Felix "xQc" Lengyel alleged on Monday that the reason he recently moved back to Canada from Austin, Texas was due to daily police raids. xQc revealed the information, in part, to quell the rumors that his move back to Canada was related to the legalities surrounding his recent controversial gaming content.
"We were getting raided by the police station, at rates that made absolutely no f*cking sense," the streamer revealed on Monday morning. "Almost every day, the police came to our house with a full squad, because of... well, f*cking idiots. I was genuinely scared I was going to die."
He continued, "And then it didn't make sense to me, I just got so scared that I said 'I just want to go home, I want to go back to Canada'. . . Then some other stuff happened that was worse, way worse, and I was like 'I just want to get the f*ck out of here'. . . I am not trying to play victim, I just feel like I don't have any other choice than to leak it, or people won't understand I am serious about this."
The streamer didn't specify the "worse" thing that happened, but based on the context presumably his safety and/or privacy was violated in some other way as well.
xQc's issues with the police spotlight a huge ongoing problem for streamers known as SWATTING. Swatting is a "prank" where viewers will call the police with claims that the streamer is engaging in dangerous illegal activity, prompting the police to send a SWAT a team. This appears to be what xQc is referring to in the clip.
While some viewers may see swatting as a harmless prank, it is illegal to file a false police report and streamers have actually died as a result of swatting in the past.
According to xQc, the police were called on him so many times, that there was a procedure in place for the police to check to make sure he wasn't committing crimes without xQc even interrupting his stream to speak with them.
"After the first big raid, they would give us a heads up, and would clear the house," the streamer explained. "I found a way to remain on stream and not say anything at all, no one even noticed anything different, the stream kept going. Every time it happened, they opened the doors, I gave a visual signal and they clear the rooms and clear the angles in my room to make sure no one was hidden and no one was harmed. . . it happened a crazy amount of times, I don't even know how many times it happened."
He concluded his explanation with, "It's completely unrelated to gambling Sh*t, there you have it."
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.