According to a report from the Demiroren News Agency (DHA), published on Tuesday, Turkish police arrested 40 individuals who were allegedly engaged in laundering money using Twitch's bit currency. Suspects were arrested in 11 different provinces across the nation. According to the DHA, some of the suspects were minors.
The initial allegations of laundering were revealed in late 2021 by streamer Jahrein, implicating as many as 300 Twitch accounts who were allegedly taking bit donations from stolen credit cards and then taking a cut from the gang members who they were working with. According to the CHP Istanbul Deputy, the alleged criminal network operated internationally, with victims in the US, Germany and other countries.
Turkish VALORANT world champion CNed came under fire last year for being one of the streamers who received donations from a scammer account, though he and Acend denied working with scammers. Acend claimed cNed received a single donation from an anonymous donor who was later identified with the scam, but that was his only interaction with the scheme.
The Turkish investigation into this issue is ongoing, we will continue to follow this story as new information comes to light.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.