Twitch has now taken action against Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel for stream sniping a team composed of Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek, Benjamin ‘DrLupo’ Lupo, and Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp at a recent Twitch Rivals tournament that was part of GlitchCon. The incident occurred during the tiebreaker round of a Fall Guys match on November 14, a clip of which can be viewed on Shroud’s channel.
xQc, a former professional Overwatch player turned streamer, has been given a six-month ban from future Twitch Rivals events, forced to forfeit his GlitchCon winnings, and been suspended from Twitch for seven days.
Twitch Rivals ultimately ruled that his actions “violated the Official Tournament Code of Conduct and Game Play Rules found in Section 7 of the Official Tournament Rules”, which states that “cheating of any sort through any means” is a violation of the rules.
xQc was quick to respond to the ruling, saying that what he did “had no impact on the outcome”, but admitting that “it was wrong”. He maintains that he wasn’t trying to “cheat out of malice”, he was “just trying to entertain”. He ends his response by asking Twitch to donate his winnings to charity, which he will then match.
At GlitchCon our player conduct rules were violated. We require all participants to abide by the same rules in order to play in a tournament. As a result, xQc has been issued a temporary Twitch account suspension, a temporary Twitch Rivals ban & forfeited associated prize money. pic.twitter.com/SA8umOdS9E
— Twitch Rivals (@TwitchRivals) November 18, 2020
xQc remains among the biggest – and arguably most controversial – creators on the platform, having topped Twitch’s viewership charts several times this year and smashed the one million subscriber milestone in September.