Twitch has temporarily banned Félix “xQc” Lengyel, one of the biggest streamers on the platform, after he cheated in a Fall Guys tournament during GlitchCon last weekend. The former Overwatch League pro will also forfeit his prize money, and he won’t be allowed to take part in Twitch Rivals community events for the next six months.
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
Twitch determined that xQc “stream sniped” a rival during the tournament. He used information he learned by watching another player’s Twitch stream to gain an advantage for his team. That practice violates Twitch and Twitch Rivals rules.
Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, another major streamer who competed in the tournament, slammed xQc and suggested he could be banned from Twitch for cheating. A day after the incident, xQc acknowledged his actions and apologized.
Stop defending my everywhere for no reason. We got into the final game with @DrLupo and @shroud ‘s team. We shouldn’t of done it and it was wrong. I’m sorry for my actions. I thought it would be funny. It did not change the outcome but it was still malicious. Sorry.
— xQc (@xQc) November 15, 2020
This marks at least the fourth time that Twitch has temporarily banned xQc. As Dot Esports points out, the service previously locked down his account after he showed nudity and watched a sexually suggestive video while streaming. It’s not clear how long the latest suspension will last.
According to StreamElements, xQc was the top streamer on Twitch in each of the last four months in terms of hours watched. His stream typically has tens of thousands of concurrent viewers. Having immense popularity on Twitch won’t shield streamers from a permanent ban, however, as Guy “Dr. Disespect” Beahm learned earlier this year.