Following a major shakeup, Félix "xQc" Lengyel won't be returning to Twitch until he is sure that his streams are "good" again.
There's a quote that goes "we are each our own worst critic," yet this doesn't quite apply to xQc's situation. The streamer certainly courts controversy from time to time on Twitch, such as the instance when he was banned from the streaming service for stream-sniping the competition in Fall Guys. He expressed regret for his decision to spoil the event as he thought it would be "funny" but misconstrued how the outcome could have been considered. It's possibly thanks to this high-profile ban that xQc has become conscious of other occurrences that might be bending the Terms of Service on Twitch. He was one of the numerous men that took issue with the hot tub meta, where mostly female streamers chatted and played games with their audience while sitting in a pool in their swimsuits.
"Please get this trash off the front page," said the streamer, and it led to him locking horns with Kaitlyn "Amouranth" Siragusa who accused him of shining the spotlight on hot tub streamers to avoid attention on his gambling content creation. Imane "Pokimane" Anys, the streamer who has only recently passed eight million followers on the platform, has also criticised xQc for these sorts of streams as he is "already a multimillionaire" and the risk is diminished as a result. "It would be a good idea for people to sit down at that point and [ask themselves] what is ethically or maybe morally just not worth it," she said while live.
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However, there has been an upheaval in xQc's life, and one that has been borne of the darker side of his huge success on Twitch. In June, he and his partner Sam (who streams under the username "Adeptthebest") moved in with fellow streamer Chance "Sodapoppin" Morris. They originally claimed it was due to the fact that their own place was undergoing renovations, but it transpired that viewers had found xQc's address and were swatting the couple. Swatting is when someone rings the police pretending that there is an active shooter or hostage at the address supplied, and the police then send an emergency service response team to contain the fictionalised crisis.
EVERYTHING IS IN DISARAY, I CAN GO LIVE BUT I DON'T WANT TO STREAM UNTIL I CAN MAKE "GOOD" STREAMS AGAIN. GONNA NEED A LITTLE MORE TIME. UNPREDICTABLES KEEP STACKING UP. SORRY
- xQc (@xQc) July 13, 2021
Swatting has led to tragic deaths, so it is understandable that xQc and Sam wanted to move away from that address as soon as they were able. Now, we know that the two have moved out of Sodapoppin's house and are presumably in the process of settling into somewhere new. However, fans will need patience when it comes to xQc's eventual return to Twitch. "Everything is in disaray [sic]," he said on Twitter. "I can go live, but I don't want to stream until I can make 'good' streams again. [I'm going to] need a little more time. Unpredictables keep stacking up. Sorry." Fortunately, his community have been sympathetic to the situation that he has found himself in and will be waiting for the streamer whenever he's ready.
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