They were once two of the biggest streamers in the world, but Darryle ‘Hamlinz’ Hamlin and Daequan ‘Daequan’ Loco, have now been totally silent on social media for the majority of 2020.
Far from the first time that the pair have pulled a disappearing act across Twitch, YouTube and social media. Throughout 2019, both of them took extended breaks, some explained, others not.
It’s no secret that they have both had to battle with pressures outside of gaming, from family losses and health issues. Again, however, the pair have gone dark with no warning.
It’s been over three months since Hamlinz last spoke a word online, and even longer for Daequan – he hasn’t posted anywhere since March.
Where is Daequan?
The last peep out of Daequan came on March 19, when he posted a couple of tweets about the looming health crisis around the world.
Similarly, his last stream on his 3.8 million followers strong Twitch channel was also in March, and so was his last YouTube video for his 5.2 million subscribers, posted on March 19.
This has left fans scratching their heads for a number of reasons: Why has he stopped posting and when will he return?
Where is Hamlinz?
Hamlinz time off is almost identical to his TSM teammate. He too hadn’t tweeted since March 18, when he said he was taking the day off. Then, out of the blue, posted a tweet on May 23 for his birthday, and another on June 12, simply saying ‘TriHard’ – a Twitch emote.
Even fellow streamer Dennis ‘Cloak’ Lepore doesn’t know what’s happening with Hamlinz, asking “where the hell are you?” but getting no response.
WHERE THE HELL R U
— cloakzy (@cloakzy) June 12, 2020
Like Daequan, Hamlinz hasn’t streamed on Twitch to his 2.1 million followers in over six months, and hasn’t posted to his 1 million subscriber YouTube channel since February 4.
Hamlinz confirms they are living together
On August 30, 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 being diagnosed with breast cancer as one of the major struggles he had been battling with.
Daequan has similarly experienced setbacks forcing him to take time away. Serious back pain put him out action for much of 2019, as he would struggle to sit behind his desk for hours – a requirement if you’re streaming all day. In December, he explained that he was taking time off to focus on his own physical and mental health, along with that of his girlfriend Exie.
In January, he tweeted about making 2020 a good year, and that he missed his fans greatly.
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
They both did some streams and videos for the release of Call of Duty: Warzone, but since then, it’s been radio silence.
When will Hamlinz and Daequan be back?
Unfortunately, there’s no way to know for sure. Previous sabbaticals have varied in length, so although they’ve been gone for over seven months, it’s no certainty that their breaks are ending soon.
Thankfully, they’ve proven in the past that when they do make a comeback, their loyal fans will be there like always. The fact they have built such large and dedicated followings is testament to their abilities as entertainers and content creators, but for now, it looks like life is getting in the way.