Imane Anys (born: May 14, 1996, 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, and Among Us. She is one of the highest-followed streamers on Twitch alongside Myth and Ninja.), better known online as Pokimane (or simply Poki, pronounced poké-mane)
She has been streaming on Twitch ever since 2012, two years before creating her channel. She has a second channel called Poki ASMR in which she uploads ASMR content. She is a prominent member of OfflineTV.
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 8.4 million followers.
On January 7, 2022, Imane 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.
Multiple streamers like Captain Puffy reacted to her ban and has said that its justifyable regarding to the ban. InTheLittleWood also reacted to the ban and has said that Imane deserved the ban and wants xQC, Disguised Toast and other more to also get banned as they also make watch parties.
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.
On January 31, 2022, Imane announced her 2-year contract with Twitch had ended, and would return on February 8, 2022. It is rumored that she will either re-sign with Twitch, move to YouTube Gaming or Facebook Gaming. On February 8, 2022, She re-signed with Twitch for 1-year.
In addition to streaming on the Twitch platform, Imane also has two YouTube channels: Pokimane and Poki ASMR. The former includes clips of her gaming content, vlogs, and podcast. The latter channel is currently inactive and features videos that are part of a broader community of autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) channels. Like other channels in the community, Imane creates ASMR experiences for her viewers, with the intent of triggering pleasant tingling sensations.
Imane is 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, Scarra and Chris Chan (not to be confused with CwcvilleGuardian). However, Scarra is the main founder of the group. Speaking about the channel, Imane stated, "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."
Using derogatory terms and doing drugs live
Commentary YouTuber LeafyIsHere revealed a video of Imane saying the N-word twice in a stream back in 2014, as well other old stream footage of Imane doing lines of cocaine. Imane denied the video and called the uploader a "mysogonist" and said that "if a man did the same thing in that video, everyone would cheer him on."
Distain of Criticism
False Copyright Strikes
Attacking ItsAGundam and Ridge Wallet
In May 2020, Imane criticized It'sAGundam for a video that discusses one of her fans going bankrupt in order to pay for his monthly subscription. She decided to copyright claim the video due to her distain of criticism. She also decided to attack Ridge Wallet for sponsoring the video, and they ended up dropping him because of the negative backlash. This sparked a negative reception amongst certain other notable YouTubers, such as PewDiePie, and Leafy, as they claimed it showed she didn't know how to accept criticism.
Attacking Keemstar and Bowblax
In 2020, Keemstar was fighting against a simp of Imane's on Twitter, and said that Pokimane's content was a "2/10". Imane made a video about her apperance and bashed Keemstar and his personal life. Bowblax, a YouTuber known for reading tweets and summarizing drama on YouTube, was given a copyright strike by Imane due to her distain of criticism. She stated that "he doesn't make original content". The claim was removed and followed up with an apology after PewDiePie called her out for her behavior.
In July 2020, LeafyIsHere returned to YouTube after a 3-year hiatus with a video called the "Content Nuke", by critisizing Imane for her false copyright strikes and her conflict with It'sAGundam and Bowblax by calling it "petty", while also calling out her fanbase for being a group of perverts, and made the hashtag #PokimaneBoyfriend. Leafy continued to use Imane in his thumbnails and titles of 6 other videos, without any relation to her.
After getting a massive amount of backlash, Imane uploaded an apology video and announced that she would take a one month break starting August 6, 2020. Imane returned to Twitch streaming on September 10 of the same year.
On August 21, 2020, Leafy was banned on YouTube, and later on Twitch, Twitter, and Instagram due to "bullying and harassment". 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, per The Verge:
|“||"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."||”|
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 on Twitter
JiDion's Permenent Ban
On January 12, 2021, YouTuber JiDion celebrated his partnership with Twitch by spamming "L + ratio" to Anys' chat during a raid, as well as calling out the simps by saying 'She is getting dicked down" as a reference to her possible relationship with Kevin. Imane ended her stream prematurely and demanded Twitch to get JiDion banned for 14 days. However, on January 13, 2022, Imane ranted on stream to show Twitch to ban JiDion permenently in a stream, which was deemed. Imane went on to criticize Twitch because of JiDion getting verified, and defending her usage of the "hard-R" that was discovered by JiDion by saying that she supported and donated to Black Lives Matter. The W community (a community primarily full of African American decent, like iShowSpeed) have voiced their opinion, saying that it was more than a black vs white creator battle (a twist on JiDions phrase, "Its more than black and white"), and YouTubers like Zach The Saint & TomDark have voiced out that the reason to why Amys gets away with controversy is due to the mislabeling of misogyny towards her rivals/competitors and that it was a double standard with women manipulating the rules on Twitch. People have also pointed out Amys and Toast getting a 2-day suspension for a DMCA strike (an actual felony), compared to JiDion's raid being an unfair punishment.
On February 3, 2022, JiDion tweeted he had settled his beef with Imane, after they had a physical interaction. Currently, Jidion's ban is being reconsidered.
Ninja's defamation lawsuit
Imane also criticized fellow Twitch streamer Ninja for using the word "bitch" as a general term, which caused Imane and her friends to accuse Ninja and Twitch for setting double standards about how women are treated on Twitch poorly due to their appearance, which caused Ninja's wife, Jessica Blevins, to threaten Imane with a defamation lawsuit. Multiple people in OfflineTV and Friends and Penguinz0 called Tyler and his wife delusional since Blevins tried to claim that Pokimane was defaming him by showing an old clip of Blevins, and said that he was sexist as a male streamer woud never face this. Numerous other streamers have sided with Imane, due to this issue being a repeated cycle. After the incident, Blevins apologized on stream and moved on. However, Imane decided to talk about the issue in 3 different streams, and caused a small beef with Phillip DeFranco.
MC Championship is a Minecraft Tournament for YouTubers and streamers run by the Noxcrew, in which 10 teams of four compete in a series of 8 minigames decided by the participants. A point multiplier makes each game worth more as each round passes, incentivizing teams to vote for games they might be bad at early on in the event. In the end, the two teams with the most points face off in a round of ‘Dodgebolt’ to decide the winner of the tournament. This makes it possible for a team to win despite potentially having fewer points than the runner-up.
- MC Championship 1-9: Did not participate.
- MC Championship 10: Team Aqua Axolotls. Teamed with Wilbur Soot, TommyInnit, and Tubbo. Placed 38th individual and her team placed 7th overall.
- She was nominated for the Content Creator of the Year Game Award in 2018.
- She has been nominated for the 2020 tenth annual Streamy Awards in the Live Streamer category.
- 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 can play chess.
Note: The following dates are according to
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, 2021
- 8 million subscribers November 8 2022