Popular streamers and Team SoloMid members Darryle 'Hamlinz' Hamlin and Daequan 'Daequan' Loco have thousands of loyal fans across the globe, but both men have gone silent on Twitch and social media since the start of the new year.
Both Hamlinz and Daequan became massive names on Twitch thanks to their prowess on popular battle royale title Fortnite. They competed under the TSM banner as they looked to cement their place at the top of the game's competitive mountain while growing a massive fanbase through their streams.
The duo eventually moved away from the esports worlds, becoming full-time content creators for the legendary organization, but once again the pair have disappeared from social media, leaving fans in the dark regarding the reasons for the absence, and when they may return to streaming.
Where are TSM Daequan and Hamlinz?
Fans of the pair have been starved of content from the pair, with TSM Hamlinz last streaming back on December 25, when he played Fortnite. Ending his stream, the 24-year-old thanked his viewers for their support, telling them he would see them the next stream.
After telling his Twitter followers that he was "having a pretty bad Christmas Eve," the streamer continued to tweet sporadically until December 31, but has been silent on the social media platform since.
Honestly i’m having a pretty bad Christmas Eve, dealing with some stuff and I’m really sad right now. If I stream tonight it will be later if I feel better, hope you guys understand.. send some love please ??
— Hamlinz ? (@TSM_Hamlinz) December 25, 2019
This isn't the first time that Hamlinz has taken a break, originally disappearing in early 2019 when he suffered health issues involving a cyst, and then going dark again from August until October. He explained how the passing of his grandfather, and the news that his grandmother had been diagnosed with breast cancer, forced him to take time away to "rekindle and get [his] thoughts together."
Daequan has taken a number of sabbaticals from streaming and content creation as he suffered from issues involving back pain that made it difficult for him to sit behind a desk and entertain for hours on end. In a statement released on December 6, 2019, the 25-year-old admitted that he had been through "so much b.s." in the year, and had taken time off to focus on his own physical and mental health, along with the wellbeing of girlfriend and editor Exie.
The streamer had said that he would be getting back into the swing of things as the year ended, and intended to be fully back by January 2020.
The American streamed on December 26, but hasn't gone live on the platform since, and last tweeted on January 2 when he posted a message saying: "Don't let your comfort zone hold you back anymore. It's a box that you put yourself in that prevents your own growth."
In 2020 don't let your comfort zone hold you back anymore. It's a box that you put yourself in that prevents your own growth.
— Daequan (@TSM_Daequan) January 2, 2020
When will Hamlinz and Daequan return?
At the moment, there has been no word from either man about a possible return, and with their social media accounts seemingly not being used, it's uncertain when we'll receive an update.
TSM have also refrained from explaining their absences, or providing a likely date for their reappearance. For now, we'll all have to keep an eye on their Twitter and Twitch accounts, and wait for word directly from the men themselves. There's even a chance that the break means that something big is coming soon.
With hoards of loyal fans, the likable streamers are sorely missed whenever they take a break. However, the grind of daily streaming can often become difficult for content creators to keep up with and a number of the biggest names in the space have talked openly about how important it is to take a break and reset when needed.