The most popular female streamer on Twitch is taking a much-needed break.
Imane “Pokimane” Anys took to Twitter on August 5 to announce that she is stepping away from streaming to take a month-long break, something she hasn’t done for the past six years. Pokimane admitted that she’s been lacking motivation to create content because of the ongoing global health situation, missing her family, conventions, traveling, and meeting fans. This led to her feeling “burnt out.”
“I recognize I’m very lucky to be able to work [during this time], however, I need to do what’s best for my mental health,” Pokimane explained.
Pokimane said she’s looking forward to getting back into the “headspace” of wanting to create content for her fans.
“Until then, I hope you use this message as a reminder to take care of yourselves,” Pokimane said, telling her followers to take a break from social media and find a new hobby. “Hang in there.”
planning a staycation 🥰
hope you’re all taking care of yourselves as well! ❤️
— pokimane (@pokimanelol) August 1, 2020
Other content creators gave Pokimane support for her choice, including Jack “CouRage” Dunlop. He noted that many content creators are going through the same struggles as Pokimane during the lockdown.
Happy you’re doing this for yourself! I think so many creators are struggling without have those opportunities to see each other, travel to events, and engage with our fans. Enjoy your break!
— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) August 5, 2020
I’m in the middle of a few days off that I basically had to force myself into,” responded fellow female streamer AnneMunition. “I think more streamers should do this sort of thing and I’m glad you are! Have a good time, take care of yourself.”
Pokimane is far from alone in feeling burnt out from streaming. Even before the current situation, top gaming influencers have discussed the never-ending grind of creating content and the stress it puts on them emotionally and mentally. Twitch streamers in particular are functionally punished for taking breaks due to the inevitable loss of subscribers that comes with even a few days off per month.
Hopefully this helps Pokimane feel refreshed and ready to return.