by Steven Asarch, Insider
On Thursday night, a clip from Twitch streamer Buckkerz that showed him screaming at his young child after losing at a video game went viral.
In the clip, Buckkerz (whose legal name hasn’t been confirmed by Insider) can be seen playing “Madden 21” with his toddler son on his lap. After having his in-game throw intercepted, the streamer yells “god dam—” as he throws his controller down, breaking it. “F—ing $300 f—ing controller” he yells as the young child screams on camera.
“I’m about to go before I lose it,” he says, placing the child down in a chair before screaming directly in its face “shut the f— up!”
His webcam then disappears and the stream cuts off.
Buckkerz is a small streamer, who according to TwitchTracker streamed himself playing “Madden 21” multiple times a week throughout November and October 2020 for under two hours to an average audience of around five viewers. His January 21 stream was his first time back and one of those five viewers managed to capture the clip and post it to Reddit.
The 28-second clip gained traction on the LiveStreamFails subreddit where it quickly accrued over 10,000 upvotes in under 24 hours. “If video games make you act like this to your family, pets, or a fu—– child… you need to reevaluate your life,” wrote one Redditor. “That poor baby. My heart just broke for that kid,” wrote another.
On Twitter, the clip was posted by YouTuber Nicholas DeOrio, where it pulled in over 160,000 views in 10 hours.
For a brief period, after the clip had hit Reddit, Buckkerz changed his Twitch channel name to “Imsorry1234556” before the channel was taken offline. It is unclear if the account was removed by the streamer or if it was banned by Twitch. Twitch did not respond for comment by publication time.
When the backlash started to kick in, Buckkerz was quick to delete his many social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. His now-defunct Bukkerzgaming account wrote in his about tab, “Living Sober, Being a good Father and Husband is my mission in life.”
Unfortunately, streamers on Twitch have exhibited similar behavior before.
In 2018, the Australian streamer Luke “mrDeadMoth” Munday streamed himself attacking his pregnant fiancee who was trying to get him away from a game of “Fortnite.” A year later, he was charged with common assault and was sentenced to a 14-month community corrections order. In 2019, a streamer who goes by TTV_MajesticUnicorn was seen on camera biting and hitting her infant son.
Buckkerz did not return a request for comment by publication time.