Imane "Pokimane" Anys was among the first notable streamers to receive a two-day DMCA ban after broadcasting the Avatar: The Last Airbender movie. More recently, however, Twitch megastar Felix "xQc" Lengyel has been targeted for streaming copyrighted content in what has become a split opinion among many members of the Twitch community.
xQc responds to take on Twitch TV show meta
On 9th January, Head of Twitch Community Productions djWHEAT criticised xQc's "worthless management team" in a thread on Twitter.
Lots of people are getting on @xQc for continuing to stream content he doesn’t own but maybe it’s time to start pointing out just how worthless his own management team must be to let it happen. Who is actually looking out for these creator’s careers? 🤷🏻♂️— djWHEAT (@djWHEAT) January 9, 2022
Among the string of tweets, dJWHEAT also said that "a real management team would be putting a stop to anything that could jeopardise their client's career and ability to make money." The Twitch head added, "Anything less, and you are under bad management."
However, many users on Twitter correctly pointed out that xQc doesn't have management.
xQc subsequently hit back and slammed the Twitch head for their apparent double standards. "Where was all this energy when Toast was watching 150 episodes of Naruto while literally sleeping on stream. Where was all this energy at?"
The Twitch megastar continued, saying, "I watched three hours of content [and] the internet loses its mind. Toast had literally a library of one of the most distributed anime in America that's from Japan, Naruto, for like 150 episodes, and nobody blinks an eye."
"I watch five episodes, and the internet is having a f**king seizure." Users on Reddit seem to think it was inevitable that xQc would be targeted given his massive popularity on Twitch and propensity to stream react content.
However, one Reddit user noted there were several LSF threads about Toast, "which turned into a massive airing out of grievances about Toast from the past two years."
The user continued, saying that xQc has received more criticism than Toast on Twitter, "but it's smaller than the sh*tstorm that has hit Pokimane." Indeed, this is true. "The ban on Pokimane has started another whole wave of hate against her," said another Redditor.
Some fans conclude that two wrongs shouldn't make a right and that xQc shouldn't appropriate a victim complex, calling him a "master of deflection."
But, we'll leave it to you to decide whether you agree with xQc's take or not.
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Featured image courtesy of Twitch / xQcOW.