I Make A Living Playing Video Games (feat. Pokimane)

I Make A Living Playing Video Games (feat. Pokimane)

– This is where the magic
happens, as people would say.
(upbeat music)
I started playing video
games when I was very,
very young.
Basically following in
my brother’s footsteps.
He would play stuff and
I would love to join him.
I usually wake up anytime
between eight to ten, ideally.
If it’s a stream day,
I usually go right into
my vanity and do my make-up, get ready.
Every day when I wake up,
I have to take these off
because I sleep in them every night.
I can get a lot of wrist
pain from playing so much.
I mean, it is my job.
I have double monitors, keyboard,
mouse, headset, of course.
I have one PC here and
then I actually have
a secret PC behind it
because it’s actually
really helpful to have a two PC set up
when you are streaming.
I have my mic stand over here and webcam.
That’s basically all you need to stream
even though it’s quite
a bit at this point.
You don’t need all this
to start streaming though.
I started making a lot of friends online
and some of them lived nearby
and we would just Skype
call every night and play
games together.
At one point, they started
linking me Twitch streamers
and I would start watching
these girls that were streamers
and, obviously they thought
the girls were really cute,
but I was watching because I just loved
the content.
I was like, “Wow, I
wanna do that someday”.
(Pokimane laughing)
I feel like me and that
guy both didn’t expect
to see each other.
I think what people find
most appealing about Twitch
is probably the fact that this
person that you’re watching
on the screen, you get
to interact with them
through chat and it almost makes you feel
like whatever they’re
experiencing, you’re there
experiencing with them, so
it’s more of an experience
as opposed to just a piece of content
that you’re watching.
For the first couple years of streaming,
I mostly saw it as a hobby,
something I really enjoyed doing.
I would make some money off of it,
enough for me to not feel
like I needed a part-time job.
Once I got to my second year of college,
I saw that instead of just
subscriptions on Twitch
and donations sometimes,
sponsorships started
coming in, so I would have a set amount
that companies would give
me every month to advertise
their product.
When that kind of money
started rolling in,
I started seeing it as
more of a career path
as opposed to just a hobby.
In University, I was studying
chemical engineering.
It was, not gonna lie, very difficult
to manage a full-time
engineering course load
along with wanting to
stream and not let go
of the momentum that I
was building on Twitch.
There was one month where
it was midterm season,
full-time engineer, and
I had four opportunities
from companies to come to LA.
Literally, four weekends
in a row, I would travel
from Toronto to LA and back and forth
during the weekends, the
only days that I had off.
I’d be studying on the
plane, trying to study
for my midterms, trying
to make everything work
together, and by the
end of that, I was like,
“I need to take time off
and I need to move to LA”,
and I did it.
(Pokimane laughing)
Before streaming, I usually
like to take a quick selfie
or a picture of something.
Oh, do you guys wanna be in it?
The camera’s in it too! Yeah!
Three, two, one.
Hi, guys!
(bright music)
That’s why you don’t wanna
get stuck between two people.
Explaining Twitch to
people that don’t know
what Twitch is can be a bit difficult.
I usually like to segue
through what YouTubers do,
but explaining Twitch to
people that don’t even know
what YouTube is is just near impossible.
I just try to explain
how you enjoy watching
a TV show or entertainment
or you enjoy watching,
perhaps, a sports game, whatever it is,
we do the same thing as
streamers except we do it live.
Hitting a million followers
felt very, very surreal.
When I first started
streaming, I never thought
that I’d get there.
I think what made me really, really proud
of what I did was just the
fact that I was the first
girl to ever do it.
Thank you. That looks so good.
The most rewarding part about
being a Twitch streamer,
by far, I think a content
creator, in general,
is just when people come up to you
and they’re like, “I really
appreciate your content.
You helped me through a rough time.”
Said, “Pokimane helped me so
much through my depression.
My parents have just recently passed away
in a car accident. I’m
only 15, but you helped me
a lot. Thank you very much”.
I’m so sorry to hear that,
but I’m glad I could help
in some way.
Helping others is just
the most satisfying thing
that I can do.
I’ve also been in that position.
There’s so many YouTubers
or streamers that I watch
when I’m sad and to
know that I can be that
for someone else just feels really nice.
My biggest advice for
anyone that’s looking to be
a Twitch streamer or an
online content creator
is to do it for fun at first.
Way too many people have
this idea that you have
to make a career out of it
or they’re expecting to make
a ton of money out of
it, but I promise you
the large majority of
people who do make any money
from it, started off just as a hobby.
You have to put in a lot
of hours before you see
anything come out of
it and you only really
put in hours if you’re
enjoying what you do.
Before anything else, just have fun
doing what you do or
make sure it’s something
that you can do for fun
and not just for money.

100 thoughts on “I Make A Living Playing Video Games (feat. Pokimane)”

  1. of course they choose the most pg streamer ever not someone who really understaands twitch culture. Its ok to not choose someone like Forsen but someone like TriHex or DansGaming would have done it

  2. I never understood people who watched others livestream on games. I don't get it why don't you play the game your self instead of watching someone play it?

  3. Do you know whats my question?How they are going to live when they get older??Xd i dont think they are going to stream with like 40/50years xddddd.

  4. Proud to be maroccan/Dutch, also very proud to see here growing, As a Origin Maroccan girl, Imane I wish you a nice period in streaming

  5. So basically, Pokimane makes a living by showing off her looks and glamour while being CARRIED by her teams and considered being one of the best streamers ever. Wow. 😐

  6. Pokimane. I do long hours of gaming. But on top of that, i’m a musician and i work as a woof carver. So i put a lot of strain on my wrists. I thought of sleeping with wrist braces like you do. But i don’t know what i’m looking for tbh. Could you tell me what wrist braces you use please?

  7. how to be a successful twitch streamer there are 2 options
    1. be a male player who is f**king gifted at gaming and plays 24/7 and git gud.
    2. be a female, good looking, knows how to use a keyboard and mouse.

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  9. * I make a living copy striking people and being a complete twitch thot. I make real gamers look bad and create a bad name for other women

  10. Gal you are not uniqe just like everybody on this platform they got use to play games to get moneyand not every guy gets crushes on girl streamers(i still like content your dough)(say this comment in a teen girl voice please)

  11. You don't make a living playing video games, you make a living getting male attention, and video games is how you do it.

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