Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel just can’t stay out of trouble. Despite multiple instances of punishment against the Overwatch player, he doesn’t seem to be learning.
xQc has received yet another in-game ban, after apparently being reported for abusive chat on multiple occasions.
The account suspension will last for 15 days, which means the ban will lift just before the start of Canada‘s Overwatch World Cup campaign.
xQc has had his Overwatch account suspended yet again, this time apparently for abusive chat
Canada’s head coach, Justin ‘Jayne’ Conroy, has said he has no intention to make any changes to the roster.
‘I’m going to assume that @xQc’s ban is temporary and account-based, and will not affect his chances of playing for @TeamCanadaOW,’ he said on Twitter. ‘At the very least, there will not be any internal changes of roster adjustments at this time.’
Blizzard has not commented on the situation yet, although in the Official Rules for the World Cup it states that all of a player’s accounts ‘must be in good standing.’ Whether xQc’s account returns to ‘good standing’ after the 15 day period is up remains to be seen.
xQc’s account has been banned before of course, on more than one occasion.
In January he was suspended for the entire first stage of the Overwatch League after making homophobic comments directed towards Houston Outlaws player Austin ‘Muma’ Wilmot.
In March, he was suspended again after using a Twitch emote in a racially disparaging manner towards Overwatch League host Malik Forte. He was banned for four matches by the League, and was subsequently released from the Dallas Fuel.
After his most recent ban, xQc took to Twitter to try and apologise for his actions. Which is something we’ve heard before.
‘It is never my intention to harass or use in-game chat in an abusive manner. Banter is fun and 100% of the time I type something to someone I know they are playing along and won’t be hurt. If I ever typed something and you were genuinely hurt, I am sorry. I will be better.’
Despite multiple bans it appears he will still be playing for Canada at the Overwatch World Cup
Back in January, in an attempt to combat toxic behaviour, Blizzard said that it would be looking at social media sites such as YouTube, and presumably Twitch as well, where xQc regularly streams.
Of course, with a large following on Twitch, if xQc types something, even as a joke, it is seen by a lot of people other than the intended recipient. Some of the language and slurs he uses are unacceptable in a public setting.
xQc continues to break the rules and gets punished for it, the most severe of which was a rightful removal from his professional team. Yet he is also allowed to keep coming back, both to play Overwatch and earn money from it on Twitch, and to compete at the World Cup. At some point, will Blizzard draw the line?
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