Pokimane Cautions Big Streamers To Avoid Playing Activision Blizzard Games
Activision Blizzard’s legal woes have caught everyone’s ears, and Pokimane spoke about it recently. We have previously covered the Activision Blizzard suit, and it seems like every week, worse things come to light. More companies stand up against Activision Blizzard’s actions, and Imane “Pokimane” Anys suggested streamers who are “financially well-off” to not play Activision Blizzard games at all. As more companies condemn Activision Blizzard’s actions, their games continue to get stream time from a variety of streamers, large and small.
Not Everyone Can, But Those Who Can, Should
Many streamers have made their fame and money off of the backs of Activision Blizzard games. Warzone, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and more, they’re all pretty popular on Twitch and elsewhere. Pokimane was, in particular, discussing the bigger, more financially secure streamers, saying they shouldn’t be streaming the Activision Blizzard library. Why is this, though? Here’s what Pokimane had to say:
“I think if you are a financially well-off streamer, you just f**kin’ shouldn’t. However, I do understand that some people may be in a situation where their income is heavily based around a Blizzard game. But I think in that case, they should still be extremely vocal about how they’re against this if they are still gonna play their game.”
Pokimane definitely has backed up this talk though. She hasn’t streamed any of their games since the announcement of the lawsuit and sexual harassment issues came out. There are so many massive streamers who could easily stop playing Warzone, and instead play some other Battle Royale. There are alternatives, even if Warzone’s latest update did drop. If you want a company to listen, sometimes you have to speak with your wallet. Huge streamers have the ability to stop playing this stuff, or at the very least, condemn the actions of the company.
Many people around the world have incredibly fond memories of games like World of Warcraft, this writer included. But it’s important to look at what they did wrong, and the culture they created. There are a wealth of other games in many genres that people could play, instead of supporting Activision Blizzard. We cannot tell people what to stream, or how to spend their time, but Pokimane certainly stood to speak her mind in that latest stream. Smaller streamers may not have that luxury though, since their income is directly tied to the games they’re playing. In that case, Pokimane feels those people should still be vocal about criticizing what Activision Blizzard has been doing.