xQC attacks csgo community on twitter

Former professional Overwatch League player Félix “xQc” Lengyel took to Twitter today criticizing the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) community for outspoken members boasting of their future career in Valorant. Amid Riot Games’ latest press release about the game, community members are expressing their opinions, both positive and negative.

Valorant is a 5v5 strategy-based FPS in which attackers and defenders battle it out to either destroy or save a site. The underlying premise of the game is the same as that of CSGO and other search-and-destroy (S&D) titles. Coupled with usable abilities such as shields and resurrection, FPS enthusiasts have noticed the apparent influence of Overwatch and CSGO within the game’s mechanics and structure. The similarities have drawn the attention of professional players from both communities, stating they’re planning on transitioning from their current game to Valorant upon its release. For instance, CSGO player Braxton “swag” Pierce announced his retirement from CSGO to focus on performing in Valorant.

XQc’s tweet earlier today fired shots directly at players like swag who are planning to play the unreleased Riot FPS professionally.

While it’s right to say the CSGO community is looking forward to playing Valorant and, due to the game’s innate competitive potential, will attempt to excel at it — so are other communities. XQc’s comments are geared towards a community whose competitive history and structure he has little involvement with. Furthermore, the majority of his engagement with CSGO stems from his stream where he is, ever so often, seen interviewing matchmaking teammates in Gold Nova 3.

Trainwreckstv rebutted xQc

His tweet garnered backlash from his followers and the gaming community. Popular Twitch streamer Tyler “Trainwreckstv” Niknam, who’s become a beloved CSGO community member, replied to xQc.

Trainwreck’s sentiment addresses the notion that some in the Overwatch community have a habit of belittling CSGO‘s competitive system. He alludes to the idea circulating since Valorant‘s initial announcement that Riot’s game is a direct competitor to CSGO and will eventually be the game’s downfall. However, while the similarities between Valorant and CSGO are obvious, CSGO‘s iconic gameplay, mechanics, and long-standing competitive past have cemented its position in gaming history. Moreover, Valorant‘s class-based elements are more than enough to differentiate the two games altogether.

XQc has a history of posting “hot takes,” creating drama, and inserting himself into precarious situations. It’ll be interesting to see how his comments play out.

Valorant will release in most global regions on PC in summer 2020.

Minna Adel Rubio
Minna is a competitive FPS fan with a particular interest in team-based FPS and arena shooters. She's a former competitive Overwatch and Team Fortress 2 player. Her writing focuses on all things FPS, specifically Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the esports industry.