Even if you are just a bit of a mobile game enthusiast, the name Pokimane will certainly make you think of the Japanese game franchise known as ‘Pokemon.’ And, yes, your guess is right after all. Pokimane is a moniker for a Canadian-Moroccan online gamer and YouTuber. The name, of course, has a connection to Pokemon as you are going to see in this post just in a moment.
The bearer of that name has been making waves across the web in recent years. Her fame has been mainly due to her gameplay videos on video-sharing platforms like Youtube, Instagram, and Twitch. But then, she has been doing far more than just posting games because she also has a series of rib-cracking videos to show as well. How did she rise to become one of the most popular YouTubers out there? Let’s find out.
Facts About Pokimane’s Real Name and Family Background
Pokimane was originally from the North African country of Morocco, where she was born and given the Moroccan name ‘Imane Anys.’ But while she was growing up, her family relocated to Canada. It was in Canada that she hit it off professionally before relocating to the United States. A super-creative young woman by every definition, the YouTuber adapted the name Pokimane by a unique combination of the word ‘Pokemon’ (a game she loves so much anyway) with her first name ‘Imane.’
You can also see her identified as ‘Pokemonlol’ by the media. Her fans have always been curious about Pokimane’s ethnic origins, given her looks. Most people think she must have a huge amount of Asian blood flowing through her veins. It even got to a time she mused about going for a DNA test to ascertain if she has any ancestral roots in Asia. But she has not made the result of the test known.
However, our findings reveal that, although she came from Morocco, Pokimane is of mixed ethnic origin. Apart from English and French (which she learned in Canada), she is fluent in the Moroccan Arabic dialect Darija.
How Old Is She?
The amazing YouTuber was born in the early hours of May 14, 1996, in her home country of Morocco. She once mused that she has a brother with whom she was raised. But she never gave details on the brother in question. We don’t have detailed information about the circumstances of Pokimane’s birth that might shed some light on her talent and sporadic rise. However, we found that she shares a birth date with a slew of great entertainers throughout history.
Some of them include the Australian actress Cate Blanchett (1969), the American director and scriptwriter Robert Zemeckis (1952), and the American composer, singer, and actor Bobby Darin (1936). Others are the American actress, director, and scriptwriter Sofia Coppola, the British actor Tim Roth (1961), and many more. Interestingly, it was on the same date in 1984 that Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook was born.
Her Journey to Stardom As a YouTube Star
Imane attended McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. However, instead of living the drudgery of an engineer’s life, Pokimane decided to pursue a career on the lighter side of life. She started her gaming career not long ago when she launched a new YouTube account, where she streams her gaming videos.
Following her consistency in fun content creation and sharing, her channel continued to grow and get a massive following. She also opened a Twitch account and started posting similar content. From there she moved to other social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. In addition to her gameplay videos, Imane also uploads funny videos, where she makes jokes and unboxing geek subscription services. Others are mukbang videos, where she is seen eating large chunks of food while interacting with her fans.
Furthermore, Pokimane has played the League of Legend for more than seven years now, and she is currently in the diamond S6 division. She has an advanced ASUS gaming desktop with a 7th generation i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, which is one of the highest gaming desktops out there. She has also played other games such as World of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto, and Unreal Tournaments.
How Much Has She Earned From Her Career?
Pokimane lives a flamboyant life out of her Los Angeles home. So, everyone seems to know that she has been making a lot of money from her social media career. But how does she earn her money?
First, she has a paid membership program for gaming enthusiasts: To get an unlimited ad-free access to her Twitch account, you will have to pay a subscription fee of $4.99. And she has close to 400,000 Twitch subscribers at the moment.
Also, Google pays her for her video views on YouTube as you know. She currently has over 5 million YouTube subscribers and her videos pull in millions of views. For instance, here is one of her recent videos that had pulled in close to 2.5 million views as of this writing:
In addition to her YouTube and Twitch channels, Imane also has nearly 4 million followers on Instagram and about 2 million on Twitter, as well as an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) channel, where she uploads content that keeps her fans happy and always coming back for more. Another way Pokimane makes money is by selling her merchandise such as t-shirts and hoodies.
That being said, Pokimane’s exact net worth cannot be ascertained from a reliable source at the moment. However, there are sources reporting figures between $500,000 and $3 million for her.
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All You Need to Know About Pokimane’s Love Life
Despite being famous, Pokimane prefers keeping a low profile when it comes to her personal life. As a result, she has not disclosed any meaningful information concerning her boyfriend and dating history, except saying things like “I broke up with my last boyfriend because he wouldn’t stop counting…” whatever that means.
There have also been rumors that the star is having an affair with fellow YouTube stars such as Meteos and Scarra. But none of the rumors has been confirmed. Yet, all her fans have been itching to know who Imane’s mystery man is even when she is not willing to tell.
When Disguised Toast joined the Offline TV in 2017, a title on the entertainment group’s official Youtube channel suggested that he had been dating Pokimane. Could this be a part of the entertainment or was it for real?
Apparently, Imane is still single and not yet married. She doesn’t have any kids and is not linked to any relationship at the moment. When she breaks the silence, we will make sure you’d be the first to get the gist as we will keep updating this post from time to time.