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Pokimane joins Ninja in ditching Twitch after years of streaming Fortnite

Pokimane is quitting Twitch after years of streaming Fortnite, following in the footsteps of fellow online star Ninja.

In a video posted on YouTube, the internet star explained her decision, saying that she no longer found Twitch to be “creatively fulfilling”.

Pokimane said the 'hyper-competitive industry' had left her burnt out

Pokimane said the ‘hyper-competitive industry’ had left her burnt outCredit: Collect
She added that Twitch is no longer 'creatively fulfilling' for her

She added that Twitch is no longer ‘creatively fulfilling’ for herCredit: Instagram

Pokimane, whose real name is Imane Anys, said: “I hope it doesn’t sound big-headed of me to say, but nowadays when I see things on Twitch, it kinda feels like, ‘been there, done that.”

She went on to say that her decision is also due to feeling burnt out by the “hyper-competitive industry”.

The Moroccan-Canadian streamer is known for sharing videos of herself playing games like Fortnite and League of Legends with her 9.2 million followers.

Anys only re-signed with Twitch in February this year but has now announced she will be scaling back her presence on the platform.

This comes after the world’s most popular streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced a break from the industry after a live online meltdown.

During the stream an opponent ‘rifted’ away from him, a mechanic where you can quickly escape being eliminated.

After this Ninja quit the game, and went on a long rant to his viewers about Fortnite being unfair.

When the stream ended Ninja deleted his Twitter profile picture and changed his name to “User not found”.

He then tweeted “I just need a break… I don’t know when I will be back, or where.”

Ninja lost his Twitch partnership, which allows him to monetise his stream via subscriptions and bit donations.

It is unclear if the rant was the reason for the loss of his partnership.

As some have pointed out, his contract with Twitch ended in August.

Ninja said on the stream that the rift was not the cause of his meltdown, but it was the last straw for him streaming Fortnite.

The current most popular competitor to Twitch is YouTube Gaming, where people believe Ninja will stream on after his break.

This is because of the “where” he posted in his tweet, suggesting he is looking at other streaming options.

Sections of this article were written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.

This comes after major streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins also announced he would leave the platform

This comes after major streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins also announced he would leave the platformCredit: Getty – Contributor
Blevins lost his partnership with Twitch after a meltdown while streaming

Blevins lost his partnership with Twitch after a meltdown while streamingCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Both Blevins and Anys shot to fame playing games like Fortnite and League of Legends

Both Blevins and Anys shot to fame playing games like Fortnite and League of Legends