Streaming giant Imane ‘Pokimane’ has shared his opinion on the biggest difference between streaming on Twitch compared to YouTube. Although he explained that streaming on YouTube is not “bad”, he compared it to being “on an island”.
The shocking announcement that Twitch streamer Sykkuno would be leaving the YouTube Gaming platform has sparked a wave of debate among the community. While many creators praised Sykkuno for the move, it also opened up the discussion about streaming on YouTube compared to Twitch.
Now, Twitch streaming giant Pokimane has shared its take on the difference between streaming on the two platforms, saying it’s more “difficult” for creators to “come out” on YouTube.
It comes after she previously said she was “happy” about Sykkuno’s platform change, though it was also a bittersweet moment to see him go.
Pokimane explains “streaming culture” on YouTube vs Twitch
Speaking during her live stream on May 3, Pokimane stated that there is a big difference between the streaming cultures of YouTube and Twitch. As a result, it can be difficult for creators to “show up” on the platform without a pre-existing audience.
“Streaming on YouTube, while it’s not a bad thing, I don’t want to demonize it in any way, it’s very different from Twitch because you’re a bit more on an island,” Pokimane said. “There’s not a very clear discoverability.”
She also stated that she won’t be “impressed” with YouTube Gaming until she sees “a live streaming ecosystem” on the Google-owned platform. By comparison, Pokimane stated, “Twitch has the ecosystem. Twitch has the culture. Twitch has the community.”
According to Pokimane, it can also be difficult for creators to find an audience gold mine on YouTube. In particular, Pokimane stated that emerging streamers may have a hard time finding their fan base.
“You need a pre-existing audience. I haven’t seen anyone appear on YouTube either.” He then compared how popular streamers like Valkyrae and Dr Disrespect already had a huge fan base before moving to the platform.
Rumors have circulated in the past that Pokimane was planning to set up a store on YouTube, especially when her contract with Twitch came to an end. However, recent comments from him show that he, for now, is more than happy with his life on Twitch.