They were once two of the biggest streamers in the world, but Darryle ‘Hamlinz’ Hamlin and Daequan ‘Daequan’ Loco have now been mostly absent from social media and content creation since 2019.
The continued break is far from the first time the pair have pulled a disappearing act across Twitch, YouTube and social media. Throughout 2019, both content creators took extended breaks – some explained, others not.
It’s no secret that both of the TSM streamers faced struggles outside of gaming, from family losses to their own health issues. However, in 2020 the pair once again went dark with no warning.
It’s once again been several months since Hamlinz and Daequan posted any updates, with their last two tweets appearing in the fall of 2020. This was the first update Hamlinz had provided since June, and it had been even longer for Daequan’s fans, whose last tweet was from March.
Where is Daequan?
The last peep out of Daequan came on November 26, 2020, when he posted a picture of himself and his cat. “Feeling better than I have in years. Always thankful,” he shared with his fans.
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Similarly, his last stream on his 3.8 million followers strong Twitch channel was in March of 2020, and so was his last YouTube video for his 5.2 million subscribers. The content creator’s platforms have remained silent since then.
Feeling better than I have in years. Always thankful 🖤 pic.twitter.com/Bm4EyAZts4
— Daequan (@TSM_Daequan) November 26, 2020
Despite outpourings of support from fans and other creators in the replies to his last tweet, Daequan did not respond to any of the comments. This has left fans scratching their heads for a number of reasons: Why did he stop posting and when will he return?
Where is Hamlinz?
Hamlinz time off is almost identical to his TSM teammate, and he only tweeted a handful of times in the spring and summer of 2020. His last tweet was sent on October 25, 2020, and simply read “Feeling like myself again” with his signature pig emoji included.
Similar to Daequan’s last tweet, fans and content creators responded in droves but Hamlinz also remained silent in the replies. This has left fans wondering when the second half of the dynamic TSM duo might make his own return.
Feeling like myself again 🐷🖤
— Hamlinz 🐷 (@TSM_Hamlinz) October 25, 2020
Like Daequan, Hamlinz hasn’t streamed on Twitch to his 2.1 million followers in months, and hasn’t posted to his 1 million subscriber YouTube channel since February 4, 2020.
Hamlinz confirms they are living together
On August 30, 2020, Hamlinz made a surprise appearance in his community Discord, simply to confirm that he and Daequan were in fact living together.
Hamlinz and Daequan’s history of long breaks
When Hamlinz suffered from a cyst in early 2019, it marked his first long-term departure from streaming. Then, after a short return, he went dark again from August to October. He cited his grandmother’s breast cancer diagnosis as one of the major struggles he had been battling.
Daequan has experienced similar setbacks forcing him to take time off. Serious back pain put him out action for much of 2019, as he would struggle to sit behind his desk for hours – a requirement of streaming all day. In December 2019, he explained that he was taking time off to focus on his physical and mental health, along with that of his girlfriend Exie.
In January 2020, he tweeted about making the new year a good one, and that he missed his fans greatly. “I got a lot to say and show y’all,” he told his supporters.
I miss y'all so much. Happy to say I've changed a lot of things in my life for the better and got thru a lot of the things that were affecting me and dragging me down. It feels great but streaming sometime soon is gonna be even greater. I got a lot to say and show y'all 💜
— Daequan (@TSM_Daequan) January 26, 2020
During 2020, both Hamlinz and Daequan did some streams and videos for the release of Call of Duty: Warzone, but since then, it’s been virtual radio silence.
When will Hamlinz and Daequan be back?
Unfortunately, there’s no way to know for sure. Previous sabbaticals have varied in length, and they’ve been gone for much of the the last two years, so it’s no certainty that their breaks are ending anytime soon.
Thankfully, they’ve proven in the past that when they do make a comeback, their loyal fans will always be there to support them. The fact that they’ve built such large and dedicated followings is testament to their abilities as entertainers and content creators, but for now, it looks like life is still getting in the way of their eventual return.