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Pokimane reveals why she accepted “less money” to stay with Twitch

Published: 6/Mar/2020 7:11 Updated: 6/Mar/2020 15:00

by Isaac McIntyre

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Streaming star Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has officially committed to Twitch with a multi-year exclusivity deal, and revealed why she made the big choice to stay despite accepting “less money” to stick with the Amazon-owned platform.

In the latest move in the ongoing streaming wars between heavy-hitter platforms like Twitch, Mixer, and YouTube, Pokimane has made the call to stay put, despite rumors she could have been lured away from Amazon’s site.

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After the ink had dried on the exclusive deal, the 23-year-old OfflineTV content creator took to YouTube to explain why she had made the big decision. In particular, she revealed she had taken “less money” in her current deal.

Pokimane also revealed there had indeed been other suitors in the race for her signature, and although it was “tempting” to forge a new path on another platform, she decided she “didn’t want to go to the highest bidder.”

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Despite the “life-changing money” on the line, however, Anys said no to the other deals set out in front of her. There were just too many upsides to staying with Twitch she said ⁠— not least of all keeping Twitch chat itself.

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Pokimane revealed on March 5 she had signed a multi-year exclusivity deal with Twitch.

“I won’t lie, these livestreaming exclusivity deals are big money. They’re life-changing money for any of us streamers. I got deals from many different platforms, but it really came down to just two,” she said in her March 5 video.

“Ultimately, I decided to take less money to stay on Twitch. I did a lot of research ⁠— on all of it: infrastructure, servers, delay. I hate streaming with a delay, chat interactions are really bad for me. I really hate long delays.

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“Other platforms are going to have a much longer delay [than Twitch], which sucks. You’re moving your community around to a whole other website, so interaction is that much more important to keep them around.”

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Brand recognition, comfort, and Twitch chat itself all played key roles in keeping Pokimane at Twitch, she explained.

Pokimane also listed the streamer community, a simple lack of recognition for the big-time broadcasters on other platformers, and Twitch’s infamous live chat as reasons why she was happy taking the lower offer for stability.

“All these platforms are buying the streamers when they should be buying chat. It’s iconic,” the streamer said, whispering her praises for her community.

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“I can’t imagine streaming without it, I think it would be a lot more boring. I’d rather take less money to have more fun, to be happier, to stay with my community, and still feel like I’m where everything started, and where I feel like I belong.

For mobile readers, the related segment begins at 2:21 in the video below.

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“As well, there’s just not much other recognition on other platforms,” Pokimane added as another reason she eventually decided to forego a split from Twitch.

“You could be on another site and have 10k, 20k, 30k viewers, but people won’t see you as a ‘top streamer’ because when people think of streaming they think of and exclusively look at the Twitch space. You just don’t hear about [them].”

Finally, the 23-year-old simply added she was “happy.” Avoiding the “big hassle” of jumping ship, even if it meant missing out on a “huge payday,” was fine by her. “I’m just more than happy on Twitch,” she added with a smile.

No end in sight for exclusivity streaming wars?

While Pokimane has made the choice to stick with Twitch for the foreseeable future ⁠— as have other stars like Benjamin ‘DrLupo’ Lupo and Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar ⁠— many more big-name streamers have chosen to defect.

Chief among them are Mixer duo Tyler Ninja’ Blevins and Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, both of whom ruled Twitch before they were lured away from the site by the ever-growing Microsoft platform in late 2019.

100 Thieves stars Jack ‘Courage’ Dunlop and Rachell ‘Valkyrae’ Hofstetter also left Twitch, though they both departed to the red halls of YouTube. They were joined by Aussie duo Lannon ‘Lazarbeam’ Eacott and Elliot ‘Muselk’ Watkins.

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Will we see the ongoing streaming wars end any time soon?

Finally, Facebook has weighed in on the ongoing battle for the biggest stars with their own acquisitions, including Pokimane’s OfflineTV compatriot Jeremy ‘DisguisedToast’ Wang and Smash legend Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios.

As every streaming platform continues to headhunt the biggest names in the business, it’s only a matter of time before the next streamer announces a big move — the only question now is: who will be next?

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Twitch streamer blows $5k on Genshin Impact: “It’s a learning experience”

Published: 16/Oct/2020 18:00

by Georgina Smith

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A Twitch streamer that spent thousands of dollars in free-to-play gacha game Genshin Impact has revealed that he now regrets the amount of money he spent on the endeavor, calling it a “mistake.”

Since its late September launch, miHoYo’s open world anime style game Genshin Impact has swept the internet, with millions of people downloading the game and exploring the stunning landscape without having to spend a single penny.

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However, Genshin Impact and games like it make their money via the means of a ‘gacha’ mechanic, which relies on random pulls to obtain rare characters and collectible items.

While each player is given a certain amount of chances, or ‘wishes’ as they’re referred to in the game, to secure their favorite character, the odds of getting somebody you really want is incredibly slim. This leads to people spending real world money to increase their chances of in game loot and characters.

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The action RPG has a massive open world with lots to see and do.

That’s just what streamer Lacari did, in one particularly expensive haul spending over $2000 to obtain the highly desired character Kequing.

Ask the total amount of money spent racked up he still had not achieved the result he wanted, but with one final plea to the heavens he eventually got the character he wanted.

However, it seems that since that stream, Lacari has had a certain amount of regret regarding just how much money he spent on the gacha game.

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“The game, it’s a learning experience. I learned” he explain. “If I charge back that’s not gonna teach me anything. When you commit to something you commit, you know what I mean?”

Lacari went on to say that “the money I spent is my mistake. And it is gonna be with me for the rest of my life. It is gonna be with me for the rest of my life that I spent $5000 on this f**king game. Regardless of if people quit it next week, or tomorrow.”

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“This is my mark of f**king shame dude, and I will bear that sh*t, and I will not spend another f**king dollar on games like this. We’re done. We’re free-to-play forever from now on.”

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While it seems that the regret has not put him off playing the game altogether, it certainly seems to have put a damper on his views of the game’s divisive gacha mechanic.