Overwatch League player Felix “xQc” Lengyel is suspended after making homophobic comments against a gay opponent. xQc, who plays for the Dallas Fuel, made the offensive remark during a Twitch livestream.
Last week, we reported that Twitch came under fire after transphobic advertisements were broadcast during an Overwatch League stream.
Overwatch League: xQc Makes Homophobic Remarks Against Muma
Following the Overwatch League match between Dallas Fuel and Houston Outlaws that took place last week (Fuel lost), openly gay Outlaws player Austin “Muma” Wilmot said that his team “rolled and smoked” the Fuel. ‘Rolled and smoked’ is reportedly a catchphrase often said by Fuel player Felix “xQc” Lengyel.
xQc did not play during that match but took issue with Muma using his catchphrase. While discussing the match and Muma’s comments during a Twitch livestream, xQc said that Muma “didn’t smoke shit,” also telling his Outlaws opponent to “Shut your f–king mouth. Go back there. Suck a fat c–k. I mean, you would like it.” A clip of the incident is embedded above (warning: it does contain strong language).
Responding to the incident in a livestream of his own, Muma didn’t seem to be surprised that xQc had made the remarks. xQc has a long history of bad behavior and making offensive comments on stream and in one, now infamous clip, the Dallas Fuel player gets banned midstream after filing bogus reports against his teammates during a Competitive Play match.
Muma and xQc made nice on Twitter and xQc also publicly apologized but this didn’t let the Dallas Fuel player off the hook for his homophobic comments. Overwatch developer Blizzard officially banned xQc from playing for four matches and fined him for $2,000 for violating the Overwatch League Code of Conduct.
— Dallas Fuel (@DallasFuel) January 20, 2018
Dallas Fuel then voiced their support for the suspension, saying that it would bench xQc for the remainder of the first Overwatch League stage (which ends on February 10) and would offer the player “additional resources, focus coaching, physical training, and support,” in order for him to improve as a professional player in the meantime.
It’s positive to see Blizzard and its associated esports organizations take action so quickly. As Muma himself has noted, there are only so many apologies that a player can make for their behavior before they receive punishment. xQc has been forced to apologize for his actions before and it’s a shame that things have gotten to this stage but hopefully, this may finally make the player improve his conduct.
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