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Overwatch • May 28, 2018

xQc Visited by Police Again While Streaming Due to Noise Complaint

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xQc Visited by Police Again While Streaming Due to Noise Complaint
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Overwatch streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel found himself faced with police again during a recent stream.

The appearance of armed police on xQc’s stream might have appeared to be a “swatting” incident, but was in fact just the result of a noise complaint from his neighbours.

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“Swatting” is the act of calling the police and claiming that a highly dangerous situation is unfolding at a particular location. This results in a SWAT team responding accordingly, arriving at the location in question armed and expecting to deal with such a scenario.

While the supposed danger might originally be invented, swatting itself can create highly dangerous scenarios – once armed police are in the mindset of potentially having to use extreme force to handle the situation, it only takes a small misunderstanding for things to turn deadly.

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This danger was tragically demonstrated in December of 2017, when a swatting incident resulted in the death of an innocent man. Several of the people involved are now facing charges.

In this case, however, it appears the appearance of the police was instead due to a noise complaint. A couple of the officers were caught on xQc’s stream, which was still live.

This isn’t the first time police have showed up during xQc’s stream, with a similar incident occurring on May 16th. Fortunately for xQc, the two incidents of police arriving at his apartment both resulted from noise complaints, rather than something more sinister.