Felix 'xQc' Lengyel has slammed fellow Twitch streamer 'InvaderVie,' after she went viral in the wake of making controversial comments about Twitch subscribers.
On April 18, a number of Twitch users shared their criticism for InvaderVie, after clips surfaced of her slamming viewers for not subscribing. “It doesn’t matter how broke you are," she said. "If you have time to watch Twitch, you have ten dollars, truly. If you don’t have ten dollars, you probably don’t have time to watch Twitch, because you should be working.”
Responses to the comments were largely negative, with many arguing the comments exhibited an entitlement, as well as an ignorance of the current global situation, which has seen many people with less disposable income.
Now, ex-Overwatch pro turned full-time Twitch streamer xQc has weighed in with his thoughts. While live on April 19, a viewer asked Lengyel what he made of the situation.
"It's f**king brain-dead," xQc responded. "I know we're not allowed to talk sh*t on other [Twitch] partners, it's a f**king zero-head, brain-dead f**king take, is what it is."
xQc echoed the sentiments of a number of community members — that accusing viewers who aren't subscribing of being greedy or poor is unfair, and that InvaderVie should focus on her own streaming.
"If you have a certain number of viewers and nobody subscribes," he finished, "maybe make a better environment then – a better stream then... better rewards – do something! It's not because people are forgetful or greedy, it's because your stream f**king sucks balls!"
Twitch subscriptions are tiered, with an average subscription costing a viewer around $5 a month. The platform's most popular streamers have thousands of concurrent subscriptions, earning them a considerable amount of money per month.
However, with the ongoing global health crisis, it is more understandable if some viewers are reining in their subscriptions to save money for more essential things.
This is a view xQc and his viewers seemed to echo, arguing that viewers don't need encouragement to give a streamer money if the content they are watching warrants a subscription.