Pokimane explains why she “doesn’t belong” in LA with other influencers

Published: 24/Feb/2020 0:11

by Brent Koepp


While on a trip to Canada, Twitch star Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys opened up about her feelings about living in Los Angeles. The personality explained why she feels she “doesn’t belong” in the California city.

Pokimane is the top female streamer on Twitch, and an entertainment juggernaut with millions of subscribers across her Instagram, and YouTube accounts.

However during her February 23 upload, the Moroccan-Canadian got real with her audience and explained the downsides of living in LA with other influencers.

Pokimane opens up about “not belonging” in LA

The streamer uploaded the clip to her second YouTube channel ‘Pokimane Too’ which she uses to post more personal content. “I filmed something while I was in Canada, where I talked about how I feel living on the West Coast. Living in a very influencer intensive area,” she began.

She then said that she didn’t think Los Angeles would ever feel like home. “So much of the time when I’m home, I’m reminded of things I don’t like about LA. But there is just certain things that make East Coast feel like home, and I feel like I’ll never be able to get that in LA,” the streamer continued.

The Twitch star explained that she felt out of place in the California city. “I just don’t know if the environment is really right for me. I would feel better or feel like I fit in more in a city back in Canada. Or maybe elsewhere in the United States.”

Instagram: @pokimanelol
Pokimane is one of the most popular streamers on Twitch.

The OfflineTV personality then explained why she doesn’t like LA culture, citing people treating her different based on her subscriber count. “People just care about what you do, and what value you bring them. Not so much, who you are. Where you’re from. What’s going on in your life.”

Pokimane also stated that friends in the US city were out of convenience. “The majority of them I feel like they are friends of convenience. Which really sucks to say. They’re people that if I stopped doing what I’m doing, they’re not going to check up on me. They’re not going to want to continue a friendship with me,” she said.

The Twitch streamer then wondered where she might end up living. “I guess I just wonder where I’ll end up living long term. I wonder if I’ll ever come to a point where I just don’t really want to be in LA anymore.”

(Timestamp 01:55 for mobile users.)

Despite feeling down about living in Los Angeles, the streamer clarified that she was feeling “nostalgic” when she recorded it as she was back at home in Canada at the time.

The video is a good reminder that despite being famous and having millions of followers, anyone can feel lonely or like they don’t belong. Streamers often face people who only know them due to the medium’s intimate environment.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

Twitter: @ArnauVidal
A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.