On 6th March, Twitch superstar and OTK cofounder Mizkif reacted to an old YouTube video by fellow streaming icon Imane "Pokimane" Anys. In the video, Poki responded to a frequently asked question regarding how aspiring streamers can get more viewers and followers on Twitch.
However, seemingly unconvinced by some of Poki's streaming tips, Mizkif claimed that women have a "way easier" time growing their Twitch channel to the 200 viewer mark than men, who arguably take years to acquire even double-digit viewership figures.
Mizkif claims it's easy to start on Twitch if you're female
"It is not fair for women when it comes to [streaming]. Women have a much easier time getting that initial one to two hundred viewers. I'm sorry, it's just the truth," Mizkif said. The Twitch star continued, adding that it's "way easier" for women to establish their following of viewers than men; however, noting they have a "glass ceiling."
"Women have a glass ceiling, and it is almost impossible to get through. Men have an infinite ceiling, and they are not hard-capped. Women are hard-capped, usually at a ceiling of around 600 to 1000 viewers. It is just the truth," he said.
Explaining why he believes this is the case, Mizkif noted that for women to "get to that massive [level of] stardom," they're going to have "a lot more guy audiences, and guys just want to watch guys; usually, that's how it works."
Mizkif claims that it's just "a lot harder for women to get viewers like that," and to get to Pokimane's level of stardom is "almost impossible." The Twitch star then reiterated that although women have this "hard-cap" ceiling, it's much easier for them to get to that point.
While his claims are debatable, stats by Streams Charts seem to support his theory. Last year, all of Twitch's Top 10 most-watched streamers were male streamers. Felix "xQc" Lengyel came in 1st place, with 275 million hours watched and in 10th place was David TheGrefg Martinez, who racked up 79.8 million hours watched.
For comparison, the most popular female Twitch streamer in 2021 was Kaitlyn "Amouranth" Siragusa, with 38.3 million hours watched, over 40 million hours shy of TheGrefg. In fact, the 2nd most popular female streamer was Saddummy, with only 20.8 million hours watched, nearly half that of Amouranth, and about a fourth that of TheGrefg.
While there it can be argued that there is some truth to Mizkif's claims, the Twitch star noted that female streamers are also griefed with "way more sh*t" than male streamers, including dealing with stalkers and men harassing them.
Of course, there are several examples of this, like when Sweet Anita received death threats or when Jinnytty was nearly trafficked, to name a few.
Notably, xQc also had a stalker problem, as evidenced by someone breaking into his house with a crowbar to look for him. This incident later prompted him to move back to Canada. Therefore, this problem isn't mutually exclusive.
What do you think, though? Do you agree with Mizkif or not? Let me know by sharing your thoughts with me on Twitter.
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