Yammy (L) weighed in on the debate (Picture: YouTube)
YouTube gamer Yammy Uddin has weighed in on the debate around tipping streamers, with the star insisting she ‘doesn’t see a problem’.
Streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys recently revealed she would be capping her donations at $5 (£3.70) as she told her six million followers: ‘Stop giving influencers free s**t!’
Yammy, who boasts a following of more than two million, told Metro.co.uk as she takes part in YouTube’s The Rise campaign: ‘I think it’s down to your personal choice if people want to give tips to influencers.
‘But the thing with our job is it’s based on what we do. If you’re a Twitch streamer, you’re getting ad revenue, same with YouTube too […] so sometimes people do need those tips to be able to continue their career. Sometimes they don’t.
‘Pokimane is extremely successful and I think she actually capped her donations off at $5 because she doesn’t need those tips but she still appreciates it and I think it’s important to be able to support people you enjoy.
‘So if people want to contribute towards their favourite creators, then I don’t see a problem with that.’
Yammy boasts a following of more than two million (Picture: YouTube/Henry Jay Kamara)
Meanwhile, as a woman smashing it in the gaming industry, the 26-year-old revealed she’s endured vile abuse – but is seeing huge progress.
‘When I first started out the channel back in 2011, the gaming industry was completely different,’ she recalled. ‘There weren’t as many female role models I could take inspiration from. And when I would join in on games on Xbox and things and use voice chat, I would get quite a lot of trolling because people just weren’t expecting to hear a female.
‘But the landscape has changed so much. Now, it’s completely different. I feel like women are accepted in the gaming community as they should be.
‘I did suffer a lot of trolling back in the day. But if anything, it really helped to boost my confidence, because I know how to deal with that sort of commenting and things. Now I just block it out.’
Yammy has partnered with fellow creator SJ Strum (Picture: YouTube/Henry Jay Kamara)
Partnering with YouTube for their new campaign The Rise, Yammy is spotlighting fellow creator SJ Strum, who chats all things parenting.
While their channels are completely different, they have a lot in common – both being mums, both dealing with the ups and downs of Youtube, and both navigating a friendly connection with fans, who they don’t actually know personally.
‘As a YouTuber, people are attracted to your channel, based on your personality, and they do have that friendship relationship with you,’ Yammy explained.
‘And every time they come to your channel, it’s like seeing an old friend. And for me, keeping my life pretty private, they’ve never really got to see what I’m like behind the scenes. And so I’m starting to open up with that and let people in a bit more especially introducing my son to my channel.’
‘When you’re a YouTuber, it really is the most antisocial way of being social because you’re at home by yourself with a camera,’ SJ added.
‘It’s totally a relationship [with your viewers], the community the best bit about it. That’s why I love YouTube so much.’
Meanwhile, the two creators have had completely different approaches to being a parent on YouTube.
While Yammy has kept her family largely off-camera, SJ features her children in some videos, and has even made videos about her son’s speech delay.
‘My two boys are seven and 10, they’re YouTube obsessed – not with my channel, with Yammy’s,’ SJ laughed. ‘But they really enjoy [being on camera]. And we have so many great conversations about online safety, about how to deal with comments that might come in, they have ultimate hundred percent choice if they’re in a video or not in a video.’
She added: ‘Even when I talked about things that are a bit personal. So my middle son had a speech delay. He was very aware, every time I was going to make a video, I would say to him, “There’s another little boy out there who’s got a speech delay, and he wants to learn about how to go through it, should we tell them?”
‘And he was at a very young age and was like, “Yeah, I want to help.” And it made him so proud.’
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