Banned Fortnite Streamer Admits He's 12, Streams On YouTube With His Mum Supervising

H1ghSky1 (Image: FaZe Clan)

A pro Fortnite player signed to the esports organisation FaZe Clan, who was recently banned from Twitch for being under the age of 13, has admitted that he is, in fact, 12 years old. The streamer, named Patrick, aka “H1ghSky1,” has now moved his stream to YouTube, with his mum occasionally supervising on camera.

The controversy over Patrick’s age came to light as part of a lawsuit brought against FaZe clan by fellow streamer Turner “Tfue” Tenney. Tenney said that the esports organisation had signed a player when he was just 11 years old, two years too young to be streaming on Twitch or playing in official Fortnite tournaments.

Earlier this week, H1ghSky1’s Twitch channel got suspended. Yesterday evening, he began streaming on YouTube, where he finally fessed up.

“My Twitch account was suspended due to me being underage,” he said during his first YouTube stream. “And yes, I am 12. I only lied so that I could fulfil my dream of being a streamer. It’s been my dream for a long time, and I worked for a year and a half for it ... I’m sorry. I had to lie. I was too young, and it held me back. I just couldn’t wait two more years.”

“Holy cow,” he said. “I finally got it off my chest.”

All the while, subscriptions and donations poured in. His YouTube channel now has nearly 900,000 subscribers, although he gained most of them prior to yesterday’s stream.

H1ghSky1's mum, who supervised the entire stream and occasionally appeared on camera, said that her son had actually been using his older brother’s Twitch account, and that she and their father supervised those streams as well.

However, H1ghSky1 participated in plenty of Twitch streams where this was not immediately evident, and even if it was, he’d still likely be in violation of Twitch’s 13-and-up policy unless his parents were the main ones hosting the stream.

Kids under 13 can be featured solo in YouTube videos, but YouTube doesn’t let anyone under 13 sign up for an account, which is why the H1ghSky1 account has fine print noting that its “uploads and videos are created by the management team and Patric’s Guardians.” Earlier this month, for unrelated reasons, YouTube put restrictions on children live-streaming without supervision, hence H1ghSky1's mum being present.

H1ghSky1 said on the stream that since this is his first infraction on Twitch, his account is just suspended, not permanently banned. However, given that resuming streaming on Twitch while he is still 12 would pretty much immediately earn him another angry red mark on his record, he’s going to stick to YouTube for now.

“Well thank you, Twitch,” he said. “It was fun while it lasted.”

While H1ghSky1 has finally cleared his conscience and gotten right with Twitch’s terms of service, the revelation leaves FaZe in an awkward spot, given that one of its players was younger than the age cutoff for Epic’s Fortnite tournaments. Previously, H1ghSky1 took home a total of $US5,000 ($7,167) from two official tournaments: last year’s Winter Royale and this year’s Blackheart Cup.

On top of that, Tenney’s lawsuit alleges that the organisation not only lied about H1ghSky1's age, but also “pressured the minor and his family to do so.” In the world of esports, sponsorship deals involving influencers are increasingly central to the way teams make money, so FaZe has a vested interest in picking up and monetizing talent. Kotaku reached out to FaZe for comment, and were provided with the following statement:

Following an Epic investigation and player admission to falsifying age information, we have disqualified a Fortnite competitive player from the events that the player had participated in, including any prize distributions. We are updating Fortnite World Cup leaderboards accordingly.

In the meantime, H1ghSky1's mum, who definitely at least had knowledge of what her son was up to this whole time, mostly just seems proud.

“You are my genius,” she told her son after he finished his confession. “You are young, and you are a genius. You are amazing.”

“OK, mum,” H1ghSky1 said.


Comments

    I mean fraud is fraud. still if he's found a way that doesn't violate TOS then power to him. he's young and doesn't have many responsibilities yet so it's not like doing this for a few years and maybe petering out would have too signifigant an impact on him.

      Meh it's a victemless crime which I see as much less worse than fudging your age to get into a pub.
      I think him and his parents are doing this in a smart way. He'll either make it big on these platforms in the next few years or he'll get bored of it and focus more on his studies.
      His parents will be able to help guide him through any negativity (and positivity for that matter) thrown his way so he should be able to grow on an emotional level while gaining a broader understanding of the world and the people in it.
      I mean you can't view "supporting your child's dreams while also helping them if it doesn't work out" as a bad thing.

        well that's my point. what they were doing was wrong but, if they have found a way to legally do it and he's focusing now while it doesn't matter if his popularity or skills peter out in a few years it won't ultimately damage him.

    The real question is why did FaZe not stop this kid from streaming.

    That whole organisation screams of exploitation.

      They may not have known?

        They signed a legal contract with him. They knew. If they didn't their contract is more than likely illegal.

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