As of yesterday, the Dallas Fuel has released a statement announcing the termination of Felix “xQc” Lengyel’s contract. After a slew of unprofessional behavior and suspensions, xQc, one of the best Winston players in the league, and The Fuel have decided to part ways.
After posting a racist meme on the official stream of the Overwatch League last week, xQc was fined $4,000 and suspended for another four games. Other players have also been fined in the second round of the Overwatch League, including his teammate Timo “Taimou” Kettunen, for similar behavior, but this is the second time xQc has been suspended. After losing to the Houston Outlaws in the first round, he made a homophobic slur directed toward one of Houston’s openly gay players. xQc was fined and suspended from the rest of the first round, resulting in him playing six matches total in his Overwatch League career.
Mike Rufail, owner of the Dallas Fuel, had this to say about the separation:
There are few players out there who have achieved as much success in as short a time as Félix has in competitive Overwatch. Ultimately, it was in the best interest of our organization and Félix to part ways before the expiration of his contract. No one wants to see Félix succeed more than we do, and we believe he has a bright future ahead of him. I want to thank him for his time and the passion he brought to the Dallas Fuel.
The 20-year old streamer has yet to make a personal statement but retweeted a tweet from a fan saying, “Now xQc can meme and s—- talk as much as he wants, he’s free now.” The Dallas Fuel finished their statement by pushing forward, opening up their roster for new additions to the team.
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