Twitch Rivals Rust Team Battle was set to be one of the most fun competitions on the streaming platform to date, but ended early due to controversy.
Featuring some of the biggest names in streaming, the Twitch Rivals Rust Team Battle event was supposed to last three days before Twitch cut it short. The Day 3 broadcast was canceled entirely.
Twitch Rivals Rust Team Battle was heavily anticipated event thanks to the growing popularity of the multiplayer survival game amongst top streamers such as Felix “xQc” Lengyel and Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang, both of whom were participating. The Twitch Rivals tournament had teams from North America, Latin America, and Spain coming together to fight for survival.
xQc and Toast affected by Twitch Rivals controversy
Unfortunately, controversy struck when it appeared that there were some unfair official rulings. This included DisguisedToast’s team and other North American teams finding out they were not allowed to raid bases owned by Spanish teams, while these teams could raid North American bases.
Raiding bases is a huge part of Rust, so this rule left many speechless, including xQc.
DisguisedToast explained that North American teams couldn’t even go to the Spanish team’s bases. Some details are not known to the public just yet, but it appears that some members of the Spanish team decided to raise an issue with Twitch due to feeling that their region was not being respected.
This drama continued into the second day of the competition, with many viewers accusing the Spanish players of making racist and sexist remarks toward North American teams and streamers. That, along with the demand that no teams could raid their bases, ultimately halted the competition.
On social media, many fans of the streamers involved community voiced frustration with the Spanish streamers for ruining the competition for the North American streamers, as well as for their own Spanish teammates who were cooperating with the rules. Some even noted that xQc stayed up for multiple days grinding Rust ahead of the tournament. It seemed that getting raided may have hurt some of the Spanish players’ pride, according to some viewers.
Twitch responds to Twitch Rivals Rust drama, cancels last day of tournament
No specific details have come out from any official sources, but Twitch Rivals did release a statement about the situation.
To deal with the controversy, Twitch Rivals stated that DisguisedToast’s team would be declared the winner. NemerethTV would be awarded a Kill Leader bonus thanks to getting 160 kills during the two days of action.
“Twitch Rivals aims to create groundbreaking events for creators in the spirit of competition and good sportsmanship. We seek to showcase fun rivalries, but also bring communities across the globe together around games we love. We’ve heard the community’s concerns and aim to further clarify rules to prevent confusion,” Twitch Rivals said on Twitter.
Twitch Rivals added that the event “did not end the way we hoped,” but that Twitch is still hoping to continue producing events featuring these same regions in the future.