Streaming powerhouse Felix 'xQc' Lengyel has suggested that his counterparts, Hasan 'HasanAbi' Piker and Imane 'Pokimane' Anys, are fearful of streaming platform Kick's potential success, which is why they've been critical of his substantial deal with the service.
On June 16, 2023, xQc created a stir across the internet by announcing his non-exclusive contract with Kick, valued at an impressive $100 million. This unprecedented move was met with both admiration and critique from fellow streamers.
Flexing your morals and ethics on other people around you comes from pure insecurity. Nothing else.— xQc (@xQc) June 22, 2023
Notably, Pokimane voiced her concerns, stating she wouldn't transition to Kick even for $10 million, as it would be a compromise on her "morals and ethics". This sentiment largely stems from Kick's association with Stake, a cryptocurrency-based casino and gambling website, a detail which has been a focal point of critique.
Similarly, Hasan has expressed his doubts, speculating that Kick's connection with gambling and its aggressive drive to acquire prominent talent might lead to intense scrutiny from creators and the media.
In a live stream on June 22, 2023, xQc responded to these criticisms. He had been watching Hasan's recent stream, where Hasan and popular streamer 'MoistCr1TiKal' were discussing the implications of Kick's lucrative streaming contracts.
xQc stated that Pokimane and Hasan are "scared" of Kick's potential success. "The only reason they're talking st is that they've just realized that 'holy fk, it might actually work', and that scares them," xQc said.
He continued, suggesting that if Kick were to fail, critics like Pokimane and Hasan would be left with their moral standpoints but without a platform to express them on.
The outspoken xQc finished by claiming, “They are scared because they might become broke then.”
These recent developments follow closely on the heels of other significant moves in the streaming world, such as the earlier shift of streamer Cloakzy to YouTube and Kick after his contract with Twitch ended, and Dr Disrespect’s public negotiation for a $50 million deal to join Kick. With this ongoing controversy, the future of streaming platforms and their interplay with gambling sponsors continues to be a hot topic in the gaming community.