Escape from Tarkov

xQc explains why playing Escape from Tarkov is like gambling at a casino

by David Purcell
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Félix 'xQc' Lengyel has long been a supporter of loot boxes in video games like CSGO and Overwatch, despite claims that young players wagering cash is wrong, but he has compared Escape from Tarkov to a casino. 

The popular Twitch personality, who has almost two million followers on his channel, had been playing Battlestate Games' beta version on and off throughout the course of 2019 and decided to come back to it in the new year.

During a broadcast on January 2, the streamer took a moment to highlight the way he is feeling about the game so far – as it's still in development and this is just a beta version – and it's fair to say that he had an interesting verdict to share.

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xQc has been playing Escape from Tarkov, on and off, for a few months now.

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The former Overwatch professional player compared winning and losing on the game to gambling, drawing comparisons between the experience in-game to that of a casino after getting ready to start a match.

This comment completely took his chat by surprise, with many bursting into laughter or spamming the chat with their reactions.

He said: "Chat, I feel like an actual gambler. This game is literally gambling. I feel the same way when I went to the casino once. I feel the same playing this game, all the time. I get the exact same feeling."

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Every time you start up a raid in Escape from Tarkov, the player is allowed to select the equipment they want to take with them. However, an unsuccessful performance will lead to you losing the exact things you brought to the battle.

As seen in the past, xQc has had some great difficulty finding and picking up better weapons – as well as items – in the first-person shooter game. Losing them all just because of a few deaths would be devastating, so much so that he's compared it to gambling with high stakes.