The streaming community has divided into two parts with the recent hot “Hot Tub” meta on Twitch, while most find it unsuitable for Twitch there are some who are appreciative of it. YouTube streamer Valkyrae for one has defended such content creators stating “Isn’t that what men want to see for free”.
“Hot Tub” streams are all over Twitch, it is classified as a group of streamers who sit around pools/tubs with swimsuits housed inside the “Just Chatting” category of the platform. Users consider this to a “suggestive content” and do not go in line with Twitch’s culture of video game streaming. The viewership of these streamers has skyrocketed in recent times, thus earning the title of “Twitch meta”.
Though Twitch has certain guidelines in place to prevent oversexualizing their content however there are certain ways it can be exploited. The grey area in their ToS allows such streamers to continue on their platform which has somewhat generated mixed feelings among the veterans.
“Why are you so angry? It works for a reason. It’s free for you. You don’t have to donate or subscribe. Isn’t this a good thing? Isn’t that what men want to see for free.” said Valkyrae.
Her statement points at the root of what caused the “meta” to grow in the first place. A business can’t grow without customers and the only reason the meta exists is for those who make up the audience for such content creators.