In the event you scroll towards the underside of Twitch’s homepage, you’ll see a curious carousel: “In all probability Synthetic, Hopefully Clever,” a subsection of livestreams devoted to and powered by AI. It’s bizarre, as you’d anticipate, however tucked in there’s something weirder. There’s an AI model of megastar Félix “xQc” Lengyel. And y’all, if this wasn’t AI, it’d be nigh indistinguishable from the true factor.
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When you could primarily know xQc as a livestreamer—he’s obtained almost 12 million followers on the Amazon-owned livestreaming platform—he additionally had an illustrious however quick esports profession, taking part in the tank function on the Dallas Gasoline throughout the Overwatch League’s inaugural 2017 season. He received the MVP award at that yr’s Overwatch World Cup match, incomes a suspension right here and a suspension there for throwing video games and making homophobic remarks, finally bowing out of OWL solely earlier than the 2018 season formally obtained underway. Since then, he’s made fairly the profession for himself, reportedly changing into one of many richest streamers, as evidenced by the non-exclusive $100 million cope with the Stake.com-funded Kick he signed this previous June. Hey, get that bag. I simply wasn’t anticipating to see an AI attempt to take his place so quickly.
If it talks like xQc and appears like xQc, then…
It’s creepy, truly. AI xQc seems like the true factor and makes use of the identical lingo as the true factor, and he largely performs the indie platformer Solely Up!. He virtually even seems like the true factor with one essential distinction: He articulates a lot clearer than xQc, who, as a local French speaker, talks with an accent and slightly rapidly—one thing he’s acknowledged as a barrier to watching his streams. So, AI xQc is simpler to know as he takes questions from chatters.
One individual requested if he’s homosexual throughout a July 17 livestream—”I’ve all the time been into women, however all love, no hate,” he mentioned—whereas one other questioned if he appreciated the League of Legends cellular spin-off Wild Rift—”The entire expertise is fairly pog,” he replied. Generally, the solutions are thought-provoking. Different instances, it’s simply memes. Now and again, his sentences abruptly finish as his mouth uncannily flaps open. However both method, it’s giving body-snatched xQc, and that’s unsettling.
It’s unclear who runs the channel. The About part solely has a listing of guidelines and penalties, together with stipulations towards hate speech and private assaults, however there aren’t any particulars on who’s behind AI xQc or what tech is concerned. It’s “not affiliated with xQc, only a fan,” per the Twitch description. However contemplating what powered AI Jesus, know-how such because the text-to-speech software program Play.ht and the chatbot generator ChatGPT4 (or one thing comparable) are probably what make up the spine of this synthetic streamer. This isn’t the primary AI xQc, both. There was one earlier in Could that blew the true xQc’s thoughts (primarily as a result of it mentioned the n-word whereas singing a canopy of Eazy-E’s “Boyz-N-The-Hood”). And one other one constructed by the “finest gamer on the earth” and problematic figurehead Bachir “Athene” Boumaaza that was kinda bizarre.
Kotaku reached out to xQc for remark.
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AI xQc hasn’t been stay in a couple of week now, however it pulled in over 1,500 concurrent viewers the final time it broadcast, garnered tens of 1000’s of views on its earlier streams, and racked up over 8,000 followers. Certain, it’s obtained a protracted strategy to go earlier than it even comes near the true xQc’s virtually 12 million follower rely, but when AI xQc retains placing up numbers like these, it may not be that lengthy earlier than AI actually does exchange him—and us. A terrifying future, no?