuss the issue.
On the bright side, WingsofRedemption managed to head the problem off at the pass before it became unbearable.
BadBoyHalo nearly gave his credit card number out on stream
Beer, lack of sleep, and Minecraft do not go well together, and they almost cost a streamer his credit card.
Late one night — or early one morning, depending on your perspective — Skeppy and his friend BadBoyHalo streamed a game of Minecraft. They were tired and drunk; nobody was thinking straight. One thing led to another, and their conversation turned to credit cards. BadBoyHalo boasted about his new credit card. Skeppy didn’t believe a word that came out of BadBoyHalo’s inebriated mouth. So, BadBoyHalo reached into his wallet, pulled out his card, and started reading off the numbers, assuming that nobody could use it since they didn’t physically have the card.
Skeppy, being the more lucid of the two, prevented BadBoyHalo from rattling off more than three numbers and pleaded that he not list any more. Eventually, BadBoyHalo listened to reason and stopped trying to give away his credit card number, although he took quite a lot of convincing. BadBoyHalo was extremely drunk, after all.
On the bright side, BadBoyHalo was so drunk he gave away some numbers for an expired card. His actual credit card information was safe and sound despite his efforts to give it away.
Symfuhny almost gave away too much
If you’ve ever played a free-to-play game, odds are you’ve been hit with the urge to make an in-game purchase. Maybe you wanted to buy a skin for Fortnite or Overwatch, or perhaps you wanted to buy some Guild Wars 2 expansion content. Whether or not you listened to the little voices on your shoulder urging you to buy these microtransactions, you probably weren’t streaming your purchases. Other people have not been so lucky.
During one Fortnite streaming session, Symfuhny decided to purchase some V-Bucks and forgot to black out his screen, which meant his credit card was visible for everyone to see. Well, part of his credit card, anyway — specifically, its brand and the last four numbers. Oh, and his full name, too. If you didn’t know that Symfuhny’s real name is Mason Lanier, you certainly did after the leak.
On the bright side, Symfuhny wasn’t too distressed. He quickly realized his mistake and temporarily backed out of the purchase so he could to black out the number and continue with his transaction. All things considered, he handled his mistake rather well.
Shroud leaked his IP address and ruined CS:GO for everyone
Having the fastest fingers can win streamers esports matches. While Shroud’s twitch reactions have served him well in tournaments, they also led to an unfortunate DDoS.
During his Cloud9 days, Shroud played a friendly match of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. He got a little overconfident and charged headlong into battle, which got him summarily slaughtered. However, his mouse and keyboard movements didn’t quite catch up with his sudden death, and he accidentally minimized the game and displayed his IP. While Shroud was able to close the tab that showed his IP almost as quickly as he died, the damage had already been done.
Shortly after Shroud reentered the match, the game started to stutter and buckle. The CS:GO server got slower and slower, until it finally threw its hands up in defeat and left for lunch. Everyone, including Shroud, ran as fast as they could but got nowhere fast — literally. The DDoS attackers had won. Shroud and his teammates were frustrated, but they still managed to laugh the event off and have a good time.
Skeppy’s accidental Minecraft IP leak
Minecraft streamer Skeppy managed to receive a covetous invite to KEEMSTAR’s Minecraft Mondays. Had all gone according to plan, he would have streamed the event with little to no problems. But he wanted to get rid of his character’s cape. That’s when things went south.
Skeppy scoured Minecraft‘s settings menu, searching for a solution. He looked through performance options, detail settings, and everything he could think of. While he finally solved his problem, he forgot that he was still streaming when he rejoined the Minecraft Mondays server, and his stream displayed the server’s IP address in big bold letters. Realizing he accidentally leaked the address to viewers, Skeppy screamed as loud as most streamers scream when they meet their first creeper.
Skeppy and his fellow streamer Doni Bobes were scared that this lapse in judgement would get them kicked from the server. After all, the Minecraft Monday server’s IP address had been leaked to the unforgiving eyes of the internet, and anyone with half a mind could join it. However, for once in the history of the internet, nobody actually took advantage of the IP leak. No trolls joined, and nobody DDoSed the event. In an unprecedented turn of luck, an IP leak resulted in no problems.
Skeppy probably did more damage to his throat by screaming than he did to the server by leaking its IP address.
TisParker’s search history was revealed
One of a VPN‘s biggest selling points is anonymity. Nobody wants their personal information and browsing history leaked or sold to the highest bidder, so many people shell out cash to protect themselves online. That idea is all well and good, but it only works when you aren’t a streamer who shows off your browser history to viewers — even when you don’t mean to.
Parker "TisParker" Edwards did not start the new year on the right foot. During a Twitch broadcast on Jan. 19, 2020, he took a quick break to clean his glasses and grab a drink. However, TisParker didn’t realize he had accidentally left his browser search history up for his audience. Most of his past searches were benign, such as "acrylic painting on glass" and "phineas and ferb" — but then there was the top search: "can you have s*x in your car without breaking the law."
Thankfully, TisParker quickly noticed his mistake when viewers sent messages such as "Search history, Parker," and he laughed it off. This gaffe was a far cry from accidentally leaking your credit card or social security numbers, but the less audiences know about a streamer’s potentially illegal car-related dreams, the better.
Valkyrae accidentally showed off her YouTube earnings
While most big-name streamers had their earnings leaked on Twitch in 2021, YouTube streamers were mostly safe. However, Valkyrae didn’t hackers to reveal her income to the world — the YouTube streamer accidentally did it herself.
In one of her livestreams back in 2020, Valkyrae ended up clicking over to her YouTube analytics tab. This was captured by Twitter user TheLolHounds, who also pointed out several bits of information.
The page showed off a few interesting metrics, such as her video averages, but the section that stood out most was where it discussed her past 26 days of activity. With 2.6 million subscribers, 36.4 million views, and 8.4 million hours being watched, the YouTube megastar made $172k. Not only that, but it was down by 6% — a $10k difference. And keep in mind, she still had five days to go (and earn) in the month.
Mizkif revealed his Twitter DMs
Let’s face it: no one wants their personal conversations to be shown off to everyone. Unfortunately, Mizkif was one of the not-so-lucky few to have done just that.
In 2021, Mizkif was streaming with Jschlatt and showing his fellow OTK member messages from an over-the-top fan that Miz had accidentally followed on social media. When he was done showing off the messages, Mizkif closed the tab without thinking — which led to him showing off the main message page on his Twitter account to all of his viewers.
After immediately face-planting and screaming, Mizkif announced that there wasn’t anything juicy that could be leaked from this. However, fans were quick to point out a message he sent to quqco, a fellow streamer. His message was harmless but meme-able: "Let’s just make good memories…"
Others have noticed messages to other popular content creators, including Idubbbz, scarra, and GarretLA. While the leak didn’t let anything too important out to the public, it was pretty funny to see Mizkif’s initial reaction.
Fuslie leaked a potential YouTube exclusive contract
Some streamers have accidentally leaked their future plans to the internet, and some fans think Fuslie came close to doing just that.
In November 2021, Fuslie was streaming when something strange happened. When switching to another window, her computer showed off a full screen of another Google Chrome window in which her email inbox was pulled up. She quickly realized what happened and ended her stream with no comments about what was in her emails.
While it was only up for a very brief time, viewers were able to record the exposed screen and slow it down to check out her inbox. Many were surprised to see an email with the subject line "YT *Confidential*" and a PDF file named "Fuslie BINDING…" sitting in the streamer’s inbox.
Some fans think this means the Twitch star could be moving to YouTube when her Twitch contract is up, or she could have been discussing the logistics and monetary value of switching platforms.
QTCinderella accidentally showed fans early proof that she was dating Ludwig
Streamers QTCinderella and Ludwig have been dating for quite some time. However, the two didn’t really get the chance to announce it to the public in the way they might have hoped — because QTCinderella accidentally leaked it while streaming.
While no one knew that the two were officially dating, they still talked as friends on stream. During one stream in which the two were having a conversation, QTCinderella made a joke about arguing with Ludwig to get him to continue talking to her, and Ludwig hung up the Discord call. When he did this, Discord popped up on QT’s computer, which displayed some past messages between the two.
In the Discord messages, fans could see that Ludwig had shared one of his videos with QT and she’d replied with "it’s so good babe." QTCinderella started laughing and seemed to be at a loss for words when she ended her stream.
Tyler1 let the cat out of the bag about Yassuo’s ex-girlfriend
Tyler1 and Yassuo are two major names in the "League of Legends" community, and it’s not uncommon for these two to face each other in Summoner’s Rift. In the middle of a game with several popular creators, Yassuo and Tyler1 were playing against each other when chaos broke out.
Yassuo was bantering with one of Tyler1’s teammates, Tarzaned, when Tyler1 decided to step in. In the chat, Tyler1 joked around a bit before saying that he’ll leak something if Yassuo doesn’t calm down. Yassuo told him to do it, and Tyler1 typed up "BELLA LEFT." He never actually sent the message, but the damage was done when his viewers still saw what he typed.
Tyler1 was referring to Yassuo’s then-girlfriend less than a month before the pair announced their break-up. The break-up quickly became messy (per Dexerto), but it seems like Tyler1 was the first person to accidentally tell viewers there was trouble in paradise.
MrBeast gave the internet his address
MrBeast is known for his big stunt video, many of which involve him spending or raising large amounts of money. But in the video where MrBeast donated $50,000 to Ninja, MrBeast accidentally dropped his address in the sponsorship section of the video.
While telling viewers about Honey, a popular internet extension that scans for coupons before checking out of an online site, MrBeast gave a rundown of how the extension works. At this point in the video, the content creator showed his cart to viewrs and actually displayed his delivery address as well.
It didn’t look like some promotional or forwarding address, either. There’s no PO Box number, and it’s fairly common knowledge among fans that MrBeast lives in North Carolina (per NDTV), just like the address seen on-screen. Whatever the case, MrBeast didn’t acknowledge the leaked address — which may have been the best reaction he could’ve had.
LandonMC got free pizza after leaking his address on stream
Who says leaking information online always has to be a bad thing? "Fortnite" content creator LandonMC saw surprising results after leaking his personal info back in 2019.
According to a tweet from Landon, he accidentally shared his address at some point while streaming. However, instead of anything scary happening, someone who saw it just sent him a pizza — a much friendlier gesture than what most people would expect. In fact, his Twitter replies were full of concerned followers telling him to be careful, because things could’ve ended up much worse. Other fans happily pointed that Landon’s seems to have some pretty great fans.
Several Twitter users asked if Landon had to pay for the pizzas at the door, but the streamer never responded. This is a good question, though: On one hand, these pizzas could have been a sweet gesture from a fan. On the other hand, if he had to shell out cash for them when they arrived, the pizzas could’ve been a way to troll the streamer.
Lachlan leaked his phone number on Fortnite
Of course, not all leaks are accidental, and YouTuber Lachlan actually purposefully leaked his phone number while playing "Fortnite." In fact, he changed his screen name to his phone number to see what people would do. Not surprisingly, many people actually called him up.
The first person who called him opened their chat with "you killed me, man," and then proceeded to "coach" Lachlan on "Fortnite" over the phone. The second player to call him actually recognized Lachlan’s voice, and the player’s friend was also on the line. Both were huge fans of Lachlan and were pretty excited to suddenly find themselves on his channel. In fact, the two ended up calling Lachlan back later on.
Lachlan explained that he had hoped more people would call and rage at him, but most people ended up recognizing his voice. In fact, he found one fan that had been watching him for longer than he’d been playing "Fortnite." This wasn’t quite the reaction that Lachlan expected, but it was heartwarming nonetheless.
Mitch Jones got banned after leaking offensive messages
If you were a fan of "World of Warcraft" back in the late 2010s, then you may remember Mitch Jones. He was a popular MMO streamer who became rather controversial over the course of many Twitch suspensions, and one ban in particular sent fans reeling.
Back in 2019, Jones accidentally leaked both his Discord and Twitter messages while clicking through multiple open tabs (via Dexerto). He immediately called himself an "idiot" and asked aloud if he had really leaked information "again" — but this time he leaked some pretty offensive things.
In addition to messages between Jones and other streamers — including chats with Mizkif and Ice Poseidon — many viewers were quick to note that he had typed out a racial slur. His Twitch account was taken down pretty quickly afterward.
Nowadays, Jones is back on Twitch and streaming "World of Warcraft" again, often collaborating with his longtime friend Asmongold.