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Imane Anys (born: May 14, 1996 (1996-05-14) [age 28]), better known online as Pokimane (or simply Poki, pronounced poké-mane),[1] is a Moroccan-Canadian YouTuber, Twitch steamer, and gamer. She is known for her Twitch livestreams of various video games including Fortnite, League of Legends, Among Us, and Valorant. She is one of the highest-followed streamers on Twitch alongside Myth and Ninja. She has been streaming on Twitch since 2012, two years before creating her channel. She is a co-founder and prominent member of OfflineTV.

Careers[]

Twitch[]

Imane has streamed on Twitch for several years. She gained 450,000 followers on Twitch in 2017, earning her account a place within the 100 most followed on the platform. As a result of her account's rise on the platform in 2017, the Shorty Awards named her as the Best Twitch Streamer of the year. The Shorty Awards detailed that her gameplay and commentary streams of League of Legends (LOL), a MOBA video game, propelled her to popularity on Twitch. Imane had a cameo appearance in a League of Legends trailer announcing a new game mode.

Imane also has been noted to stream gameplay and commentary of Fortnite, which she first streamed as part of a sponsorship. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in 2018, Epic Games, the developers of Fortnite, arranged a pro-am event. The event paired streamers with mainstream celebrities in a match of Fortnite's Battle Royale mode; Imane was paired with rapper Desiigner but shortly before the event, he was replaced with Josh Hart. In mid-March 2019, Imane addressed her declining amount of Fortnite streams, stating that she needed to "think about what I like or dislike about the content that I've been making."

Tech news site Digital Trends described her "laidback but enthusiastic personality" as "perfectly suited to long-form streams." The site also detailed that she frequently interacts with her audience of simps. Aside from streaming gaming content, Imane also streams miscellaneous real-world moments, as well as a podcast.

As one of the more popular streamers on the platform, Twitch has directly partnered with Imane. In July 2018, Twitch selected her as one of 15 ambassadors for the 2018 iteration of their TwitchCon event. A TwitchCon Ambassador is one of Twitch's partners that headlines programming for the event. Later that month, Twitch also scheduled Imane as a partner for their Twitch Creator Camp, a series of broadcasts and articles designed to help content creators build successful channels. SocialBlade, a website which tracks social media statistics, lists Imane as the 9th most followed user on Twitch, with over 9.2 million followers.[2]

YouTube[]

In addition to streaming on the Twitch, Imane also has five YouTube channels, which include:

  1. Pokimane, her main channel.
  2. Pokimane Too, her secondary channel which consists of short clips of her friends and fellow Twitch streamers.
  3. Imane, her real-life channel which mainly consists of vlogs and cooking videos.
  4. Pokimane VODS, which consists of Imane's full unedited livestreams and videos-on-demand (VOD).
  5. Poki ASMR, her channel which consisted of ASMR content. She has since deleted all of the videos in this channel.

Imane was a member and one of the co-founders of OfflineTV, a collaborative YouTube channel made up of content creators. She co-founded Offline TV together with BasedYoona, the main founder of the group Scarra, and Chris Chan (not to be confused with CwcvilleGuardian). Imane stated of the channel, "it's not fun being a streamer and living alone, so we decided to come together in a way so we not only keep each other company but we can also collab and actually do good work and content for everyone else."

In 2020, Imane debuted as a VTuber.[3]

Controversies[]

Twitch Ban[]

Part of the Twitch Meta which included notable top streamers such as XQC, Disguised Toast, Hasanabi, Mizkif, and Pokimane watching copyrighted shows such as Kitchen Nightmares, and anime. On January 7, 2022, Pokimane was banned from Twitch due to a violation of Twitch's Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) policy by live-streaming Avatar: The Last Airbender, a Nickelodeon series, licensed to Netflix. She was banned half-way through the watch party. It was confirmed by her that she has a 2 day ban and did a 1/2 day comeback stream after her ban expired on January 9.

The same day Imane's ban was lifted, Disguised Toast was also banned for a month, presumably also due to DMCA. It was then revealed by Toast that he had faked his ban by asking LilyPichu to false-copyright strike him while he was live. Toast said he did this so he could scare his audience and prank them.

Getting Hate-Raids[]

LeafyIsHere Ban[]

On August 21, 2020, Leafy was banned on YouTube for "bullying and harassment" after making 8 videos on pokimane attacking her, and asking his fanbase to hate raid her on her Twitch channel and Discord. He was later banned on Twitch, Twitter, and Instagram due to multiple offenses including racism and homophobia. A YouTube spokesperson confirmed that Leafy's ban was intentional and will be permanent, clarifying the company's stance on the type of content featured on his channel:

We have strict policies that prohibit harassment on YouTube, and we remove content that violates our policies when flagged to our attention. Channels that repeatedly violate our policies will be terminated.

―YouTube spokesperson.[4]

Following the news, Imane stated on Twitter saying:

I know i'm going to get asked this, so i'd like to clarify i had nothing to do with leafy's ban.

―Imane's response to Leafy's ban.[5]

JiDion's Permenent Ban[]

On January 12, 2021, YouTuber JiDion hate raided Pokimane by sending his fans to her chat. His fans started sending hate messages to her fanbase. Jidion recieved 14 days ban for his attack. He then went to livestream himself on Instragram telling his fanbase that pokimane banned him which resulted in his fans attacking her on every platform. Pokimane had to private her twitter account due the excessive amount of hate messages and death threats that she received. Many prominent streamers including Mizkif, Disguised Toast, Valkyrae and ConnorEatsPants voiced their support for Pokimane and denouncing hate raiding. Jidion later apologized for the hate raid by making a video on Youtube.

On February 3, 2022, JiDion tweeted a picture of him and Pokimane settling their dispute. They also made a video together on JiDion's YouTube channel.[6][7][8]

Ninja's defamation lawsuit[]

During the Jidion hate-raid controversy, Pokimane called out fellow Twitch streamer Ninja for calling her a bitch and then denying it which caused Ninja's wife, Jessica Blevins, to threaten Pokimane with a defamation lawsuit. Multiple streamers and youtubers such as Penguinz0 called out Tyler and his wife for being delusional siding with Pokimane.[citation needed]

MynaSnacks Controversy[]

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On November 14, 2023, Pokimane launched her company MynaSnacks, which mostly consisted of snacks and candies such as cookies.[9] However, many users were quick to realize that the cookies were overpriced, costing as much as $28 for 4 bags of cookies.[10][11]

Imane later responded to the criticism on a Twitch livestream with the following:

It makes my brain kaboom when people are, like, "Oh my God, $28 for cookies." It's 4 bags, that's $7 a bag. I know, I know math is hard when you’re an idiot, but like, if you're a broke boy just say so. Anyways, moving on. Moving on, moving on. If you wanna pay eight dollars for Twitter Blue, for some pixels, that's OK! That's fine. You spend your money how you want, I'll spend mine how I want, and everyone else will spend theirs how they want. That's the beauty of [having money].

―Pokimane's response to the controversy.[12]

YouTuber Penguinz0 criticized Imane's response for calling her fanbase and critics "broke boys" and insulting them, pointing out how her income is built on her entire community's back.[13]

MC Championship[]

Pokimane participated in the MC Championship 10: Team Aqua Axolotls. Teamed with Wilbur Soot, TommyInnit, and Tubbo. Placed 38th individual and her team placed 7th overall.

Trivia[]

  • Pokimane was nominated for the Content Creator of the Year Game Award in 2018.
  • She won the Twitch Streamer of the Year from the 10th Shorty Awards in 2018.
  • She has been nominated for the 2020 tenth annual Streamy Awards in the Live Streamer category.
  • She was nominated for Content Creator of the Year of the The Game Awards in 2018.
  • She was nominated for Streamer of the Year of the Esports Awards in 2019.
  • She was featured on two episodes of Marshmello's series "Cooking with Marshmello" and "Gaming with Marshmello" where they made miniature pizzas and played Forza Motorsport 7 together.
  • She has her own Fortnite emote.
  • She has made a cameo appearance together with Jacksepticeye, Ninja, DanTDM and LazarBeam on the 2021 film Free Guy, which stars Ryan Reynolds.
  • She owns her very own Talent management named rts.gg.
  • She played in PogChamps, a series of online streamer chess tournaments hosted by Chess.com. Playing against other streamers like XQC and Rubius.
  • She won the Legacy Award at The Streamer Awards in 2022.[14][15]
  • She won Best Streamer Award from Canadian Game Awards in 2022.[citation needed]

Subscriber milestones[]

Note: The following dates are according to Social Blade. Dates may vary by one or two days due to differences in time zones.

  • 1 million subscribers: April 4, 2018
  • 2 million subscribers: August 14, 2018
  • 3 million subscribers: December 23, 2018
  • 4 million subscribers: October 7, 2019
  • 5 million subscribers: May 8, 2020
  • 6 million subscribers: November 8, 2020

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