Félix “xQc” Lengyel » Streamer Profile, News and Controversies

Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel is one of the most popular and most instantly recognizable streamers on Twitch. Since his career kicked off in 2016, he has claimed far more than his fair share of headlines in and around the esports world, and not all of them have been related to his gaming skills. His experiences range from holding down an esports career in Overwatch to becoming one of the most powerful and impactful content creators on Twitch. Today, we’re here to break the man down, telling you everything you need to know about him.

Who is xQc?

Hailing from Canada, xQc is a Canadian content creator and former Overwatch League (OWL) player. He carved out his career in the earlier days of Overwatch, rapidly becoming known as one of the title’s best players when it was first released back in 2016. During his professional career, xQc competed under the banners of Denial Esports, Arc 6, and Dallas Fuel. However, it took retiring from Overwatch for him to truly grow, and after he’d quit competing, his popularity exploded.

Who is xQc?

For many years, xQc has been known as being a relatively controversial content creator. He was rather unceremoniously dismissed from the Overwatch League, and he’s regularly landing himself in hot water on Twitch as a result of his ‘lack of a filter’. On certain occasions, xQc has found himself dangerously close to being cancelled after blurting out homophobic, sexist, or downright bizarre comments.

However, for some, it’s that transparent, no-holds-barred attitude that makes him so entertaining to watch. Since leaving the OWL, xQc has grown remarkably quickly on platforms like Twitch and YouTube, becoming one of the highest-paid streamers in the history of the industry. He’s a varied creator, covering everything from Pokémon to GTA RP, and from live gambling to, yes, Overwatch.

The xQc Twitch channel currently boasts more than 11.8 million followers, and on YouTube, he has another 2.28 million subscribers.


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xQc Setup and Socials

It can be difficult to lock down a top-tier streamer’s build, as it’s constantly evolving based on tech changes and sponsorships. However, here’s xQc’s setup as of 2023:

Motherboard – ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII
CPU – AMD Ryzen 9 5950x 16-core
GPU – Zotac Gaming Geforce RTX 3090 24GB
RAM – Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 128GB
Mouse – Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse
Mousepad – Logitech G640 Large Cloth Gaming Mousepad
Keyboard – SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Monitor – ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q 24.5”
Headset – HyperX Cloud II
Streamcam – Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro Computer Webcam

While some streamers play the most high-intensity games and often give up their settings for each game, xQc is no longer a ‘real’ competitor. Therefore, we’ve decided to omit the settings that xQc uses for specific titles.

xQc Streaming Setup

xQc’s Streaming Setup

xQc Controversy List

As we’ve already pointed out, xQc is certainly no stranger to controversy and scandal. In fact, he seemingly thrives in these conditions and has quite literally never stopped growing in popularity. This is despite finding himself in hot water on several occasions in a relatively short period of time. He’s a very outspoken individual, often kicking off his streams by picking out trending news topics and reacting to them in front of an audience that numbers in the tens of thousands.

We’re breaking down xQc’s most iconic controversies, from the bizarre to the borderline illegal. As a result of xQc’s overwhelming popularity, almost nothing he does stays behind closed doors for long. As a content creator, every inch of his life is scrutinized by both his followers and the press, and every crude comment or weird reaction surfaces almost instantly on social media.

TriHard 7 Controversy

Back in the day, xQc effectively killed his own Overwatch career through the use of inappropriate emotes and offensive comments. Reportedly, xQc was ‘made an example of’ for using the ‘TriHard’ emote in a racially disparaging manner. This was a subject of a massive and ongoing debate, but it was effectively the straw that broke the camel’s back.

He was also fined numerous times for account sharing, offensive meme sharing, and the occasional bout of racism and homophobia. According to those close to xQc, he’s ‘far from’ racist and homophobic, but as we’ve already mentioned, he comes with no filter.

In other words, xQc can be described as being tone-deaf and rather impulsive with what he says.

xQc Twitch Bans

Since his streaming career kicked off, xQc has been banned numerous times on Twitch. These bans have ranged from a three-day suspension to a 24-hour ‘cool-off’ period, and they’ve almost always been related to the same topic. Firstly, xQc was banned for briefly revealing a pornographic snapshot – that earned him 72 hours offline in July of 2019. Then, in February of 2020, xQc was banned for another three days, this time for displaying a nude NPC in a game he was playing.

In June of the same year, xQc was banned for streaming a clip of gorillas mating. By way of a response to this scandal, xQc tweeted on June 12th 2020:


xQc was also banned in November 2020 following a stream-sniping incident involving DrLupo. Now, Twitch as a platform does take stream-sniping very seriously, and in this case, xQc was stream-sniping during the iconic Twitch Rivals event, a regulated and official tournament on the platform. For this infraction, xQc received a whopping seven-day ban. In 2021, xQc was banned for streaming the Tokyo Olympics, and then again later in the year for reasons that were never truly revealed.

Streaming TV Shows

At the start of 2022, Twitch began threatening another ban in light of xQc’s sudden trend of streaming television shows on the platform. However, this never surfaced, with xQc going so far as to ‘laugh off’ the threats.

While it may come as something of a shock that xQc has yet to receive a Twitch ban in 2023, he’s still had plenty to say about fellow streamers bans. From calling out alleged the “leniency” Twitch showed towards Kai Cenet to slamming the gambling bans, xQc has something to say about everything Twitch does.

xQc banned on NoPixel GTA Server

Some of xQc’s most popular streams have come from his lengthy sessions in the world of GTA RP. He’s enjoyed massive growth that has been centered around his adventures in the NoPixel server, which is one of the most popular GTA V roleplaying servers out there. However, he has always suffered from the inability to be a ‘good sport’ in RP, regularly breaking the rules and ruining the fun for others.

Typically, he’ll tout the RP aspects and wreak havoc on the server he’s currently playing on, which earned him five successive bans, the final of which was permanent. Even though his streams brought massive exposure to the NoPixel platform, it wasn’t enough to balance out the amount of trouble he caused on the server. xQc was suddenly banned from NoPixel forever as a result of ongoing toxicity, rule-breaking, and being a general nuisance.

xQc GTA Ban

xQc receiving permanent ban on NoPixel

xQc Gambling Controversy

Felix is by no means a stranger to gambling, esports betting and betting on Twitch streamers. However, in recent months, the situation has worsened immeasurably, with a huge gambling controversy surfacing that has xQc at the very centre of it all. For several months leading up to and way into 2022, xQc has spent a huge amount of time on-stream gambling and playing slots, quite literally blasting millions of dollars down the line, all in front of a live audience.

Now, the core issue here is that many of xQc’s followers are impressionable youngsters. They can be very susceptible to the influences of their favourite Twitch streamer. In May of 2022, xQc’s stream viewers wagered $119 million using his exclusive code on a betting platform. There are many top industry personalities slamming xQc for the trend. They have accused him of fuelling a very dangerous fire that is influencing ‘a generation of gamblers’.

Also in May of 2022, xQc admitted he was ‘addicted’ to gambling. This came after losing more than $2 million in a single month. Many of his fans have raised concerns about the streamer’s habits. Some fans openly oppose his on-stream portrayal of gambling. This is because he, at times, brings ‘Slots’ to the very highest and most visible trending ranks of Twitch’s homepage.

xQc confronts Twitch fanbase over toxicity toward his personal relationships

Over the years, xQc’s relationships have often been a subject of mockery and disrespect among his followers, leading him to keep his personal life more private. These include his long-term relationship with fellow Twitch streamer Adept and his brief relationship with Nyxxii. His current relationship with another streamer, Fran, has also been a subject of speculation and negativity among his followers.

The situation escalated recently when xQc addressed his Twitch chat’s toxicity during a live stream on July 3rd. He criticized his fans for their negative comments about his relationship with Fran, expressing his frustration with their lack of empathy and respect for his personal life.

“And I met her before all this sht too. It’s just odd, I don’t know. And, it was the same thing with my previous relationships too…” He further expressed his disappointment with his fans’ behavior, stating, “It’s like everything that isn’t a fcking disaster in my life, everything that isn’t like actually fcking killing me…it’s like, you attack the fck out of it until I get rid of it.”

xQc’s confrontation with his fans highlights the toxicity that can often be found in online communities, reminding us that even public figures deserve respect for their personal lives. As xQc himself puts it, “we are all human and we all have emotions.”

Facts and Figures

  • Félix Lengyel was born on November 12, 1995.
  • He is 5’11” according to his Twitch bio.
  • xQc has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
  • xQc moves home constantly. This is to avoid being doxxed and staying out of the crosshairs of stalkers.

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