Pokimane reveals the worst part of being a YouTuber and Twitch streamer - Dexerto

Pokimane reveals the worst part of being a YouTuber and Twitch streamer

Published: 28/Mar/2019 11:47 Updated: 28/Mar/2019 12:28

by David Purcell


YouTuber Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has opened up to her fans about the struggles that come with being a full-time internet personality, explaining how it can both bring a sense of loneliness and, at times, an ‘inflated sense of ego’. 

Pokimane hosted an ‘ask me anything’ session on her Instagram story and many of her fans used the opportunity to delve deeper into the content creator’s life, away from her recording setup. 

With the topics of her answers ranging from the things she would tell her 16-year-old self and some of the more darker elements of being a YouTuber, there was a lot to be learned from this Q&A.

Pokimane, TwitterPokimane would dish out some frank advice to her 16-year-old self.

What would Pokimane say to her 16-year old self? 

Pokimane is 22 years old and has over 3.4 million YouTube subscribers at the time of writing, not to mention another 4 million followers between both Instagram and Twitter. 

However, despite that success, when asked about any advice she would give her 16-year-old self, she did have quite a bit to say. 

“If I could give advice to my 16-year-old self I would probably say something along the lines of ‘stop worrying so much about being who other people want you to be’, or changing yourself to be more palatable to others,” she said. 

The life of a YouTuber  

When asked about the secrets that YouTubers keep to themselves, she decided to lay out some of the pros and cons of her job. 

While Pokimane admits that it’s nice to be her own boss and have the opportunity to pursue different things, her explanation of the lifestyle that comes with this type of career might not be as exciting or glamorous as many of her fans might have imagined. 

“Your entire life becomes your job,” she said. “[The] Isolating lifestyle or habits, which can lead to loneliness, can have an inflated sense of ego as well as insecurities, both brought on by the amount of comments streamers get on a daily basis, aka attention and criticism.

Pokimane rakes in the views on her YouTube videos.

Pokimane’s view on the media

Being a YouTuber brings some intense scrutiny where the media is concerned, she says, both the mainstream and social media. In the past, people have dug up old clips of Pokimane where she allegedly used racial slurs, for example. 

When asked about the one thing that she would change about the world right now, the 22-year old called for everybody to think more about others. “More empathy and compassion for others and ourselves,” she responded. “Social media and traditional media has desensitized us a lot in my opinion.”

Pokimane has taken part in campaigns with other high profile Twitch streamers in the past, promoting the ever-growing industry of online content creators. 

Final advice from Pokimane

Pokimane’s ‘AMA’ session with fans might have included some advice already and even some insight into what it takes to be a YouTuber, but her takeaway advice for fans – who might not know what they want to do in life – had a very personal touch. 

“It’s OK to not know what you want to do,” she told a concerned fan. “I had a mid-life crisis in high school, university and still have those sometimes. Don’t think you’re the only one and just do your best to analyze yourself and your desires.” 


Tyler1 amazes Smash Ultimate pros after battling MkLeo on Twitch

Published: 28/Nov/2020 1:38

by Andrew Amos


Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp faced off against the number one Smash Ultimate player, Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ López Pérez, in what was meant to be a fun T1 crossover. Instead, the League challenger got to work, trash talking and smashing about the best in the world.

Tyler1 doesn’t do anything by halves. He’s loud, and has the personality to match. He revs up his Twitch stream to hundreds of thousands of adoring fans daily, who are there not for the gameplay, but for the Tyler1 ride.

Those who caught the streamer’s November 27 cast were certainly in for a ride. The League of Legends star collided with Smash Ultimate’s biggest name, MkLeo.

It makes sense a crossover between the two was inevitable ⁠— with both being part of prestigious organization T1 ⁠— but the action exceeded everyone’s expectations. Of course, Tyler1 got trounced by MkLeo. However, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t able to get a stock or two, and the League streamer let the Smash pro know about it.

“Leo, I don’t think you’re that good dude. How bad are Smash players if I almost f**king beat you,” Tyler1 said, while struggling to get more than half a stock on average every game.

MkLeo didn’t take it lying down though. “You’re so bad that you’re really good at the same time,” he hit back with.

Tyler1 kept frying the big fish though. Next on his stop of trash talk was Leffen. “Leffen is a scrawny p*ssy a** b*tch. Kid sucks at f**king Smash. Rages at a children’s game, f**king loser,” he said, which had MkLeo in stitches. He had enough slaptalk for Samsora and other pros too.

Fans were also treated to some iconic Tyler1 reactions, and there was none bigger than the streamer’s bewilderment at Arsene, Joker’s Persona. “What the hell is that? Did you just enter a cheat code, bud? Are you cheating?”

After it was all said and done though, the crossover did what it intended to do. It united the League of Legends and Smash communities, and entertained everyone in the crossover that no one really wanted, but they definitely enjoyed.

“Playing and chilling with [Tyler1] really made me realize what it is to be a streamer and a gamer. Loved his personality and him as a person, looking forward to more collaborations like these,” MkLeo said on Twitter.

“T1 playing smash with Leo was actually so godlike. Makes me actually want to play league more and see if I can get to further than Masters,” Samsora also added on Twitter.

Tyler1 kept his side of the story nice and quaint though: “It was pretty fun.”