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Pokimane explains why she turned down $3 million sponsorship deal

Published: 27/Jan/2020 10:18

by Matt Porter

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Popular Twitch streamer Imane ‘Pokimane‘ Anys confirmed that she received a sponsorship offer worth $3 million, but explained why she decided to turn it down despite admitting that she didn’t have that much money in her bank account.

Using streamers to promote your product or game has become increasingly popular over the last few years, with companies recognizing the power of using content creators to advertise to their loyal fanbase, with thousands of people tuning in to the biggest streamers daily to watch them.

This offers these creators incredible new ways to make money and increase their revenue, and when fellow streamer Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein revealed that he had brought a $3 million offer to Pokimane, he was stunned to see her turn it down, revealing that he expected her to take it instantly.

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Pokimane explained why she turned down the massive sponsorship offer.

Talking together on Sunday, January 27, Reckful revealed that he had come to Pokimane with the sponsorship deal, saying: “I messaged her and said ‘I have an offer for you, someone wants to pay you $3 million to do this, and it’s not even that bad a thing to do.’

“She said no. She actually was like; ‘No, it’s crazy.’ I was like holy sh*t, she said no. I really thought you were going to say yes, but then I tried to go empathetic and then I [realized] that it doesn’t make sense for [you], but I’m sure $3 million is a lot. You’re 23, when I was 23 I had $1300 in my bank account.”

“I don’t have $3 million in my bank account and that’s why I’m saying no,” the Canadian replied. “I said no because I’m doing fine in life, I’m doing well enough to not want to do things for money that I don’t naturally want to do, even if it’s $3 million.”

While the pair did confirm the amount on offer, neither revealed the exact nature of the sponsorship, although it doesn’t appear to have been an offer to jump ship to a rival platform, but rather a sponsorship deal that she decided didn’t suit her.

Reckful himself did break some massive news of his own during the Twitch broadcast too, sharing that he recently completed a massive work deal with a tech conglomerate worth $177 million.

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Paige breaks down on Twitch as WWE’s streaming crackdown kicks in

Published: 30/Oct/2020 13:10

by David Purcell

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WWE superstar Paige, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis, broke down in front of her fans on Twitch after the news came through that her employers had started cracking down on talent engaging on third-party platforms. 

Under their new restrictions, the sports entertainment company will take proceeds from their stars streaming under the wrestling names. For example, Paige’s donations on Twitch would previously be paid to her directly, but in the future that will not be the case.

In response to the measures, stars like her and AJ Styles have decided to stop streaming for a period of time – until more suitable terms can be agreed between both parties.

For a wrestler like Paige, though, who is injured – this was a difficult pill to swallow.

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Paige, like many other WWE stars, has a huge following on social media.

Paige gets devastating news on Twitch

On October 29, the British star – who hails from Norwich, England – decided to cancel her stream after receiving the news on her phone while live.  In the spur of the moment, she walked off-stream for a short while before returning to the screen. Tears flowing down her face, she started to explain what was happening.

The Twitch broadcast VOD itself has been muted in certain areas, potentially due to the music being played in the background. So, clips are quite hard to come by on there, but some have posted the comments to YouTube.

Bevis said: “There may be a time where I have to stop streaming. I’ll have to walk away. If I have to leave, we have to make today and Saturday f***ing crazy. I’ve honestly gotten to the point where I cannot deal with this company anymore. Now I have to make a very important decision.

“Over f***ing worked. I broke my f***ing neck twice for this company. They don’t realize that this community isn’t about subs. We build a community and family where this is an escape for a lot of people, including myself. I can’t wrestle anymore. I was worked so hard in WWE that I can’t wrestle anymore because my neck is f***ed. My whole dreams got taken away. I had to have something that fulfilled that huge f***ing void that I lost with wrestling.”

Twitch has been an escape for injured Paige

The star injured her neck back in 2017 and has since even returned to the ring. At the time of her stream, though, she is out with another injury and unable to compete. Turning to Twitch, she has built up quite the following – with almost 150,000 people following her channel.

After that, she confirmed that she plans to continue streaming one way or another, and will see where that takes her. During the livestream, Paige revealed going live on the streaming website wasn’t for the donations and subscriber payments, but instead, an escape.

She added: “I understand if they’re like, ‘you’re wrestling every day and doing shows every day,’ but I’m an injured wrestler. I get used for media stuff, sometimes, but at the end of the day, I’m in my house going f***ing crazy and I need something to keep me sane.

“Twitch was my escape. Right now, I’m just sitting on my f***ing ass. People think I should be thankful that I still have a job, and I am, but it doesn’t mean I should be treated like f***ing shit. I had my neck taken away from me twice. You can’t take away my Twitch too.”

It appears to be heating up in the battle between employees and their employer. There’s a good chance WWE superstars take further action in the dispute too, as Paige mentioned potential unionization and hiring a lawyer, so it could be about to get a whole lot messier.