Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel claimed that Minecraft streamers “feel empowered” by their followers, implying that this could be the reason they don’t discourage fans from “standing” on them.
The Minecraft YouTuber fandom has recently seen its fair share of criticism, whether it’s from Dream or anyone else.
Charlie ‘MoistCr1TiKaL’ White called the stans “toxic” and “unhealthy” after Minecraft streamer TommyInnit revealed he needed therapy after fans attacked him on social media.
However, this view was not suitable for xQc.
He disagreed with Cr1TiKaL’s view that Minecraft streamers can do “a lot” to discourage bad behavior from their fans, including a “blanket statement” telling them to stop ” stand”.
Instead, he thinks they ultimately don’t want to because they “feel empowered” to have a passionate and dedicated fan base behind them, which he says is the “real issue”.
“It’s not about their fandom or their admiration,” xQc said.
“It’s about the feeling of power when they do something. It’s about seeing the impact of what they’re doing that’s actually causing something. Because whatever they do in real life … is nothing, and they have no power.
“[For that reason,] every time they tweet or re-tweet [something and cause a stir], they can feel that they are moving parts somewhere, one way or another, and that makes them self-sufficient. I think this is the real problem.
For lack of a better term, “stanning” – the practice of being an overzealous or obsessive fan – has been a hot topic for some time now.
However, it seems to be more prevalent on the Minecraft scene, especially after the #CancelDreamStans trending in March 2021, which prompted it to call a small cult of ‘horrible’ fans.
Since then, many other incidents involving Minecraft stans have also taken place.
So, while most people want streamers to take a more active role in eradicating toxic behavior from their fans, xQc insists that the real issue is keeping streamers’ egos in check once they are out. ‘they have developed many subscribers.