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Pokimane defends going after YouTuber’s sponsor over “anti-simp” video

Published: 21/Jun/2020 19:55 Updated: 10/Sep/2020 2:35

by Brent Koepp

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On June 18, Twitch star Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys defended her actions after she called out the sponsor of content creator ‘ItsAGundam.’ The popular streamer hit out at the YouTuber after he jokingly called her fans “simps” in a video in May.

During a May 16 broadcast, Pokimane launched into a rant against YouTuber ItsAGundam after he mocked her fans. The streamer hit out at the company that sponsored him, and criticized them for putting their name behind a video that “talked s**t” on her for over 20 minutes.

The Twitch star received backlash for her actions from some viewers who were upset that she went after another creator’s sponsorship deal. However a month later, the personality defended her actions, and explained why she thinks calling out companies for who they back is sometimes justified.

Twitch: Pokimane
The Twitch star called out a company for sponsoring a video mocking her fans.

Pokimane defends herself after sponsorship backlash

The streamer had just announced her clothing brand partnership with YouTubers Jacksepticeye and Markiplier when her controversy with ItsAGundam was brought up in the comments. Responding, the Moroccan-Canadian argued that it’s okay to go after sponsors depending on the content. “I don’t condone going after someone or their sponsors simply [because] you disagree with them or [because] you dislike them…I also think content that spreads lies, misinformation, and insults based on their looks shouldn’t be sponsored,” she tweeted.

In a second tweet, she followed up by stating that the size of the Gundam’s channel was irrelevant, and that content like his can be damaging for both the subject being made fun of and their fans. “That sort of thing can traumatize people/fans + cause a lot of unnecessary hate. I understand if you disagree with my stance, but this is just my opinion, as you are allowed to have and share yours.”

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Twitter: @pokimanelol
The Twitch star defender her actions in a tweet on June 18.

Her post immediately sparked backlash from users such as ‘hiimmrci’ who argued that her rant against the YouTuber sent her fanbase to “attack his video, channel and sponsors.” Replying, the Twitch star exclaimed, “Have you ever considered the hate I get from videos that call me a th*t for no reason / lie about my fans? I specifically tell my viewers to not attack others.”

pokimane tweet
Twitter: @pokimanelol
Pokimane’s defense of going after sponsors sparked new backlash.

ItsAGundam himself reacted to her defense on June 20, and was confused by her claims that he had “lied” about her. “So now I made the video to lie on her? she keeps spinning the narrative…I admitted my mistake, I made the video to laugh at funny tweets,” he said.

Twitter: @GundamIsHere
It’sAGundam responded to Pokimane and was baffled by her statement.

After users pressed the Twitch star further about her saying the YouTube personality had lied, she clarified what her issue with the clip was. “The tweets he showed were blatant jokes/memes and he created a whole false narrative around it. They’re not real [people] going homeless from donations. I didn’t watch the full video and I’m not inclined to considering what I’ve already seen,” she tweeted on June 19.

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Twitch: Pokimanelol
The Twitch personality explained how she thinks Gundam’s video lied about her.

The popular streamer then told her followers that she had no desire to speak further on the issue, and reiterated her stance on the whole on the incident. Gundam has not commented further, except for a tweet that joked “Poki NOOOOo people were forgetting!”

Regardless of where you fall on the topic of content creators calling out sponsors, it has become a heated issue within the community lately. In May, both YouTubers Ethan’ h3h3′ Klein and Daniel ‘Keemstar’ Keem had sponsorships dropped after the companies were brought up in their feud.

Despite the backlash, Pokimane continues to be a dominant force on Twitch. At the time of writing, the star has amassed over 5.1 million followers to her channel. In June, she announced that she’s moving out of the OfflineTV house to live with some of her close friends.

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Tommyinnit reveals he used to stream snipe Shroud before he was famous

Published: 20/Jan/2021 11:22 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 11:27

by Calum Patterson

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Tommyinnit might be the most popular streamer on Twitch right now, averaging over 200,000 concurrent viewers for his sporadic Minecraft streams, but it turns out he used to be a massive shroud fanboy. In fact, he was one of shroud’s infamous stream snipers.

Stream sniping is the practice of using a streamer’s broadcast to gain information about the game they are playing – either to get an unfair advantage, or simply to join their game and troll them.

During the height of PUBG’s popularity in 2017, shroud was the biggest streamer on Twitch, and had an army of loyal stream snipers who would try endlessly to get into his matches.

Shroud’s stream snipers weren’t like others though – instead of trying to kill him, they would sing him songs, give him weapons and armor, or try to save his life when under attack.

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Twitch: Shroud
Tommyinnit would get into shroud’s game’s to troll.

Tommyinnit admits shroud stream sniping

Although it’s against the rules of most games and of Twitch itself, Tommyinnit has admitted that when he was 14, back in 2017, he loved both PUBG and shroud, and would spend hours up late trying to get into his games.

And he was successful too – often matching up with him, and trying to save his life from actual enemies attacking him. Shroud eventually became familiar with Tommy’s name, and would say hello to him. In a video on his second channel, Tommyoutit, came clean about all of his stream sniping antics.

In one session, shroud even talked to Tommy about playing Minecraft, the game that he’s so well-known for now.

But, it turns out that Tommyinnit made this video because it wasn’t just years ago in PUBG that he was stream sniping shroud. When he recently saw shroud on a Minecraft server with proximity chat, he had to try it again for old times sake.

Unfortunately, shroud didn’t seem to be enjoying himself at all this time around, and soon after left the server – though not before killing Tommyinnit’s character, twice.

Although stream sniping is technically against the rules on Twitch, we’re sure the platform will let this one slide, as it was all in good fun. The real question is whether shroud has made the connection that one of his old stream snipers is now one of the biggest names on Twitch alongside him.