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Pokimane reveals how she was approached by a ‘Sugar Daddy’

Published: 3/Nov/2019 14:13 Updated: 3/Nov/2019 14:23

by Calum Patterson

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Top Twitch streamer Imane ‘Pokimane‘ Anys has recounted how she was approached in the street by a stranger proposing to have a “sugar daddy and a sugar baby relationship”.

As the number one female streamer on the platform, Pokimane is no stranger to getting plenty of attention while out and about, especially at the various conventions streamers attend, such as TwitchCon.

However, when simply out and about in her local neighborhood, Anys explains that she was approached at random by an unknown man, who made her an inappropriate offer.

After first tweeting about the incident back on September 24, Pokimane finally explained the story while on the Misfits podcast, revealing how it all went down.

She explains that living in a “Beverly Hills neighborhood” which is very safe and family-friendly, she had never expected such an encounter, while simply out on a coffee run.

“I start walking to my house, and he runs up behind me, and tapped me on the shoulder (…) I literally screamed a bit,” Pokimane retells it. Apparently, the man simply asked about street parking in the area first, before suggesting that this area was known for ‘sugar daddy relationships’.

Pokimane, clearly taken aback by the suggestion, simply replied: “I’m not an expert on that topic,” but the man pressed on, asking “is it a relationship that always has to be sexual?”

Stunned, the streamer simply went along with the questions and responded unwittingly, as the man explained that he wouldn’t “use a website for this sort of thing”.

“I was really just trying to dip from the conversation, and he was really trying to keep the conversation going,” Anys explained.

YouTube: PokimanePokimane with a fan at TwitchCon.

As for any interest in such an arrangement, Pokimane said she wouldn’t consider it as “Twitch income is pretty decent, I won’t lie.”

Certainly, for someone as popular as her on both Twitch and YouTube, with over 3 million followers on each platform, it can result in some very healthy monetary gain, not only through subscriptions and donations, but also sponsored streams.

She remains the biggest female streamer on the Amazon-owned website, and by a large margin too, with second-placed Amouranth over 2 million followers behind.

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LIRIK responds to people claiming El Rubius ‘copied’ his Twitch logo

Published: 17/Jan/2021 18:13

by Calum Patterson

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Veteran Twitch streamer Saqib ‘LIRIK’ Zahid was prompted by his viewers to discuss the similarities between his and El Rubius’s logos, as some fans suggested one of them had copied the other.

LIRIK has been streaming on Twitch since the very early days, and despite almost never showing his face on stream, remains one of the most popular ‘variety’ streamers on the Amazon-owned platform.

He will very consistently pull in tens of thousands of viewers, regardless of the game he is playing, and even without a facecam. Meanwhile, Rubén ‘Rubius’ Gundersen, a Spanish-Norwegian creator, first gained fame on YouTube a decade ago, but also regularly streams on Twitch.

Rubius is actually the 4th-most followed streamer on the platform, with over 8 million fans, while LIRIK boasts 2.7 million. The two serve different audiences, most obviously because one speaks English and the other Spanish.

El Rubius on Twitch
Twitter: Rubiu5
El Rubius is the most-followed non-English speaking streamer on Twitch.

But, there is one key similarity between them, and it’s something some of LIRIK’s fans pointed out – their logos.

LIRIK has used a Scottish Fold cat as the theme for his many channel emotes and logo for years, and his main logo features a cat grimacing with sharp teeth.

In January 2019, Rubius unveiled his new logo – which bore a striking similarity to the cat with sharp teeth used by LIRIK.

El Rubius and LIRIK logo
El Rubius / LIRIK
The two logos feature grimacing cats

LIRIK responds to Rubius logo comparison

Speaking on his stream, LIRIK said “There’s a streamer out there, Rubius, dude, his community is huge, I’m not even gonna- that’s like poking a f**king bee hive. So I’m not even going to say anything.”

“This is his logo, but, like, I don’t know if I had my logo before. The thing is, my logo’s kinda like, it’s a f**cking smile, there’s so many ways of looking at it. So it’s kind of like, whatever. I don’t really care. He’s probably a nice guy.”

However, LIRIK’s viewers were less sympathetic, spamming the chat with “stolen” and “DMCA” – joking about LIRIK making a copyright claim.

In fact, El Rubius’s logo strikes an even stronger resemblance to a design done for LIRIK’s merch by Rocket_Lion way back in 2017. It’s safe to say that this particular ‘cat grimace’ logo belonged to LIRIK before Rubius, who unveiled his in 2019.

There are noticeable differences too of course – Rubius’s cat is sporting a hood, and has very different eyes.

This isn’t actually the first time that LIRIK’s logo has possibly been a strong source of inspiration. In April 2020, an esports team, NOFEAR5, was accused of copying the logo too.