xQc has spoken out about his addiction problems on a podcast with Pokimane, and has now revealed that he lost $2 Million USD in one stream.
In their long-awaited podcast debut, Pokimane and xQc have talked about more than video games and relationship drama. Instead, xQc found himself talking about his gambling, admitting that he is addicted and has lost millions of dollars.
The podcast has been shrouded in controversy, after xQc missed the taping of their first episode a couple of weeks ago. Pokimane has, in the interim period, admitted that she was considering replacing him on the new podcast, as she wants to work with someone who is at least a little more reliable.
[Update: May 31, 2022]
xQc Lost $2 Million USD in One Stream
Continuing the ongoing xQc-gambling saga, the 26-year-old streamer has revealed the extravagant figures he has lost due to his self-proclaimed addiction. During a stream with Greedgodx, xQc revealed that he had actually lost two million dollars the day before. This follows xQc's controversial decision to start doing gambling streams again.
[Update: May 24, 2022]
xQc Defends the Integrity of His Gambling Streams
xQc has defended his gambling streams, claiming that whilst gambling itself is bad, he enjoyed creating the content, and it has not affected his integrity. In defending the streams, he has made it clear to fans and critics alike that "there were no incentives" and that integrity wasn't an issue.
I think it’s content. I enjoy it. So what? I wanted to do bigger spins for longer and juice the [fork] out of the content. I wanted to go bigger and juicier... I put a lot of my juice in it. I was like, yeah, I think it’s fun content. I want to do it more. There are sponsors. I get more juice. We’ll do it for longer.
The popular streamer has claimed that his gambling streams were not harmful as "people will see I lose, and they'll realize the amount only goes down". He pointed out that his position as a wealthy person means that he can afford the losses, and that the content he has created is fun and entertaining.
[Update: May 5, 2022]
xQc's Dad is Really Worried!
After xQc revealed his gambling problems on Pokimane's podcast, his dad gave him a call mid-stream. A little confused, xQc picked up the phone and asked his dad "What's up?" after establishing that he was on-stream at that moment. His dad's response was nothing short of heart-warming.
You’re my little boy! Are you okay? On a scale of one to a hundred, how are you feeling? Do I have to worry? Because your gambling losses made me worry!
It was clear that his father was concerned about the popular streamer's gambling habits and the fact that he has lost millions. He even said that he was considering jumping on a plane and coming to Los Angeles. xQc reassured him that things were alright, and the interaction ended with him urging his father to not read news written about him.
[Original Article: May 2, 2022]
The first episode of Pokimane and xQc's podcast did deliver on plenty of great moments (if you are a fan of the duo), but also gave Pokimane more than what she'd wished for. They chatted for four hours in total, covering a variety of topics, but things got a little bit heavier when they started talking about the gambling meta that has been dominating Twitch streams as of late.
xQc's Gambling Addiction is Getting Out of Hand
During xQc's podcast with Pokimane, he revealed that he has lost $1.85 Million USD in April 2022 alone, and has admitted to having an addiction. Speaking on the subject, xQc also talked about how gambling on-stream was probably a bad idea, saying that it is "negatively impacting" his viewers.
I lost 1.85 mil last month... When you stream yourself gambling, you’re negatively impacting your viewers.
xQc admitted, though, that he had a problem both on and off-stream, and that he understands the negative implications of gambling streams and sponsors. That being said, he doesn't seem particularly remorseful about the topic.
When it comes to taking gambling sponsorships that’s literally just your viewer’s money... It’s a bad thing, I’m not against it... I think you shouldn’t be drinking excessively, and you shouldn’t be taking alcohol sponsors on stream, I think it’s bad. I still do it.
Pokimane went on to ask xQc whether he still engages in gambling sponsorships. In response, the popular streamer clarified that he doesn't take sponsorships for gambling. He did, however, give us his opinion on why he thinks that gambling content attracts viewers: "I think people enjoy to watch money being de-printed".