Why imQuazii deleted his World of Warcraft characters

Twitch partner and veteran World of Warcraft player, imQuazii recently deleted his various characters in the game due to Activision Blizzard’s lawsuit

World of Warcraft has been a powerful force in the massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming genre for a long time, which means that it has had years to accumulate complaints and frustrations. Gamers have been criticizing the game for as long as it has been around, but after 10 years of dedicated play, one discouraged World of Warcraft fan deleted his characters during a livestream on Sunday, 1 August 2021.

Twitch partner, imQuazii is a seasoned World of Warcraft (WoW) fan who has played for a decade, but he recently held a stream titled, “The last WoW Stream? The last one for the road. It has been 10 great years.” In the stream, imQuazii shared his past experiences with the game, and said goodbye to important in-game areas, while he logged in and out of his various characters, trying to get things right for his final farewell.

Unfortunately, his emotional farewell got complicated as things went wrong with his user interface (UI). The number of errors he encountered while trying to give WoW a proper goodbye perhaps say something about how much the game’s development has been impacted by the Activision Blizzard lawsuit.

The streamer thanked World of Warcraft for all the good memories it gave him over the years, before listing the reasons why he decided to quit the game for good. ImQuazii revealed that the Battle For Azeroth expansions frustrated him, and that the changes in the Shadowlands expansion hindered gameplay. He admitted that even though raids are still fun, the game itself is in a very bad state, as the developers are not listening to the community’s feedback.

ImQuazii further stated that like many other protesting Word of Warcraft players, the reveal of the sexual harassment lawsuit damaged his faith in the company. In the final part of the livestream, viewers saw the streamer deleting his characters one by one, and announcing to the chat that he was really done with the game.

The livestream footage was taken with a grain of salt on a Reddit thread, as deleted characters can allegedly be restored. One person stated that if ImQuazii was truly trying to render his account unusable, he would request a ban or terminate it. However, others pointed out that this video is more symbolic than anything else. According to them, it serves as proof that WoW, and thus Activision Blizzard, is cutting off some of its most dedicated players, and it is not due to players being tired of WoW’s subscription model.