Overwatch Twitch streamer and Toronto Defiant member Francine “FRAN” Vo has announced that she will no longer be streaming or playing the game she is best known for. Their decision was due to some resistance to NFTs.
In response to criticism from Overwatch fans of their own NFTs, FRAN faced a backlash from parts of the game’s fanbase after a tweet claiming that the retail NFT # 1 was actually created by the Overwatch team.
She called the incident a “dumpster fire” and apologized for the tweet and her response in a lengthy tweet dated January 24.
In the post, Fran said she will no longer be streaming or playing Overwatch – even though the highly anticipated sequel, Overwatch 2, is finally released.
Speaking about her struggles with streaming, she admitted that “streaming isn’t as easy for me as it looks.”
“Since my days at Franplayshalo, I’ve been harassed almost every day, whether it’s making creepy comments in my DMs about seemingly non-consensual images. My appearance has come under constant scrutiny, which made me extremely insecure and had low self-esteem. The extreme loneliness and unhealthy habits I learned from streaming took their toll. Don’t get me started on bullying. All my self-esteem self is based on tastes and numbers. I hope I never have to go through that again.
She continued: “I mentioned earlier on the air that I was going home to take care of my parents, in particular my father had a stroke and a seizure that followed, and that’s what that I did/did.” Within months, I regained my relationship with my family, which I had left behind for the past five years, “playing video games for a living”. “
Answering the question “Will I play Overwatch again?” probably won’t, and Overwatch 2 won’t change my mind. Will I stream again? Probably not,” she concluded. “I want to close this chapter of my life and move on.”