Arguably the most-discussed topic in the Twitch community right now is the Hot Tub meta. For those who've been living under a rock, this is basically where streamers (mostly women) spend their time on Twitch in a hot tub, in revealing bikinis via the Just Chatting section. Many of these streamers are raking in the subscribers and donations with ease, as viewers watch on...Now, Twitch's Head of Creator Development, Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham has revealed the streaming platform is watching the Hot Tub meta closely and talked about Twitch's TOS.
djWHEAT on Twitch hot tub meta
In a recent stream, Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham addressed the Twitch hot tub meta, noting how Twitch understands this topic has been getting a lot of attention.
Twitch is watching the hot tub meta closely according to the Head of Creator Development. One can't help but wonder how many employees are sitting there, soaking in the streams featuring streamers in bikinis for a full working day...just waiting for the next nip slip so they can ban the streamer...
Imjasmine before a wardrobe malfunction (Picture: Imjasmine)
djWHEAT explains: "We understand at Twitch that this has been getting a lot of attention from the community lately. And we have been watching closely.
"Our nudity and attire policy does allow bathing suits in an appropriate context, and hot tubs do fall under that criteria."
djWHEAT continued by explaining: "What has not changed is the sexually suggestive and explicit content is not allowed under the guidelines, under the ToS, and Twitch will take action when that is reported to us."
Twitch's Terms of Service (TOS) prohibits any type of sexual content and doesn't allow streamers to be "fully or partially nude". However, it doesn't prohibit wearing a revealing bikini, which is why hot tub meta streamers can continue on, soaking in the donations and gifts...
The hot tub meta shows no signs of fizzling out, and why should these streamers stop? They are making bank by relaxing in a hot tub, after all...