Popular live streamer and former professional Overwatch player Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has said that he is “kind of done” with the game after having his account suspended again.
Previously given a 15 day ban from Overwatch in August 2018, shortly before he played for Canada at the Overwatch World Cup, xQc has once again had his account suspended this time for 24 days.
Last time, it was for a report of abusive chat, which xQc played down as “banter” – on this occasion the reason for his ban is unclear, but it is rumored to be similar to his ban for toxicity previously.
After discovering he had been suspended, xQc says that he didn’t even receive a warning, which is what usually happens when you are banned for toxic behavior.
“Normally they give you a warning, if you talk shit too much and it says like ‘you’ve been reported a lot for talking shit’ and then you get banned. I didn’t get warned, but let’s be real, we’ve been pretty toxic about the game.”
After letting the news sink in, xQc weighed up whether he would come back and continue to play Overwatch as his main game after his suspension is up.
“I don’t think I want to be a part of it anymore and give it all my energy and all my passion for it.” He says, closing “I think I’m kind of done with it. I think I’m kind of done.”
As for what he will play and stream instead, xQc says he will likely move into variety streaming full time, where he streams any type of game, especially new releases.
Many other former professional players in a particular game have taken the same route, and many of the most popular streamers on Twitch are variety streamers, including big names such as ‘LIRIK’ and ‘shroud’.
Despite his roots and background in Overwatch, much of xQc’s fan base watches the streamer for his own personality, rather than the game specifically he is playing, so his popularity isn’t likely to diminish even he moves on from Overwatch permanently.
It is another example of disciplinary action taken against xQc by Blizzard, after his multiple in-game bans and his suspension from the Overwatch League, which ultimately led to him being release by the Dallas Fuel.