So if you have been on Twitch recently I’m sure you heard of the ”Hot Tub” streamers. And if you don’t have an idea what I’m talking about, I’m going to try to explain it in the most simple way. These streamers are mostly women and they wear stuff like bikinis to show their body curves while getting wet on their hot tub. So you can kind of guess what kind of audience they have.
So, last week one of the biggest streamers on Twitch Félix Lengyel as known as ”xQc” shared a post on Twitter that says “I’m gonna be honest, this hot tub meta is by far the most pathetic thing we’ve seen on Twitch in forever. What a sad reality. Please get this trash off the front page.”
A report from Kotaku actually tried to explain the feelings of the people that are taking advantage of this meta on Twitch. Kaitlyn Siragusa, as known as ”Amouranth” gained almost half a million followers since she started using hot tubs in her streams.
She explains that there are two types of arguments when men talk trash about her “People extrapolate their own agenda onto the meta. There are two reoccurring themes that people go back to 1) Twitch is for gaming or 2) Twitch is unfair towards male streamers-alternatively, Twitch is more lenient on female streamers”. The second one is the argument that says that if a male streamer did those on his streams or even showed them he would get banned for nudity, but Twitch is unfair towards this subject.
Amouranth personally thinks that this is caused by Twitch not showing the reasons behind their bans more openly. The company mostly doesn’t comment at bans at all and this leaves streamers in total confusion. “I think a lot of the perceived asymmetry is caused by Twitch not publicizing the reason they are taking enforcement action against a streamer. Social media loves opining about topics when there is imperfect information.”
She continues “I can play games or just talk to my chat sitting at my desk to 10,000 concurrent [viewers] nowadays. I imagine internally Twitch is seeing a huge surge/influx of people coming from off-platform, people who likely become recurring users. It’s hard to buy marketing like that. The meta is generating a lot of mindshare, and it piques people’s curiosity. I think the narrative that it ‘takes viewers away from other creators’ is false”.