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Two of Twitch’s biggest streamers ‘take a break’ from the business • ENTER.CO

Pokimane and Ninja, two of the biggest streamers on Twitch (and in the industry in general) have announced their decision to take a break from the platform and, in general, from streaming to dedicate themselves to other projects.

It is something important, considering that the two are among the most influential figures on the platform. Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has over 18.3 million on the platform and is one of the key figures in making Fortnite the phenomenon it is today. Pokimane, on the other hand, is one of the most popular women on the platform with 9.2 million followers.

In Ninja’s case, his break came rather abruptly. The streamer shared through his Twitter account the message “I need a break… I don’t know when she will return or where.” This was before he suspended his accounts.

Pokimane, on the other hand, posted a video on her YouTube channel explaining that she’s taking a month off from Twitch: “I feel like other platforms fit my lifestyle a little better nowadays… I hope they don’t.” Sounds smug of me, but nowadays when I watch stuff on Twitch, it feels like ‘I was there, I did that’.”

The case of Ninja and Pokimane is important, not only because they are two of the most important streamers on Twitch, but because they reflect a general problem that this ‘profession’ has and that is the balance between success, mental health and burn out (the lack of of passion in front of what is being done). In the case of Ninja, the creator had already expressed before his message that he felt “somewhat discouraged” and in Pokimane’s it is not the first time that this creator has taken a break.

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Both things are important, because the vision of this type of work (especially in figures as successful as those mentioned above) is that it is a ‘dream’ job and one that does not require ‘breaks’. The reality is that streaming through Twitch or any other video platform puts a mental and even physical burden on its creators. Many of them usually broadcast six days a week for up to 6 hours. But not only this, but they must also attend to the constant search for new content, their communities on social networks, their commercial commitments…

In fact, the trend we’ve seen in 2023 is for many creators to take a break. A common reason is that during the pandemic they saw a spike in growth in their communities (largely because they were one of the few entertainment options), so now is the perfect time to take a break. At the same time, being able to go out is allowing them to change their environment, attend events or simply change their environment after two years (a feeling that we can certainly share).

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