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Pokimane reveals how she realized Twitch streaming could be a career

Published: 24/Jul/2020 2:36 Updated: 24/Jul/2020 2:48

by Alan Bernal

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At this point, Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys is synonymous with Twitch’s platform, but it wasn’t always like that. The streaming star has revealed just when she realized streaming could work for her as a career.

Making it on Twitch is a nerve-wracking endeavor that many passionate content creators are also keen to take. The road to converting a stream or YouTube channel into a sustainable living is fraught with potential pitfalls at every turn, however.

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Pokimane took those challenges as they came, year-after-year until she found herself with a merchandise line, multiple social media accounts with millions of followers each, and a list of employees to keep the content machine rolling.

Sitting down with YouTuber Graham Stephan, Pokimane explained what happened during her time in college to make her realize she could make a full-time career out of streaming.

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Pokimane’s streaming career now spans merch, other verticals, and a team behind her to make it all happen.

“It was really when I saw the connection to brands and projects with them, that I could see [streaming] as a business or a long-term job,” she said about the viability of streaming outside of some donations and Twitch subs.

This means a steady source of brand deals, promotions, or partnerships that could raise her profile to even bigger heights. “It got to a point where one month, I made like $10,000+ in just brand deals. And once that happened, I was like ‘oh, okay, this can actually be a job.'”

Her decision-making has revolved around a simple mantra since even before she made it big in streaming: “My mindset has never changed from when I was in high school to where I am now in terms of ‘I feel like if I can make $100k in a year, then you’re set.’”

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While early in her stream life she had a steady source of community donations, Pokimane said she needed a more reliable structure of support to really let herself commit to streaming as her main source of income.

“I always felt like I couldn’t see streaming as a full-blown job if it was always reliant on whether or not people wanted to donate to me, wanted to subscribe to me or trying to incentive people to subscribe,” she said.

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To many, streaming can be a fun pastime, but people like Pokimane learned the best ways of turning one the camera to build something that creates more than just a VOD.

From that general scheme, it has since expanded to having an agent, a content manager, a team of editors, and so much more to keep the business thriving.

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Twitch streamer shocked after viewer sends him 126 lbs of cranberry sauce

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:02

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular Twitch streamer ‘TheStockGuy’ was left speechless after receiving 126 lbs of cranberry sauce in the mail from one of his viewers in a hilarious prank.

Twitch is one of the net’s most popular live streaming platforms, and rightfully so; the site is home to a slew of hilarious and shocking moments that happen in real-time, from everything to doors falling on unlucky streamers in the middle of video games to viewers rescuing streamers’ trapped cats.

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However, some of these on-stream occurrences are downright strange, and many streamers have received the odd occasional gift from their viewers, including that time when Pokimane received a body pillow with a photo of herself on it.

While streamers having a public P.O. Box to receive gifts from fans is not uncommon, very often the things they receive are; and Twitch streamer TheStockGuy became the subject of a seriously weird present of sorts.

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Twitch star “Pokimane” has received a slew of strange gifts from fans – one of which was a body pillow with her own face on it.

During an October 6 broadcast, TheStockGuy — who has gained notoriety on the platform for educating his viewers about finances and the stock market — revealed he’d been sent 126 lbs of Ocean Spray brand cranberry sauce.

“What is wrong with you people?” the streamer asked, seeming genuinely baffled by the situation. “Somebody sent me 126 lbs of cranberry sauce! What — where am I supposed to put this? Isn’t there some charity or something this money could go to?”

Although the he appeared to be utterly flummoxed by the viewers’ decision, he decided to make the best of the unexpected prank, stating that he would donate the sauce to his local food bank for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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“I mean — you know what? Joke’s on you!” he continued. “I’m giving this to the local food shelter for thanksgiving, so they don’t have to purchase cranberry sauce! That’s right — we’re making something good out of this!”

It seems that TheStockGuy’s viewers found the scenario to be completely hilarious — and while it certainly is worth a hearty chuckle, it’s good to know that the broadcaster is putting his viewer’s practical joke to good use, in the end.

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