Streamers wearing bathing suits in hot tubs while on Twitch.

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Hot Tub Streams, also referred to as the Hot Tub Meta, are a trend on the livestreaming website Twitch that involves female streamers broadcasting while sitting in a hot tub, pool or other type of bath while wearing a swimsuit. As revealing outfits are not normally allowed on the platform, the tactic offered a loophole that allowed streamers to wear them, therefore attracting viewers interested in sexualized content. The trend became a subject of controversy as people debated whether Twitch should continue allowing the loophole in May 2021.


On April 21st, 2020, Twitch[1][2] released the latest update of its "Nudity and Attire Policy." The update included situational exceptions for the standard policy, one exception being that wearing swimwear during streams while swimming or at beaches was acceptable. While hot tub streams were held by streamers before 2021,[3] the current trend did not start until December 2020 and remained relatively unnoticed until late March 2021.

Variety Twitch streamer XoAeriel credits herself with popularizing the trend. In an interview with Kotaku,[4] XoAeriel claimed that in December 2020 she started doing Just Chatting streams while sitting in a hot tub in her swimsuit, with her following rapidly growing. XoAeriel's broadcast performance improved from 700 average viewers in early December to 2,500 viewers in February. (follower graph and stream screenshot shown below).

Followers gained Views gained Hours streamed Hours watched 109K 2.72M 307 518K Average viewers Peak viewers Days of activity 1,686 9,937 81 9. Nov 23. Nov 7. Dec 21. Dec 4. Jan 18. Jan 1. Feb 15. Feb 1. Mar Sub Goal : 88/ 100 Bo00 McSrades oly Klachn Tarilch_hunto 5 Gifted - name on board kubo122375 is now following! INSTAGRAM bue 0 arial


In the following months, the practice gained notable popularity among female streamers. The list of streamers who held at least one hot tub stream in 2021 includes streamers Amouranth, Alinity, spoopykitt, Firedancer, IndieFoxx, AZRA, SeriousGaming and others (stream screenshots shown below).

SUB GOAL 66/ 150MARIO KART IN HOT TUB BIGGEST D1 angel will: $299 NEW FOLLOWS: 2148 /10000 Stickers - 5+ Gifted Subs Bubbles - 10+ Gifted Subs LEVEL 10 RAIDERS 146/300 Ee 5 sub- fansign bikini change goál egg 2500 (25.00%) nickernesto is now following! Hot Tub Stream 4630 5000 Today's Follower Goal 3394 3000 Today's Sub Goal 76 100 10 Gifted get name on body theSareme lwsonnely Saarouns

Online Reactions

On March 21st, 2021, Twitch streamer MsBananas tweeted[11] about the hot tub streams, writing, "What in the actual fuck happened to twitch…?! I really wanna know…. 🤢🤮" The tweet (shown below) received over 810 retweets and 10,200 likes in two months and gave start to the viral discussion about the "hot tub meta."

Nannersssss ... @MsBananas_ Went on twitch and seriously got confused as too what app I was actually on. What in the actual f--- happened to twitch..?! Ireally wanna know. 1K viewers kyootbot 2 baddies help u get gf ♥| cal. 368 viewers New bi hange u poal kristinadaniellexo English Chilling by the HOT TUB LIVE Hype Train English M GOD: Macos 519 viewers haciala SeriousGaming SUB, S00 TS or DONO EGIRL VICTORIA WEARS VICTORI. Isocials Is English Duos Cooking 5:38 AM · Mar 27, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone

On March 29th, Redditor[12] AS43_ reposted the tweet to the /r/LivestreamFail subreddit, with the post gaining over 15,800 upvotes.

Starting in late March 2021, the "hot tub meta" became a subject of viral discussions, with some users criticizing streamers over producing sexualized content on a platform with a young audience and Twitch over refusing to introduce clear rules on clarifying and enforcing its policies, while others defended the streamers, labelling the controversy misogynistic.

Responses to the "hot tub meta" from Twitch streamers have been mixed. Streamers Asmongold[13] and Pokimane[14] expressed support for the individuals involved in the practice, calling it harmless, while criticizing Twitch for failing to deliver proper moderation. Streamer xQc denounced the meta,[15] describing it as "the most pathetic thing we've seen on Twitch in forever."

Zack ... @Asmongold Replying to @byndogehk Actual opinion: Hottub streams are clearly a loophole in ToS Rules should be more clearly defined, I've known female streamers to get banned for things seemingly more innocuous than hottub/bikini streams Unless content harms the audience/other creators, I don't want to stop it 2:20 PM · Mar 29, 2021 · Twitter Web App xQc ... @xQc IM GONNA BE HONNEST, 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 FRONTPAGE 6:52 AM · Apr 19, 2021 · Twitter for Android

In April and May 2021, the controversy remained a popular topic of discussion, particularly on Twitter and in the /r/LivestreamFail subreddit.

Twitch Response, Streamer Bans and Amouranth Demonetization

On April 22nd, 2021, Twitch streamer Imjasmin was banned for one day after a "wardrobe malfunction" during a hot tub livestream.[5] On April 25th, male streamer udysof was banned for one day after mocking the "hot tub meta" by sitting in an inflatable pool in a bra and leaning into the camera.[6][7]

On April 28th, during Twitch's "Let's Chat" stream,[8] Twitch's Head of Creator Development Marcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham said that the situation with the hot tub meta was being monitored "closely" (clip shown below).

We understand at Twitch that this has been getting a lot of attention from the community lately and we have been watching closely. Our community and entire policy does allow bathing suits in an appropriate context, and hot tubs do fall under that criteria. However, what has not changed is sexually suggestive and explicit content is not allowed under the guidelines, under the ToS, and Twitch will take action when this is reported to us.

On May 18th, 2021, streamer Amouranth reported[9] that on May 17th Twitch disabled her ability to run ads on her streams without communication any reason for the action. In the thread, Amouranth commented that Twitch's actions set "an alarming precedent" (tweets shown below). The incident was reported on by several news outlets, including BBC.[10]

Amouranth ... @Amouranth Yesterday I was informed that Twitch has Indefinitely Suspended Advertising on my channel Twitch didn't reach out in any way whatsoever. I had to initiate the conversation after noticing, without any prior warning, all the ads revenue had disappeared from my Channel Analytics 12:59 PM · May 18, 2021 · Twitter Web App Amouranth @Amouranth · May 18 This is an ALARMING precedent and serves as a stark warning that although content may not ostensibly break community guidelines or Terms of service, Twitch has complete discretion to target individual channels & partially or wholly demonetized them for 198 27 169 2.6K Amouranth @Amouranth · May 18 ... content that is deemed "not advertiser friendly", something that there is no communicated guideline for. This leaves open-ended the question of where the line is drawn. Many people complain about ToS being "unclear" but at least 119 27 138 2.5K Amouranth ... @Amouranth Replying to @Amouranth there's something to go by. There is no known policy for what results in a streamer being put on this blacklist. With characteristic opacity, The only thing twitch made clear is that it is unclear whether or when my account can be reinstated. 1:03 PM · May 18, 2021 · Twitter Web App

Twitch adds category "Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches"

On May 21, 2021, Twitch published a blog post[16] in which they announced the creation of a new streaming category called "Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches". This was as a direct response to the hot tub controversy, and intended to allow viewers and advertisers alike to easily exclude hot tub streams from their experience. Twitch states that streamers may only wear swimwear when streaming under this new category.

Pools, Hot Tubs, & Beaches Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches 27.1K viewers IRL

The blog post was posted on r/LivestreamFails[17] where it gained 38,000 upvotes in less than 12 hours.


The trend has been parodied by a number of streamers, including padodies by streamer Pokimane and other members of her network OfflineTV (shown below, left) and by streamer RTGame (shown below, right).

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"She claims that she did not explicitly plan for the practice to make her stream more appealing, and instead just wanted to keep warm during the winter."
Ah yes, and like any normal person decided the best way to keep warm wasn't to simply put more clothes on, but to take them off and stream from a fucking hot tub.


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