Félix “xQc” Lengyel isn’t just a popular Twitch streamer. He is one of the most popular streamers of all time. He was the most-watched streamer on the platform in 2020 and 2021 and currently ranks fifth in subscribers with 10.6 million. As such, he has a lot of influence, especially with a younger audience.
This is what makes xQc’s return to online game streaming awkward for many of its fans.
xQc has made a name for himself as a video game streamer, primarily playing Overwatch. He is one of the best in the world in the game, even playing professionally as a member of the Overwatch League’s Dallas Fuel. These days, it has branched out into the “Just Chatting” category in addition to games.
He also used to stream slots online, but quit in June 2021 due to a lack of self-control, saying he was “mildly, if not moderately” addicted. Lengyel also apologized for tricking people into signing up to online casinos through his affiliate referrals.
But earlier this week, xQc started streaming online gambling again. And not only is he not apologizing for it, he’s outright rescinded his apology from last year. On Discord, he wrote, “I apologized because people made me think there was a problem. I was wrong. There is no problem. Sorry to apologize.”
Basically, his position is that he likes to gamble, so he’ll do it and for the stakes he likes, no matter what other people think.
“I’m not here to be a model,” xQc said. “I’m here to have fun, so I’ll do it until it gets boring. Turn off the computer and go talk to your parents and peers if you want a model for your moral compass.
On Twitch, xQc lashed out at viewers who he said criticized him for streaming online gambling while encouraging others.
“Everyone was a bunch of bitches,” xQc added. “But when other streamers [decided to resume sponsored gambling streams], everyone turned around and said, ‘Oh man, if I had that much money, I would do it too! I respect this guy! ‘”
Interestingly, xQc’s return to streaming gaming (and to be clear, he doesn’t do it all the time) comes only about two weeks after he admitted to losing nearly $2 million from gaming last month. On a podcast stream, another top streamer, Imane “Pokimane” Anys, asked xQc if he’d like to play so much if he couldn’t stream it. He said yes, admitting, “Yeah, I’m addicted. I lost $2 million…$1.85 million this month,” which shocked Pokimane.
Pokimane has recently embraced something of an anti-gambling cause, particularly when it comes to streamers airing their own high-stakes bets. In April, one of his viewers said in the chat that he lost $60,000 gambling online after being inspired by the exploits of high-stakes gaming streamer Trainwreck. Seeing the admission, Pokimane stopped his ongoing discussion to express his concern and urge the viewer to seek advice.
Trainwreck recently won the biggest non-jackpot cash in online slots history, taking home $22.5 million.