A wheelchair-bound gamer who regularly appeared on Twitch.tv has been accused of faking his disability after he stood up and walked while on camera. No, he was not broadcasting live from a faith healers temple – he just sort of did it while his camera was on. Now he is facing the outrage and wrath of the gaming community and the punitive verdict of Twitch.tv, according to Eurogamer.
Angel "zilianOP" Hamilton became popular on Twitch.tv; he implied in his appearances there that he was paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. But the biggest beef with his portraying himself as disabled is that he used his Twitch.tv channel to earn money via donations.
In the clip that outed his fake disability, Hamilton is shown leaving a game in progress by standing up and glancing at the camera. He appears to rise up from his chair without any help and walks away unaided. In the background his girlfriend Breanna/"Panthoria", who also takes part in his streams from time to time, is heard exclaiming "oh my god!," followed by Hamilton tilting his camera away as he returns to his wheelchair.
Both Hamilton and his girlfriend's accounts have been banned due to "terms of service violations," according to Twitch.tv.
"The Twitch broadcaster, Zilianop, did indeed have his channel closed and his partnership contract terminated on the basis of fraud," a Twitch spokesperson told Kotaku. "Moving forward, we'll be offering refunds to those who subscribed to his channel through Twitch. We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior and the character demonstrated in this situation is truly reprehensible."
"His actions are a huge slap in the face to Twitch community members with real disabilities such as Aieron, and groups such as AbleGamers, who have helped spread a message of inclusiveness and positivity to not only the Twitch community, but gaming as a whole."
Viewers are not satisfied with a simple shut down of his Twitch channel; they have taken to YouTube and Reddit with pointed words for Hamilton. The whole ordeal is detailed over at Diablowned, who claim that Hamilton raised $20,000 while operating his channel. According to the story posted over there the money was allegedly spent on various electronic items, a $2000 wheelchair and $5000 to move house and live nearer his girlfriend.
Chat logs posted from the live broadcast that caught Hamilton's miraculous ability to walk again show Hamilton trying to explain what happened. He claims that his dog had knocked its water bowl over on some wiring. He says that he managed to stand, but then fell over.
"I pushed off my chair and ate it," he told viewers.