Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel – one of the biggest streamers caught up in the gaming scene in recent times – has clarified the logistics of how his gaming sponsorship, “gamba”, operates amid widespread speculation. The juicer also compares its situation to other streamer sponsorships, claiming that some of their game balances are “fake”.
The controversy stems from the fact that top streamers are playing live with stacks of money supposedly provided by gambling sponsorships. Many viewers are tired of logging into their favorite streamer, only to watch them play for hours, or being encouraged to check out gaming sites because of stream extensions pointing them in that direction.
This dismay is even more evident in xQc’s situation, given that 10 months ago he apologized to his fans, telling them he would not be playing again.
Ludwig weighed in on the controversy, calling on Twitch to end sponsored game streams on the platform. He also speculated that there are two reasons why streamers like xQc continue to stream bets despite viewers getting fed up: “One, you’re already addicted to doing it offline, so you Also do it online, and two, if you do it sponsored, you’re going to make a ton of money.
In response to Ludwig’s comments, xQc outlined the details of their situation with regards to their gaming sponsorship, explaining that their gaming funds are what’s called a “gross balance.”
“The raw balance is I have my own juice (money), I get more juice on top of the juice,” the top Twitch star explained. “Then when I play, I play, and if it goes down – and it doesn’t give anything, then I don’t keep anything. But if I win and I get something, or if I stay flat (break-even), I keep these amounts.
“Some of them [other] offers are bullshit.
“But if I win, I only keep a certain part of it, don’t I?” So literally the whole point of Gamba (xQc’s gambling sponsorship) is high risk, high reward, the house having an edge.
“These [other] offers, they cut out the risk and they cut out the reward, and make it stagnant promotional bullshit, showing something that isn’t real. It’s fantasy. It’s a fake.”
“It’s not even close to the same.”
In other words, using the fund streamer for gambling can be misleading on many levels when paired with a gambling sponsor. The capital you see being gained or lost probably doesn’t always translate to that is actually happening, if xQc has anything to say about it.
Aside from the contract discussed behind closed doors, it’s not always clear how much top streamers net through gambling referrals.