Pokimane has been at the center of controversy several times throughout her career, understandably. However, a recent bombshell dropped by famous YouTuber Leafy is now causing her to lose subscribers. Why? Supposedly, Pokimane has a boyfriend.
Pokimane’s Claim To Fame
Pokimane, a Moroccan-Canadian streamer, has built her fan base up by playing games such as League of Legends and Fortnite. Her popularity grew so fast that she dropped out of her chemical engineering program and became a full time Twitch and YouTube personality in 2017. Her Twitch channel boasts 5.3 million followers, making her one of their most followed content creators. Her YouTube channel has another 4.7 million.
Pokimane’s Relationship With Her Fans
Like many female streamers, Pokimane’s fan base consists of mainly men. However, she is much more than just a pretty face. In fact, she recently combated claims that people don’t watch her for her personality by streaming with her camera off, telling critics “just averaged 11k+ viewers with no cam, late at night, and with a 10s delay”. Despite that, haters have been vocal about Pokimane and her “simps”. They describe simps as lonely men who have thrown themselves and the contents of the wallets at Pokimane, pointing to a range of cringe-worthy twitter threads. But, if you thought the video released by It’ sAGundam in May was the end of it, buckle up!
Pokimane has stated on multiple occasions that she just does not want to be public about her relationships. However, Keemstar and LeafyIsHere, among others, have been pressuring her to tell the world the truth about having a boyfriend. Leafy went as far as to make and release a nuke video. He accuses her of trying to trick her subs into believing she is single, so they will donate more money to her channel. Quite often, he calls her supporters simps, implying the only reason they are watching her is because they somehow hope to catch her attention among millions of followers and then win her over romantically. However, other popular eSports personalities are defending her right to privacy, as several other female streamers have been harassed or lost support when they introduce their partners into their professional lives.
The Fan’s Response
Pokimane has lost a lot of fans due to this boyfriend drama. While some have remained loyal, others pledge to cancel their subscriptions. Others, especially her tier three subs, will certainly be downgrading. Even though Pokimane has never stated whether she is single or taken, her fans feel like she has lied to them, or cheated them out of their money. For whatever it’s worth, Leafy may have been right about Pokimane’s followers. Following his nuke video’s release, she has seen an inordinate drop in her viewership numbers. According to Social Blade, her channel has lost 54% of its followers and viewership is down 43% for the last 30 days.
Pokimane’s future in the gaming world is not looking too bright right now. While she has issued an apology video, it has not won her many, if any, fans back. While her net worth is approximately $3 million, it would be fair to assume that this boyfriend drama may negatively impact her earning potential in the future. She is, after all, a full-time streamer. And, according to an interview in June of 2019, Pokimane acknowledges celebrity relationships are filled with more drama and problems. Also, if the relationship doesn’t work out, then the whole world gets a front row seat to the breakup. However, after all the drama Leafy’s video has caused her, could anyone blame her if she decides to continue to keep her dating life private in the future?