Hasan “HasanAbi” Piker and the MasterChef meta have been at the center of some drama in the streaming industry.
Big names on Twitch and YouTube have continued to weigh in on streamers watching entire seasons of reality cooking shows while broadcasting to thousands of viewers. HasanAbi was confident that all streamers had to do was “be careful,” in response to Ludwig, who was critical of content creators who did so.
Soon after, HasanAbi received a copyright claim from the Fox Network, causing him to say the meta is over. Imane “Pokimane” Anys also faced consequences, getting suspended from Twitch for the first time over a long Avatar: The Last Airbender stream.
But one of the most popular MasterChef streamers, Felix “xQc” Lengyel, is still confident in the meta’s survival.
xQc has seen his biggest viewership of all time after streaming MasterChef on Twitch. He also had a conversation with MasterChef celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, hinting to his fans that Ramsay may appear on a stream. It seems that xQc is still confident in the content, even after streamers have warned that Twitch may have to take serious action against the meta soon.
On January 8, xQc said he “actually enjoys MasterChef a lot” and this has led “his people to talk to their people.” While he didn’t want to get anyone’s hopes up, xQc seemed to believe that he may be given special permission to continue watching reality shows.
“So there might be something cool with that. Maybe in the future, we’ll be able to watch some of it. We’ll see how it goes but it’s getting worked on,” xQc said.
xQc was pretty tight-lipped about further details but did mention that the conversation was just the start and that the situation may take some time to be fixed. This most likely means that xQc will slow down with the reality show streams until he has updates from these talks.
The streaming community has seen the pros and cons of streamers freely broadcasting entire seasons of television shows. Some feel as though it’s great exposure for TV shows, with streamers like xQc having over 100,000 viewers per stream. But others feel that this means over 100,000 people are watching TV shows for free without paying for a subscription or cable.