Figuring out xQcOW in Jump King: Intentional fails or low skill?
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Félix “xQcOW” Lengyel is a Canadian professional Overwatch player and Twitch streamer. He previously played for the Dallas Fuel in a main tank position. He later joined Gladiators Legion, an Overwatch Contenders team, as a substitute main tank. Mostly streaming a variety of games on his Twitch channel, he describes his skill level as “god”-tiered. However, his fans would describe him more as masochistic as he plays Jump King.

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xQcOW’s intentional failures

Some people like listening to piano or going to yoga sessions to calm down.

It appears xQcOW enjoys repeatedly playing the same levels of a platform jumper. Instead of completing the game, he enjoys getting to the top of each level and then “accidentally” falling down to the bottom of the stage. It isn’t easily discernible whether this is because of his true intention or lackluster skill level.

For a player that competed with Team Canada in the Overwatch World Cup 2017 and 2018, it would seem to be the former. Instead of actually having such a low skill level of gaming ability, Félix only showcases such a level to connect with his viewers better.

If he played at his true level, the gameplay would be too quick. Also, many of Félix’s viewers are there because they have a connection to his personality. Playing badly or failing to play well enables him to put himself in the shoes of his non-skilled viewers.

Some of his viewers have described the stream to be consistent with a .gif image. This is because the gameplay that can be seen in 60 seconds is just repeated over the entire 3-5-hour streaming session.

Jump King

The game Félix is playing is named Jump King. It is brand new on Steam and published on May 3. The game’s official description writes:

Prepare for true high-stakes platforming, where you have to use your mind to triumph! On your vertical adventure tension will rise with each jump, even though you cannot die! The reason is that a single missed jump could lead to a long fall, and once you have fallen you have to get back up again yourself…

The mechanics are simple: hold to charge the height of each jump and release to leap away! Despite its simplicity it will take much practice to master. You will have to consider each situation carefully before you jump, because once you are in the air there is no way to turn back!

What is your hypothesis on xQcOW’s gameplay?

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Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.