Pokimane slams Twitch subathons after Sykkuno’s viral take: ‘It’s not healthy’

Popular Twitch streamer Pokimane offered some criticism of subathons, while responding to fellow broadcaster Sykkuno’s stance on influencers abusing the practice.

“Subathons” refer to a practice where online broadcasters encourage viewers to subscribe to their channel, adding more time to their streams with each subscription.

This can cause streams to last for days, weeks, and even months. Twitch streamer Ludwig, in particular, broke records on Twitch for his hugely profitable 30-day subathon last year. The current record for longest subathon goes to Emilycc, whose subathon is still ongoing at 120 days.

While subathons can be a great incentive for streamers to increase their subscriber count, top streamer Pokimane believes those long streams can be dangerous to their health.

Ironmouse Subathon record
Twitch: Iron Mouse

VTuber Ironmouse recently broke records for her 31-day subathon earlier this month, becoming the third most subscribed Twitch streamer behind Ludwig and Ninja.

Pokimane explains why she’s not a fan of Subathons

She shared her views on the matter during a recent broadcast responding to fellow steamer Sykkuno slamming stations masquerading their regular streams as “subathons.”

“I’m always a little skeptical about Subathons for myriad reasons — some, including what he says,” she began.

“Tactics that some people might find a little unethical, where you pretend you’re streaming but are actually sleeping and doing other things and sort of just pretending you’re hosting a subathon.”

Pokimane stays on Twitch
Twitter: pokimanelol

Pokimane is a big fan of Twitch as a platform – but she’s not a fan of subathons.

“But the other reason is that there’s no way subathons are healthy for a human,” she continued.

“The fact that we’re fueling it with hundreds of thousands of dollars, big clout, followers and attention — we’re like, ‘Oh my God, this person has been streaming for three weeks! Poggers!’ No, you have to go to the doctor.”

“‘That’s the point — suffer for my pleasure,'” she said, reading a comment from her chat. “I think a little bit of that is fine, but at some point a line has to be drawn and I don’t really think we’re drawing it at a good point.”

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While subathons can definitely wear streamers down (even Ludwig vows to ever do them again), they certainly have their highlights…like that time a streamer ended their subathon by literally blowing up a car. Pokimane slams Twitch subathons after Sykkuno’s viral take: ‘It’s not healthy’

Emma Bowman

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