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xQc explains why social media influencers "don't help anyone"

by Connor Bennett

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Top Twitch streamer Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel claims that social media influencers are not helping anybody and he’s glad that they haven’t reached into streaming just yet.

The former Overwatch League professional has never been one to hold back on his opinions - weighing in on a whole host of subjects during his time on Twitch

He's taken on anything from raging about captcha log-ins and the modern internet, to why Android is better than iPhone, but he’s now directed his focus on the growing culture of social media influencers.

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The former Overwatch player has racked up a loyal following on Twitch.

During his July 13 stream, the former Overwatch player had been reacting to a video centered around social media influencers and their opinions on their job. The streamer quickly took issue with their comments, especially when two participants opened up on ‘inspiring’ people and ultimately helping them. 

“Theres a billion reasons to go into streaming dude, and to go into fucking YouTube or whatever, but if you say ‘Oh dude, I went to help people,’ fuck off,” started xQc. “Posting your fucking toes on a beach on Instagram doesn’t help anyone dude, shut up.” 

It didn’t take long for some members of his chat to state that he himself is an influencer because of his standing on Twitch. While xQc didn’t address those comments directly, he took a larger look at the livestreaming platform itself.

The Candian continued: “Twitch is a higher tier of influencing, but nobody that streams really flexes the influencing potential.” He further explained that the livestreaming platform gives broadcasters the chance to become influencers quickly, but you would be hard pressed to find someone who solely dedicates themselves to plugging merchandise or sponsorships over streaming. 

Of course, it’s not out of the ordinary to find streamers taking on short sponsored streams for certain new releases or computer peripherals. 

It’s a topic that Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek touched on back in March, explaining that it was something fans were probably going to have to get used to.

Yet, considering his comments, it’s probably unlikely that xQc spins his streaming success into full-blown influencer career any time soon.