Pokimane reveals insane costs of being a top Twitch streamer

Published: 24/Jul/2020 22:10 Updated: 10/Sep/2020 2:34

by Brent Koepp


In an interview on July 22, popular Twitch star Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys revealed the mind-blowing financial costs of running one of the most popular streaming channels on the platform.

For many, Pokimane has been one of the faces of Twitch over the last few years. The Moroccan-Canadian personality and OfflineTV alum has amassed millions of followers across her YouTube, Instagram, and social media accounts.

On July 22, the star sat down with financial YouTuber Graham Stephan to discuss the complexity of turning streaming into a business. The 24-year-old revealed the jaw-dropping expenses it can take to be an online entertainer.

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YouTube: Graham Stephan
In the interview, Pokimane reveals the complex operation structure behind her work.

The Twitch star opened up to Stephan during their interview, and broke down the number of employees she’s hired. “For a very long time, I had editors, so just people that I would commission. Then over the years, that turned into a full time editor, and then that has now become ‘I need someone to manage my editors,'” she said.

Pokimane also revealed that she hired someone to deal with companies. “I have hired a manager in general, which is someone I delegate tasks to, and that communicates with companies. They are mainly managing my day-to-day and my liaison for other companies, so I’m not the one responding to every email.”

The streamer then revealed the eye-popping amount of money she spends each month to run her operations. “Business expense by far is what I spend most of my income on. Probably like $10-20k a month just paying other people out.”

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As if that didn’t sound complex enough, Poki then laughed and added, “I forgot to mention, but I also now have like a business manager, which is just someone who handles all my finances including paying all the people I mentioned. [They] also set up meetings with investment firms, so I can decide who I work with.”

The streamer admitted that it becomes stressful having to communicate with so many people. She also explained that being a streamer is “not a 9 to 5 job” and that you have to “be ready to respond to things as they pop up.”

With all the things that happen behind the scenes, the Twitch star’s interview gives viewers a deeper insight into how much work it actually is to be an online entertainer. Especially if you want to turn into a full-time business.


Onision announces YouTube departure after demonetization

Published: 20/Jan/2021 15:48

by Alice Hearing


James ‘Onision’ Jackson has announced he will be leaving YouTube after being demonetized by the platform following a documentary looking into allegations of sexual abuse.

Onision first joined YouTube in 2006 and became well known for his comedic songs and sketches including the viral “Banana Song.”

Since then, the 35-year-old has become almost notorious for allegations against him of manipulation, grooming, and sexual abuse. This includes a range of disturbing allegations emerging in autumn 2019.

Along with a video also resurfacing of his alleged abusive behavior towards former fiancé Shiloh Hogansen — where he is filmed saying “No one will ever know how much I abuse you” — a series of young girls also came forward with allegations of grooming against him and his then-spouse Kai Anderson.

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Onision was banned and then unbanned from Twitch in 2020

Things escalated further when Chris Hansen announced in late October 2019 that he would be collaborating with the FBI on an investigation into Jackson’s behavior, with him interviewing his ex Shiloh as well as two of the young girls who accused him of grooming and manipulation: Billie Dawn Webb and Sarah.

Webb later had her phone number posted online by Jackson in a presumable retaliation against her speaking out. This led to him being banned by Patreon in November 2019 for doxxing.

Onision was also banned from Twitch in January 2020 but was quietly unbanned by the platform in October 2020, sparking a wave of outrage. Many also criticized YouTube for keeping the creator online despite the number of controversies.

However, it seems that YouTube has changed its tune. On Wednesday, January 20, Onision posted a video to his account “OnisionSpeaks” announcing that he was leaving YouTube after the platform had made the decision to demonetize his channel. In the video, he addresses and denies the allegations made against him.

He said, “unfortunately after about 14 years on the platform, because of Shiloh following through with her promise to destroy my life, destroy my career, leave me with nothing, here I am with this email telling me that everything I’ve worked for has come to an end.”

In the video he shows a screenshot of the email that the platform sent to him explaining their reasons for demonetizing his content. YouTube cites “continued allegations of off-platform behavior related to child safety that could cause significant harm to the community.”

This comes a day after Discovery+ aired the final episode of Onision: In Real Life, a documentary hosted by Chris Hansen that examines these allegations.