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Pokimane explains why streaming makes her feel “less lonely”

Published: 18/Nov/2019 6:58

by Isaac McIntyre

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Twitch superstar Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has revealed exactly what she loves so much about streaming to hundreds of thousands of fans every day, and why what she does means so much to her.

According to the celebrity streamer, who boasts more than 3.5 million followers on Twitch and hit 4 million YouTube subscribers earlier this week, streaming culture is all about “looking for a way to feel a little bit less lonely.”

Everyone “in this day and age” is looking for a way to feel like they’re hanging out with other people and having a good time, Anys said, and revealed that was one of her favorite things about being a streamer: that she can brighten people’s days.

Twitch: PokimanePokimane began streaming in 2012, often playing League of Legends.

“I really like the feeling of being able to impact someone’s day, hopefully positively, and sometimes just noticing someone’s comment and reacting to it, and creating enjoyable and entertaining moments for everyone that’s watching,” she said.

“In this day and age, we’re all just looking for a way to feel a little bit less lonely, and I think livestreaming does that really well. Seriously, that’s how I feel. That’s what I really love about it… that I can make someone’s day better.”

Her chat erupted in agreement with her, which the Twitch star took to mean she was on the right track with her sentiments as well: “You know it’s true when the whole chat starts spamming “True!” when I say that.”

Pokimane also expressed her love of Twitch’s format, especially the way that chat can interact with the streaming stars, and said just sitting down for hours and talking to her fans is her “favorite thing to do.”

She also added the chance to spam emotes and laugh at inside jokes — basically what Twitch is known for — helped her “be comfortable in front of hundreds of people” because it felt like she was just “hanging and talk to them all at once.”

HyperXThe streaming star recently hit 4 million subscribers on YouTube.

The Twitch star spends most of her time in the Just Chatting category of the website, while dabbling in popular games like Fortnite and League of Legends. She’s also involved with OfflineTV’s regular podcast, and a handful of IRL streams.

Her love of games, which comes across during her broadcasts, isn’t a facade that she’s put up either. The 23-year-old admitted she often spends “hours and hours” playing games after she switches off the camera, mainly LoL or Minecraft.

“If I want to chill out, I’ll just go back to playing games,” she explained. “Right now I’m really in a mood to play League of Legends, and I was on a Minecraft kick. It’s such a relaxing game to just turn your brain off, and play all night.”

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While there’s many that adore the Twitch superstar, it seems like Pokimane isn’t unanimously loved by her fellow streamers — the Moroccan online celebrity allegedly got on art streamer 39daph’s bad side following a series of private messages regarding being unfollowed on Twitter.

For the most part, however, Pokimane is a fairly popular figure in the streaming world, regularly receiving gifts from her fans, and even being propositioned by someone wanting to be her ‘sugar daddy’ while at TwitchCon in September.

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Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

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Jake Paul / Conor McGregor
Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”

 

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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”