Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast
From the perspective of an organization, I think xQc is someone you’d want to have on your team in almost any esports except for Overwatch or possibly League of Legends. He is a good player, he streams, and he has a personality. These are all things that an org wants, a competitor, a ROI, and a brand.
However in OWL, there are more stringent rules on behavior. The jury is out as to what kind of esports culture they are implementing as it’s still too young to say. What I will say is that xQc is someone similar to Idra. A highly regarded competitor who had personalities that naturally drew both fans and haters. The difference is in the timing. Idra was from a time where things were smaller and the culture was in general more empathetic or perhaps he just had more popularity so he could get away with it (it’s hard to measure these things). In xQc’s case he is in OWL which is strangely the most judgemental scene despite being the scene that espouses inclusion and diversity the most. I’ve come to that conclusion based on my own observation on the types of press, the fan interactions, and Blizzard’s general actions. All of this isn’t to say that what xQc did was justified, just an observation of the scene he was in.
Because of that it feels like OWL teams specifically need life coaches. A lot of these players are young and their minds have yet to fully mature and develop. I know some journalists think it’s okay to judge people on what they said when they were 14 six years later and then delete their own tweets, but in reality people do dumb shit all of the time when they are young. Hell people do dumb shit all of the time when they get older as well. It’s a maturation process and one where you have to learn from your mistakes. Credit to Dallas Fuel for trying as long as they did, but it was always going to be hard, especially with a streamer.
This is something Malik brought up in his twitter. (Also great for understand the context of the emote) It’s a great point that few people seem to recognize. Interacting with twitter chat changes people. For instance, I’m someone who hasn’t been in twitch chat since 2011 so when someone types at me biblethump or pogchamp I assume they are thumping a bible or talking about the Pog Championship. If you do something everyday, it fundamentally changes how you think. Basically if you stare into the twitch chat, the twitch chat stares back. This is why you need coaches or mentors that specifically help these young players mature as they are jumping from streaming on twitch to being scrutiinzed by thousands of people around the world.