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Twitch streamer Félix “xQc” Lengyel landed himself a 24-hour channel ban after accidentally showing explicit content. XQc is one of Twitch’s shining stars. He’s amassed himself a prominent following of more than 3 million Twitch followers, and over the last three years, he’s matured into one of the platform’s most beloved content creators. Though, on his rise to fame, xQc has had some bumps in his path.
After initially making a name for himself during the infancy of competitive Overwatch, he shot to popularity after joining Denial eSports in 2017. He would later become an Overwatch League Season 1 competitor, joining the first roster of Dallas Fuel. However, after a tumultuous relationship with fellow players and a series of bans, xQc returned to full-time streaming. Since then, he’s tamed his behavior, but accidents happen.
“I won’t fight it.”
According to xQc on Twitter, his channel is banned for 24 hours after showing a clip of two gorillas having sex. Apparently, the content of the video falls under “explicit content” and breaks Twitch’s muddy Terms of Service (TOS). In response, xQc says he’s slightly confused about the situation but acknowledges “animals [are] a very nebulous TOS.” He says he’s not going to fight the ban and downplays the situation.
A LITTLE CONFUSED, CONSIDERING THE NATURE OF THE VIDEO, LENGHT AND IN REALITY IF IT'S AN ACTUAL CONCERN OR IF THERE'S ACTUALLY ANY DAMAGE DONE. NO ONE THOUGHT ANYTHING OF IT, IT WAS EVEN IN A MEME FORMAT. I WON'T FIGHT IT. TOS AND ANIMALS IS A VERY NEBULOUS TOS. WHO KNOWS LOL
— xQc (@xQc) June 12, 2020
The reasoning behind Twitch bans is once again questioned in this situation. XQc’s community brings up how fellow streamer Imane “Pokimane” Anys accidentally showed pornographic material on her broadcast yet received no punishment. In Pokimane’s case, the breaking of TOS was blatantly obvious. At this point, some users chalk up the decision to an Alinity-type situation, in which favoritism triumphs proper protocol.
Fortunately, a 24-hour ban isn’t that serious. However, it is his third ban, and xQc needs to start taking a little more care in the sort of content he shows on his stream. Everyone understands that accidents happen, but there may be a day where Twitch decides enough is enough.
Minna Adel Rubio is an esports journalist with an interest in first-person-shooter games. She specializes in class-based, arena, and tactical shooters like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valorant, Overwatch, and Team Fortress 2. Additionally, Minna is a senior CS:GO guides writer at Dignitas and a graduate student. Catch her on Twitter for memes and more content!