“Honestly, nobody asked me to do this. Not Blizzard. Not Dallas Fuel. Not my owner, not my teammates… This is something that comes from me. If I get in trouble doing it, so be it.”
That’s the opening to Félix “xQc” Lengyel’s unscripted apology, uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 19. With over 130,000 views, the Dallas Fuel tank main has been causing a lot of controversy within the Overwatch League for the past few months. And the first season hasn’t even begun.
The drama began after xQc was suspended from Overwatch for seven days (again) after London Spitfire’s Rascal reported his account for allegedly throwing competitive matches. xQc fans were quick to come to his aid, claiming there was no proof of him purposely throwing any games, and even harassing Rascal on his Twitch and Discord channels.
“I feel bad for whatever Rascal had to deal with afterwards,” xQc stated, “like my followers who went and said bad things to him in support of me, which is not okay.”
Overwatch League fans also started speculating xQc’s mental state. Some YouTube channels even began titling captured clips of xQc’s throwing as him “having a mental breakdown.” People have speculated that xQc is unhappy with the League, and may be breaking apart under the immense pressure of his new fame.
All of the rumors and drama caused xQc to finally speak out.
“A lot of people think I’m depressed,” he said in the “straight from the heart” apology video. “A lot of people think I need help. After long days, strained from rank and the pressure, I tend to just let go. And that’s not good. I should have turned off the computer and done something else. And I didn’t. You don’t have to take my apology, or think my actions are okay. I’m read to accept the consequences. I’m not going to debate anything. It’s done.”
There is no word from Dallas Fuel or the League yet on what consequences xQc will face, if any, for his actions. But xQc is positive harsh consequences are coming. And he believes whatever happens, he deserves.
Whether fans want to admit it or not, xQc has confessed to the purposeful throwing himself. And while some of his loyal followers feel other players were purposely taunting him because of his status, xQc is taking full responsibility: “I had a really bad stream after a long day of scrims. I threw two rounds of comp on Bastion. Someone on my game was trying to trigger me on purpose. I did not react like I should have. I did not react properly.”
Here’s a clip of him feeding the enemy team:
This isn’t xQc’s first suspension during the League’s preseason.
He was suspended back in November for misuse of Blizzard’s reporting system. Using multiple profanities and name calling, xQc had repeatedly reported teammates that wouldn’t switch off of Symmetra. He apologized for the reporting and the “mean words,” and explained how he took competitive very seriously and sometimes gets upset when other players aren’t on the same page.
“I’ll always be myself. That’s the way I react to stuff,” said xQc in the most recent apology, admitting that in the past he’s gone onto other player’s Discord channels (including popular streamers like Moon Moon) to talk shit after a game. “It’s not because I’m a bad person or want attention, it’s just that sometimes I see things escalate in my head and I don’t stop. I just keep going. And I know I can’t keep letting that happen.”
He also blamed his ego for not apologizing immediately after throwing games.
Many of xQc’s fans and followers found the apology to be surprising, but genuine, and rallied around the Dallas Fuel player. Some even felt as though Blizzard was trying to “make an example out of him” and that all of the suspensions and penalties are too harsh.
Check out the video below:
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