Felix “xQc” Lengyel, a famous Overwatch pro player and currently one of Twitch’s most-watched streamers – has been banned from the streaming site due to violations committed during the Twitch Rivals event, an in-house sponsored tournament series.
Lengyel was playing Fall Guys’ summer smash tournament while streaming on Twitch when he got caught stream sniping an enemy’s live broadcast which made him go home at an early stage. Stream Sniping is the act of interfering with an enemy’s live-action and deliberately grieving when players are about to queue in the game together at the start of the match.
Lengyel even attempted to forfeit the winner’s prize money, and so to make things correct, Twitch gave him the ban hammer which will prevent him to join the Twitch Rivals for the next six months. In the streamer’s latest tweet, he publicly apologized to his fans and supporters to address his wrongdoing and even made an appeal to his fan base.
Stop defending my everywhere for no reason. We got into the final game with @DrLupo and @shroud 's team. We shouldn't of done it and it was wrong. I'm sorry for my actions. I thought it would be funny. It did not change the outcome but it was still malicious. Sorry.
— xQc (@xQc) November 15, 2020
The suspension is not the first for Lengyel as this is already his third time receiving a temporary suspension. The first time he was suspended was in January for streaming an explicit version of Connect Four, which displayed a female opponent taking her clothes off.
The second time he received a suspension from Twitch was when he streamed two gorillas in an apparently intimate position, which he referred to as an accident. The interesting part here is that Lengyel has already been the subject of controversies even before being an Overwatch pro player.
All of these matters because Lengyel has been consistently one of the most famous streamers on Twitch. With a following of more than four million, his daily stream attracts a massive viewer count between 40,000 to 60,000, making him more essential for the streaming platform.
On further review of GlitchCon, we have found that, in addition to xQcOW, players Nightblue3, Mendo, GrandPooBear, & Tfue violated our conduct rules. Their actions will result in a disciplinary action from Twitch Rivals & for all but Tfue, a temporary suspension from Twitch. pic.twitter.com/b2gaqxHpcI
— Twitch Rivals (@TwitchRivals) November 19, 2020
Twitch is receiving a lot of negative feedback before for not taking necessary action against its biggest streamers and channels, but the recent suspension of Lengyel is something of a big deal of a surprise. To date, he is the biggest streamer to get the ban hammer from Twitch.
Recently, a guy with the user name “Dr.Disrespect” was permanently banned, leaving a huge impact on the security of the platform as well as its online streamers. This issue and Twitch’s response will certainly give a huge warning to all Twitch streamers on how to maintain respect and follow its rules and regulations.