xQc has transformed himself from an Overwatch professional into an entertaining variety streamer over the last 12 months. While he has had his fair share of controversies, his intense on-stream personality has led to many hilarious clips of him boiling over.
While the majority of his fanbase is on Twitch, exploring other opportunities is something that streamers must do. However, according to xQc, there is one platform that he may never stream on – YouTube.
During a September 2 stream, the Twitch star talked about why he doesn’t use Google’s website to share gameplay with his fans.
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“YouTube has specifically asked me - I got a letter in the mail that said do not stream on YouTube,” he said.
The former Overwatch League player didn’t really go into much detail about why he was banned from YouTube, but it may have something to do with past controversies with him regarding toxicity.
This comes at a time where many Twitch streamers are moving to rival platforms like Mixer on big exclusive contract deals. Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins made waves in the community with his multi-million dollar move to the Microsoft-owned platform, and competition is heating up for streaming websites to keep their biggest stars.
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xQc recently hit 1.5 million followers on Twitch, and averages over 20,000 viewers per stream. Having a streamer like that exclusive to a platform can draw a lot of traffic that otherwise wouldn’t come over, and they might watch other content creators on the website, too.
YouTube Gaming itself doesn’t have a massive following in terms of streamers, with a report in January 2019 showing that 22,000 streamers used the platform, compared to Twitch’s 63,700.
The market for YouTube streaming is also vastly different compared to Twitch, with mobile games being a lot more common.
While YouTube is out of the equation for a new platform for xQc, there are plenty of other platforms that he could stream on, including Mixer, Caffeine, or another one of Twitch’s rivals. Twitch might not be too happy about that though.