The Moroccan-Canadian streamer, popularly known as Pokimane, has become the first female Twitch star to reach nine million followers on the platform. Pokimane celebrated her success by sharing a screenshot last night with the number of followers on her Twitter and the message “Thanks for 9 million”.
As Dot Esports reports, Pokimane was live on Twitch when a donation came in, telling her she had just reached nine million followers. She made sure by checking her channel’s live follower count, and after confirming it for herself, thanked her audience in different languages after the milestone was reached.
Pokimane, whose real name is Imane Anys, began streaming on Twitch in 2013 when she was just 17 years old. Since then, according to TwitchTracker, she’s streamed a total of 5,269 hours and amassed over 219 million views to date. Previously, the Twitch star was named Best Streamer of the Year at the 2018 Shorty Awards, featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Games category in 2021, and received the Streamer Awards Legacy Award this year.
Currently, Pokimane is the ninth most streamed female streamer on Twitch overall and one of only two female streamers in the top 20, the other being Amouranth (although she tends to slip in and out of the top 20 rankings). At the top of the stack is Richard Tyler Blevins, better known as Ninja, who sits comfortably ahead of the crowd with 17 million followers.
Pokimane recently noted that while women find it easier to break into Twitch, female streamers struggle with a “glass ceiling” as they establish themselves on the platform. She said that career potential for women on Twitch is limited. “When you have 100 viewers or less, there are so many channels that you stand out as a girl,” Pokimane said. “Because there are just fewer girls than men on this platform.”
As the only female streamer to consistently rank in the top 20, Imane might have a point, but other than that, her milestone is one the 25-year-old should be rightly celebrating.
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