Streaming star Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys took the job of moderating Twitch chat into her own hands as she delivered a killer blow to one rude viewer who told her to ‘shut up.’
When streamers become popular on Twitch, they usually just have to worry about putting on a good show and keeping their fans engaged. That is usually the story for someone like Pokimane who has almost four million followers on the livestreaming platform.
However, now and again, they sometimes have to take matters into their own hands and show their moderators how things are done when viewers get a little out of hand.
That was the case during Pokimane’s February 8 stream, as she was interrupted by a rude viewer. The streamer paused the clip she was watching and pulled up her chat on-screen – showing that a recent message had told her that she needed to “shut the f**k up,” even though it was her own channel.
“You know what’s so funny? When people are in my chat saying stuff like this and they want me to shut up, but I can literally make them shut up forever,” Poki said as she immediately dished out a ban and began laughing.
“Like, I can actually do that! And he’s still sitting at home watching me talk – look, I’m talking and you, you can’t say anything! Now what, you know, now what?” Pokimane added, leaving her chat in floods of laughter as they spammed the chat.
Of course, as Poki showed, its never a good idea to try and dictate to a streamer on their very own channel – especially when they’re someone like her who keeps chat up and open to one side of the screen.
Maybe next time, the trolls might get lucky and have a similar message slip through the cracks, but they should be aware that the streamer is watching and isn’t afraid to dish out a suspension.