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xQc threatened with copyright strike during IRL stream

by Matt Porter

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Popular Twitch broadcaster Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel got threatened with a copyright strike while livestreaming himself and a group of friends in a Dave & Busters.

The Canadian is one of the most popular streamers on the platform, thanks to his incredible reactions while playing games like Overwatch, in which he is a former professional player.

Occasionally the 23-year-old will break out IRL streams, and on Sunday, September 22, xQc headed out to a Dave & Busters arcade with some fellow streamers, but got threatened by the location’s manager during the broadcast.

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A Dave & Busters employee was upset when he briefly appeared in xQc's stream.

After playing arcade games with his crew, including other popular Twitch stars like pokelawls and Mizkif, the group headed into the location’s store, eager to spend the 15,000 tickets they had earned on some cool prizes to take home with them.

As they tried out a yo-yo, pokelawls, xQc, and the gang were approached by a manager of the facility, who made it clear he didn’t want to be filmed and even threatened to make a copyright claim against them.

“Are you guys recording?’ asked the employee, with the group confirming that they were. “Do you ask people’s permission? Because if you see my face anywhere on the screen, blur my face. Straight up, I will copyright strike.”

The group didn’t seem particularly worried about the prospect, with xQc joking about fellow streamer Alinity Divine, who was involved in a public spat with Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg after claiming a video in which he criticized her.

“I heard about someone who did that,” the former Overwatch pro stated. “Her name was Alinity, and it was really bad.”

They did go on to apologize to the manager, even though it's unlikely he would have been able to successfully claim the stream, confirming that they wouldn’t show him on camera again, with the group able to exchange their tickets for an acoustic guitar, some candy, and the yo-yo.