Pokimane reveals that she almost quit streaming on Twitch

Twitch’s biggest female streamer Imane “Pokimane” Anys claims she thought about retiring this year.

During a recent broadcast, Anys revealed that 2022 might’ve been her last year on Twitch had the platform’s landscape not changed dramatically.

” I was debating whether or not I should say this, but I think I might as well,” Anys stated. “If it wasn’t for that influx of female viewers, female streamers, and just more diverse community members, whether that’s people of color or other minorities within the last year or two over Covid, I think I likely would have retired from streaming this year.”

These comments came a week after Twitch banned Anys for streaming Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender on her channel. However, this likely did not influence her thoughts about possibly leaving Twitch.

Twitch Partner “pokimane” (@pokimanelol) has been banned! https://t.co/PpSflfhk6I#twitch #ban #firstban #partner #twitchpartner

— StreamerBans (@StreamerBans) January 8, 2022

“Feeling like your existence is friction in the industry that you’re in is just not fun,” Anys continued. “Like, at some stage, you’re like [expletive]. This [expletive], I wish to have a happy life. I just want to play games; it’s not that deep.”

Back in October, Anys co-founded the esports and influencer consulting firm RTS. If she leaves streaming, she may pursue other career goals.

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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