Riot Game’s new team-based FPS Valorant has already experienced an incredible amount of hype, but former Overwatch pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel said he doesn’t understand why it’s caused so many players from other games to burn bridges with their personal favorite titles.
Valorant has been on the radar since it was first revealed back in 2019, and on the eve of the closed beta launch on April 6, Twitter was flooded with streamers and content creators proudly declaring they were leaving their old games behind.
xQc, who has unofficially quit Overwatch more times than we can count, said he didn’t understand all the players and content creators who were putting out statements ripping on their old games with Valorant’s release in sight.
hold my hand im scared… (open image for even more) pic.twitter.com/39QwVSinkd
— Eskay (@EskayOW) April 6, 2020
To be fair, while xQc has said he’s “done” with Overwatch plenty of times, he’s never put out a lengthy statement completely cutting all ties with the game.
However, plenty of people are doing just that, considering all of the hype and excitement surrounding Valorant. The Tier 2 North American Overwatch scene, for example, was practically emptied of talent overnight ahead of Valorant’s beta launch.
The former Dallas Fuel and Team Canada tank said he didn’t understand all of the players who put out long TwitLongers or posts about why they were cutting ties with their old games.
“I’m not kidding, I really don’t know why that people feel that they need to run a statement about them quitting a game,” Felix explained in a live stream. “I don’t know like, ‘Oh, guys I am an Overwatch creator. Guys, I’m quitting Overwatch forever, f**k you guys.’ It’s so like, weird dude.”
It might not be the smartest move either, he argued, since players who make such statements tend to go back to playing the game they supposedly left behind, looking like “cowards.”
“You look like a coward,” xQc claimed. “It achieves nothing, it achieves absolutely nothing. When did I ever do that? I never did this, I’m not a hypocrite.”
xQc was playing Valorant along with everyone else who was lucky enough to receive beta access on April 7, and so far, he appears to be getting the hang of things.
He was even able to take a bit of Overwatch tech and apply it to Valorant using Raze’s Blast Packs, as you can see in the clip above, which undoubtedly has some serious Junkrat energy.
While a new game like Valorant is exciting and could present multiple opportunities for people, burning bridges behind you might not be the best way to announce you’re planning on giving it a shot.