Twitch streamer Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel is one of the most popular broadcasters on the platform and, it would seem, one of the most honest too.
While streaming Overwatch early in the morning on September 2, the French Canadian received a message from a viewer telling him that his streams have helped him have a better mindset during stressful times and that his chat gives him lots of love.
Rather than openly taking the compliment like others probably would have, the former Overwatch League pro took this time, while queuing up for a game, to address any donor who asks for help with mental health.
“Chat, I’ll tell you how it is, okay?” Lengyel said, speaking over the last of the donor’s message. “Some generic advice… I would love to give you advice, give you some juice, some power, dude. Give you some motivational shit that might have worked for me, dude.”
Right away it seemed like this wasn’t going to be any typical xQc rant.
“When you say shit like ‘I’m hyper depressed and it’s all dark, dude. Tell me what do do’,” the Winston main said, imitating his chat. “I wish I could help. The problem is, I can be way more damaging than I can be helpful.”
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At this moment, xQc started to slow down when he spoke – something the streamer rarely ever does unless he wants to make a point extremely clear.
“With my skill set, I can’t do shit. So, whenever you feel down, you should in most cases, seek professional help and talk to people who are literally paid real life currency for what they do and have dedicated their entire lives and most of their days to help people like you,” he continued.
“Not people who have dropped out of school, who have no degrees, no aspirations for anything that isn’t to play with computer screens and fucking pixels on a fucking monitor and deadass retard games.”
Finally, xQc ended his monologue with one final underlying statement: “I cannot help you, dude.”
While some may seem the streamer’s comments as being somewhat mean spirited, he’s not necessarily in the wrong. Everyone deals with depression their own way and while Twitch can be a good way to escape real life, most broadcasters are not certified professionals.
As it turns out, some of the best advice xQc has ever given was to give none at all.