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Pokimane left stunned after Twitch fan makes awkward refund demand

Published: 10/Apr/2020 4:43

by Isaac McIntyre

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Streaming superstar Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys was left speechless after one of her Twitch fans demanded a refund for a series of $2 donations made to the online personality over the past week.

Twitch streaming goes hand-in-hand with regular donations. Huge names on the platform like Dr Disrespect, Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, and of course Pokimane will often get hundreds of dollars worth of ‘donos’ across any given broadcast.

For Twitch’s biggest names, regular donations accompanied by messages rolling in is normal. What isn’t, however, is those same fans asking for a refund. That meant when one of Anys’ fans demanded their $6 back, she was shocked.

Pokimane was hit with the refund request just minutes into her April 9 broadcast. While she was still just getting settled in, a $2 donation from ‘matthill’ popped up. In it, the fan revealed they had lost their job, and needed the money back.

“I hate to ask this because I really enjoy and want to support the stream,” the donation began, “but do you mind refunding the $6 I sent over three donations four days ago. Restaurant closed and as a waiter I lost my income.”

Pokimane gets plenty of donations every broadcast, but was blindsided by a refund request in her latest stream.
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Pokimane gets plenty of donations every broadcast, but was blindsided by a refund request in her latest stream.

Pokimane was stunned, and sat in silence for a moment. Perhaps she was stunned by the fans’ predicament, or was simply figuring out how to reply next. Eventually, she admitted she couldn’t tell if it was a joke or not.

“I can’t tell if you’re joking. If you’re being serious, why would you give me more money to ask me to give you your money back?” she replied, before adding it would be “so difficult” for her to dig through her donations to send it back.

“So difficult for me to find that donation,” she said. She did have some advice for the viewer though, just in case their plight was real. “The best thing you can do is just refund it through PayPal. I’ll try and accept it. I hope you’re joking though.”

Pokimane is far from the first Twitch star to have to deal with refund requests, but she may have handled it better than most ⁠— last time notoriously boisterous streamer xQc was asked to refund a donation, he exploded.

While Pokimane offered a solution for refunds, fellow streamer Lengyel said he “didn’t care” about figuring them out because the donos were so low. He also dubbed the mom who said her kid had wrongly donated a “f**king hag.”

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TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

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Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.