xQc shares surprising thoughts on the state of top female players in esports - Dexerto
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xQc shares surprising thoughts on the state of top female players in esports

Published: 10/Jan/2019 23:09 Updated: 11/Jan/2019 1:45

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular Twitch streamer and Overwatch pro Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel spoke out on the conversation about women in esports, which stemmed from the Overwatch Contenders’ ‘Ellie’ scandal from early January.

xQc went live in a broadcast on January 10, where he reacted to YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg’s video on the topic.

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xQc argued that Overwatch’s sparse amount of top female players stems from problems within the gaming community, itself, calling the scene “garbage” and “trash.”

“The problem is not that there’s not enough girls,” xQc asserted. “The problem is that the girls are being bottlenecked by the trash community and the garbage culture around gamers… that stops them from going further.”

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However, xQc likewise held that “overly-including” women into the space could introduce another set of problems entirely, claiming that it would lead to “the exact opposite” of what teams hope to achieve by introducing an influx of female gamers into the competitive scene.

“If you use the argument, ‘There’s not enough girls,’ and overly-include them, it does the exact opposite of the goal you tried to reach in the first place,” he continued. “But they’re too fucking stupid to know that.”

xQc’s comments stem from the recent scandal around a rising-star Overwatch Contenders account by the name of ‘Ellie,’ which turned out to be run by male pro player ‘Punisher’ as a “social experiment.”

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Punisher reportedly asked “many women” to speak over the microphone while he played to keep up the facade, which was later exposed by an Overwatch League representative on January 6.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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