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xQc reveals three key moments behind his Twitch success

Published: 6/Sep/2020 20:05

by Bill Cooney

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Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel is easily one of the most recognizable faces on Twitch today, but it hasn’t always been that way. Like everyone else, the star streamer had to start somewhere and there were a few big streamers who helped him on his way.

If there’s one game xQc is known for it obviously has to be Overwatch, but he actually started out streaming League of Legends matches on Twitch before the game that would propel him to stardom released.

When Blizzard’s hot new team-based FPS dropped in May 2016, Felix immediately fell in love with it, and the rest is pretty much history as we know it.

During a recent stream though, the former OWL pro opened up about some of his first big breaks in the early days of Overwatch that helped build the foundation for the massive community of over 3 million followers on Twitch he has today.

xQc’s first big host on Twitch came from none other than fellow former OWL pro Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won, when the Overwatch hype was just taking off.

“One of the first hosts I got was 125 viewers by Sinatraa back in the day,” Felix revealed, long before the two would both be playing professionally in the OWL (though, not at exactly the same time).

The next major moment in his journey to success came when the platform’s arguably biggest superstar, TimTheTatman, hosted him with a nice chunk of viewers: “I’m fortunate and grateful for playing with Tim, a long time ago we woke up at 6 AM in the morning, played a bunch of games, we rolled hardcore and won 14 games in a row. He hosted me for 1400 viewers, and I got about ten hundred of those.”

Instagram: @xqcow1
xQc is one of the most popular streamers on Twitch, but everyone has to start somewhere.

The last big moment that Felix brought up was the first day he became a Twitch partner and received his own subscriber button, and even though it happened years ago, he still remembers the exact amount of subscriptions he got on the first day.

“I’m also fortunate when I got a sub button, I got 13 subs in the first day,” xQc said with a smile. We do have to wonder though, how many of those original 13 subs are still hanging around causing chaos in chat.

xQc and his community have certainly come a long way since those early days, and today the Canadian streamer regularly pulls in over 10,000 viewers every time he hops on Twitch, which is why he’s considered one of the platform’s biggest stars.

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Mr Beast struggles through ridiculous 24-hour ice house challenge

Published: 30/Oct/2020 5:33 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 5:47

by Brad Norton

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Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson is no stranger to over the top challenges but his latest video was one of the most difficult he’s ever filmed, as he struggled to endure 24 hours in a house made completely of ice.

While Mr Beast loves to giveaway crazy prizes to competitors, friends, and even just strangers on the street, he also loves a good challenge. From 24 hours in a prison to surviving on a deserted island, the popular YouTuber has done just about everything.

Looking to push the boundaries even further, his latest task was to endure the freezing cold for a full day. It wasn’t just a cold room with the air conditioning cranked, it was an entire house made of ice. Brick by brick the structure fully was completely encased in ice to keep Mr Beast as cold as possible.

Everything from the chairs to the toilet was also frozen solid. Mere hours into the attempt it had quickly become “one of the harder challenges [he’s] ever done.”

Mr Beast Ice house challenge
YouTube: Mr Beast
A few hours into the challenge and Mr Beast had to start getting regular checks to ensure he wasn’t in proper danger.

So what was the motive to remain in the ice house? If Mr Beast survived all 24 hours, his closest friends would have to cover themselves “in syrup and feathers” in public. On the other hand, if he left early, the same punishment would be applied.

After a few hours of pacing back and forth to keep his body active, he bargained for a pair of gloves. A nearby crew member handed them over and agreed to a $10,000 deal to be Mr Beast’s “spy” throughout the challenge.

This was certainly one of the more unique challenges on the channel as the gimmick never let up. Mr Beast was even forced to eat a stack of pancakes with a fork made entirely of ice. At the 12 hour mark, he conceded that “it was brutal.”

“Literally the coldest I’ve ever been in my entire life,” he said after the fact. “I was miserable.” Despite the odds being stacked against him and his friends trying to make the challenge even harder, he pushed through to the very end.

Days after revealing his most expensive video ever, it turns out this rather simple challenge was quite costly as well. 

“This video cost me around $300,000 to make. For the price that it cost me to build an ice house, I could have bought a real house.”