Former professional Overwatch League player Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel found out on stream last night that his team, the Gladiators Legion, has pulled out of Overwatch Contenders.
The player, who shot to fame on Twitch for his entertaining variety streams, is a well known face in the Overwatch scene. The Canadian briefly played for Dallas Fuel in the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, and he’s represented Canada at the Overwatch World Cup three times.
Although the 24-year-old is focusing on his streaming career, he still occasionally plays as a substitute for Los Angeles Gladiators’ Contenders team. That was until last night, where at the end of his stream, he discovered that the team had been disbanded.
“Does this mean that I lose my job?” xQc asks his stream in the clip below. “Did I just get fired?
“I wasn’t even told – I could have prepared for this, you know? Fuck man.”
It’s unclear why Gladiators Legion has decided to pull out of the Contenders next year, but the team isn’t the first to do so. Despite finding out from the announcement itself though, xQc says he doesn’t blame Gladiators Legion and that Blizzard doesn’t attempt to make tier two Overwatch exciting.
An update on our participation in Contenders for 2020. pic.twitter.com/ThSOAl7Gfq
— Gladiators Legion (@GLALegion) December 5, 2019
“I don’t want to blame them though, maybe they didn’t know themselves, you know,” he continues. “Blizzard isn’t marketing tier two in any way shape or form. They make no attempt to make things exciting.”
All the Gladiators Legion players and staff have since been made free agents, with the exception of xQc, who says he’ll make a decision about his professional Overwatch career soon.