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Pokimane hits back at claims about why people really watch her on Twitch

Published: 25/Jul/2020 17:08 Updated: 27/Jul/2020 4:07

by Joe Craven

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Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys, the world’s most successful and followed female streamer, has hit back at members of the Twitch community who claim she is not watched for her “gameplay or personality”.

As the most successful female streamer in the world, it’s fair to say that Pokimane is uniquely placed in terms of the online negativity she receives.

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Twitch and gaming in general is a male-dominated internet space, and Poki has spoken out in the past about abuse and threats she has received. She even confirmed that she has been provided bodyguards to protect her at public events in the past, as a result of unwanted and threatening messages.

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Twitch star Pokimane is no stranger to hurtful comments online.

On July 24, the US-based streamer hit back at her critics, especially those who insinuate she is only watched for because of how she looks.

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“‘People don’t watch you for your personality or your gameplay’,” she mocked. “[I] just averaged 11k+ viewers with no cam, late at night, and with a 10s delay.”

The comments were followed by a sarcastic smiley face, as Pokimane proved that she still attracts viewers without being visible.

The comments are unfortunately common for Anys. Despite these claims from some of her detractors, anyone who has watched her playing video games knows she can more than hold her own, whether it’s Fortnite, League of Legends, or any number of other games.

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Fellow female streamer Valkyrae supported her friend, commenting: “Bet haters trying to think of a rebuttal but can’t think of one”.

On a similar note, DJ and prominent gamer Zedd responded to say: “Keep crushing Poki. We all love u with or without camera. :)”.

In terms of the negativity she receives regularly, Twitch have committed to clamping down on viewers who breach their terms and guidelines. It seems that some are still active, however.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.