It seems that some of Overwatch’s biggest stars are abandoning the game. Two prominent streamers and pro players, Dafran and xQc have both tweeted statements in the last 24 hours, that seem to suggest they are finished with Blizzard’s competitive shooter, much to the confusion and dismay of fans.
Dafran, who’s real name is Daniel Francesca, had previously played for now-defunct esports org Selfless, prior to the foundation of the Overwatch League, before walking away to become a streamer.
Despite being a controversial figure in the community, known for trolling his fans, Dafran was signed to new OWL squad Atlanta Reign in anticipation of season 2, but has now announced via a tweet that he is not only walking away from the squad but also the game.
Francesca’s tweet reads: “The end. I hate the game. Thought I could love it again and have passion but its impossible, I always end up soft throwing. Contract ended, Overwatch uninstalled, Mcdonalds here I come. For real though thanks for everything u have given me OW Community.”
Although Dafran has been known to mislead his fans, a statement from caster Andrew Rush, suggests that the announcement is legitimate. Atlanta Reign has yet to address the situation.
The proper response to what happened today with Dafran is simply to react with sadness. What we lose here is the potential redemption story of one of the greatest mechanical talents to play Overwatch. Instead, we gain a reminder that the life of a pro player isn’t for everyone.
— Andrew Rush (@TempoZP) November 7, 2018
It seems that Dafran isn’t the only one experiencing frustrations with Overwatch. Earlier today, another controversial, yet prominent figure in the community, XQC also posted a tweet suggesting he is done with the game.
It’s been a ride pic.twitter.com/fho8ShiupA
— xQc (@xQc) November 8, 2018
Last weekend Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel represented his home country of Canada in the Overwatch World Cup Finals, achieving the bronze medal pictured in the tweet. In the Overwatch League’s first season the pro player was dropped from Dallas Fuel for a number of controversies related to his online behavior.
Many streamers including xQc have been openly critical of the current Overwatch meta-game, which heavily favors GOATS compositions (3-tank, 3-support) as well as over-powered DPS hero Doomfist. The potential for titled games has gotten so bad that rookie Overwatch player and Fortnite Twitch-streamer TimTheTatman resorted to desperately messaging Lengyel on Twitch during a stream to ask how he copes with playing the game day after day.
“xQc, you can like clip this and show him: xQc, how you go through that every day of your life, I do not know my friend,” said Timothy ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar, during his stream.
“Nothing but love to you, God bless, that is so unbelievably bad to play against, you can’t even play, you can’t even play the video game it’s so bad.”
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