Pokimane Speaks Out About Struggles Women Face Playing VALORANT
The 25-year-old Twitch streamer has forged an incredible career by playing games online, and achieved eye-watering success by being herself on the internet.
However, in a recent Twitter thread she's explained how sometimes being herself can actually be detrimental to her gameplay.
What Did Pokimane Say About Being A Woman In Gaming?
She wrote: "My brother hit immortal before I did. That's it, try hard mode", adding: "i find my biggest issue is i don't like to talk too much in game (ppl get weird about me being a girl / being poki), and that doesn't work with being a sova main (crying emoji) and i don't have a dependable duo to comm on my behalf ~ so i'm gonna look for one + learn solo q agents".
As you can probably imagine, the replies were pretty varied. One person 'helpfully' suggested trying out a voice changer. To which another fan responded: "That's such a dumb way to resolve the situation, girls are not inclined to hide their voice or manipulate it for other people's satisfaction, they should be able to enjoy video games just like any other person."
Poki replied to another suggestion of a voice changer, and said: "Deadass i tried this and i sounded like a robot LOL".
Is Pokimane Going To Quit Streaming?
In August 2021, Poki spoke out about how gruelling streaming has become while on her YouTube channel, saying: "I know my mind and my heart. Really, really, don't want to admit it, but I think I'm burnt out. Unlike any other way I've been burnt out in the past."
She added: "I've gotten pretty far, and I'm pretty happy with the life that I have right now. But you can't do the same thing forever, and I just feel like it's time for a change. I think my heart is yearning for the outdoors and for experience and for friendship."
Discussing breaking free from her vicious cycle, Pokimane said her mind and habits are so used to work, it's "really hard to break out of that."