Félix “xQc” Lengyel has agreed to mutually part ways with the Dallas Fuel after several weeks of controversy and two Overwatch League official rulings.
“There are few players out there who have achieved as much success in as short a time as Félix has in competitive Overwatch,” said Mike Rufail, owner of the Dallas Fuel, in a statement released to the press on Sunday night. “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.”
While Lengyel will be unable to play during the rest of Stage 2, the early release may enable him to find another team.
“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.”
Player conduct has become a concern for the Fuel, with Lengyel starring at the center of the controversy. Lengyel told Houston Outlaws player Austin “Muma” Wilmot, who is openly gay, to “suck a fat cock,” before adding, “I mean, you would like it” during one of his personal Twitch streams. Lengyel was punished by both the League and the Fuel as a result, and was suspended for four games.
His troubles didn’t stop there. Lengyel was suspended once again on March 9 for four matches, effective March 12th, and fined $4,000 for a number of offenses. These included calling Overwatch League caster’s commentary “cancer,” talking trash about other players on social media and spamming an emote “in a racially disparaging manner on the league’s stream and on social media,” according to Blizzard.
The Dallas Fuel entered the Overwatch League as the team with arguably the most star power, and were expected to be a strong contender for the championship. Instead, the team struggled through Overwatch League’s first two stages, with a combined record of 5-11.