Dallas Fuel tank player Félix “xQc” Lengyel has been released from the Overwatch League team.
XQc was suspended by the Overwatch League earlier this week for four games and fined $4,000 for using an emote “in a racially disparaging manner” in the Overwatch League stream chat. Overwatch League also cited xQc’s “disparaging language” against both casters and fellow players on stream and on social media for the punishment.
The tank player’s contract was originally set to expire at the end of the first Overwatch League season. Dallas Fuel and xQc have “mutually agreed” to terminate the contract early.
“There are few players out there who have achieved as much success in as short a time as Félix has in competitive Overwatch,” said Dallas Fuel owner Mike Rufail. “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.”
XQc’s suspension prevented him from playing or practicing with the Overwatch League for the remainder of stage two. Because of an earlier suspension in the Overwatch League’s first stage for making a homophobic comment about a fellow player, xQc has played just six matches in total.
“Our focus is to field a roster with players that are available to help the Dallas Fuel succeed now and in the future,” Rufail said. “Releasing Félix today allows us the flexibility to make additional signings during the league transfer window and allows Félix to pursue other opportunities this season and on stream.”
XQc was streaming on Twitch when the announcement went live.
“Overwatch League was bittersweet to say the least,” he said on stream. “You chase something for so long that you forget why you want it.” XQc joked that he’s most upset because he’s going to have to buy new clothes—much of what he owns is branded with the Dallas Fuel logo.
Dallas Fuel announced the addition of former CONBOX player Son “OGE” Min-seok on March 8. He’ll make his debut in the Overwatch League in stage three, and will likely take up main tank duties from xQc.