If you're a regular on Twitch, chances are you've heard the name xQc. This Canadian Twitch streamer, internet personality, and former professional Overwatch player has made a successful career online, but not without stirring up some controversy along the way.
Early Career and Overwatch
Born Félix Lengyel on November 12, 1995, xQc began his esports career in 2016 while also streaming regularly. He played for the Dallas Fuel in the Overwatch League's inaugural season but was released midway through due to controversy and suspensions. He also represented Team Canada in the Overwatch World Cup from 2017 to 2019.
After leaving competitive Overwatch, xQc started streaming on Twitch at the age of 19. He quickly gained popularity, playing games like League of Legends under the alias xQcLoL and creating content for various organizations. By May 2019, he became one of the most successful variety streamers on Twitch, and he was announced as the most watched streamer on the platform in both 2020 and 2021. Currently, xQc's Twitch channel has a massive 11.2 million followers.
Controversies and Bans
Despite his success, xQc has faced temporary bans on Twitch multiple times. However, he has managed to maintain his viewership. In April 2022, xQc broke his Twitch viewership record during the r/Place social experiment and later broke it again while streaming a beta build of Overwatch 2. His peak viewership reached over 312,000 during these events.
Personal Life and Drama
xQc's real name is Félix Lengyel, but like many content creators, he uses a nickname to create an online persona. He has been involved in some notable drama, including a public breakup with his ex-girlfriend named Adept in September 2022. They had been roommates for years, and although fans suspected they were more than just friends, it was officially confirmed in March 2022 when they accidentally slipped up on a livestream. The couple confirmed their breakup publicly in August 2021, reconciled briefly, and then went their separate ways again in 2022.
xQc has certainly made a name for himself on Twitch, with a huge following and a knack for stirring up controversy. Whether you love him or hate him, there's no denying his impact on the platform.
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