Large donations are a surefire way to get attention on Twitch broadcasts, but such gestures may not always leave a streamer at ease, even if they do. be grateful for that. And so one of Twitch’s most popular streamers stopped her massive donations on her stream.
The ambitious Vtuber and juggler Twitch Imane “Pokimane” Anys announced on Twitter in early November that, from now on, her channel contributions will be limited. You can no longer donate more than $ 5 to Anys, who is asking viewers to take that money and give it to other streamers who may need it more than her.
worked with @streamlabs to create a $ 5 contribution limit for my channel!
Thank you for supporting me to the point where I consider everything unnecessary. For anyone more generous ̵1; support growing channels, charity, and be kind to yourself.❤️ pic.twitter.com/QhrusbDFxD
– pokimane (@pokimanelol) November 2, 2020
It’s an incredibly luxurious move and goes against the way many influencers seem to be operating. However, as one of the biggest channels on Twitch, Anys can afford it. In early 2020, this bubbly girl announced a multi-year deal with Twitch and although the specific amount was not disclosed, you can imagine it was worth a penny. Anys has also cleverly garnered a lot of attention this year, as with her recent AOC stream encouraging viewers to vote – meaning, even if the donation amount is lower, she still get paid.
Viewers have embraced the change positively, with a recent donation joking that they’ll use the extra money to buy “double the RAM” on their PCs right now. During that same live stream, Anys explained a little more about her decision, noting that she believes watching live broadcasts, especially sponsored ones, was a sign. Support better than the amount. She also encourages everyone to join the conversation.
“Even when people sometimes donate like $ 20 to me, I feel sorry,” she said during the same live stream.
“When people donate more, I feel like they have some kind of expectation – I feel bad,” she said later in the same clip. “Like, if I feel I can’t meet their expectations, about my reaction or what they’re expecting me to do…” She continued.
“Even writing funny meme replies when we’re doing sponsored stuff… those things can mean a lot,” Anys continued afterwards.
Most of the responses on social media are also extremely positive. “Girl, you did it again,” Kaceytron, another big Twitch streamer, wrote on Anys’s announcement. “Constantly raising the bar for all of us and doing it perfectly.”
While Anys did not respond to the press promptly, Streamlabs – the maker of the tool she is using to limit donations – told Polygon it was the first time someone has asked them to help them find ways to reduce their donations. Often times, many of the products Streamlabs makes, like custom tip pages, help to encourage people to invest in their streamers.
Ashray Urs, head of product division at Streamlabs, said: “Although Pokimane was the first to do that, we find this appealing to other long-established live streamers. He added that in the future Streamlabs wants to add functionality to anyone wanting to limit their donation amount.
“We’re exploring ways streamers can limit donations and send any excess directly to a charity of their choice,” the representative said. And certainly, on social media, at least a few people who stream on Twitch have expressed an interest in doing the same. Meanwhile, others are just wondering if this would encourage people to donate more than once.