“I Can’t Play the Actual Game. It’s Not Competitive”- xQc Opens Up on Not Playing Overwatch

Published 01/26/2021, 1:08 PM EST


Those who are regular followers of the streaming circuit might know of the popular streamer xQc. The popular Twitch personality is currently popular for being on the ‘Rust’ bandwagon and majorly Fortnite. However, his claim to fame was the FPS-RPG hybrid title, Overwatch.

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He walked away from the then popular multiplayer title following numerous controversies, and eventually, the popularity of Overwatch died out as well. Recently, xQc spoke at length on his stream about why he does not play Overwatch anymore. And to be frank, his reasons do make a lot of sense.

Many players currently believe that the emergence of a whole new roster of multiplayer titles has made OW take a back seat in terms of popularity, especially with the arrival of Valorant in the tactical FPS scene.

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Much like Valorant, Overwatch was an amalgamation of classic FPS multiplayer and MMORPG elements. However, many players would agree that being a paid game cost OW its popularity over the years.

But as xQc explains, the loss of popularity of the game is not the reason why he does not stream it anymore.

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“When I stream the game, the stream becomes like a market place for attention”: xQc on Overwatch

Xqc says that the game is not competitive when he plays it, which takes all the fun out of it. Most players who join him in the lobby try to associate with his name as a quick way to garner some attention; be it on his side or the opponent’s side.

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The problem that I have with the game is that it’s almost like… when I stream the game, the stream becomes like a market place for attention. Every game, people come in on my team, and everybody just fishes for attention. On my team and the enemy team.

Being a former Overwatch pro, it is understandable how the lack of a competitive environment in the game hurts him.

Why bother playing a competitive game all-in when it’s just not competitive?

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Looks like it is bad news for those who wished to see him stream OW on a regular basis. But then again, what’s to stop him from returning to it once there is a competitive ecosystem around it again?

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Samyarup Chowdhury

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Samyarup Chowdhury is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since June 2020. An avid gamer since his childhood, Samyarup has played many titles such as GTA Vice City, IGI, and FIFA, among others. Currently, he is a rather defensive fan of Valorant and the Assassin's Creed franchise.

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