Twitch has not yet released statement explaining the situation.
Amouranth, one of the most popular ‘hot-tub streamers’ on Twitch, recently discovered an issue against the gaming platform. Turns out, without any notice or warning, her advertisements revenues were no longer active on her page. Twitch has not yet released an explanation regarding the incident. Here’s the possible reason why the platform did it.
Who is Amouranth?
On Tuesday, May 18, the known hot-tub Twitch streamer– whose real name is Kaitlyn Siragusa– tweeted a series of comments against Twitch. She insisted on her posts that the gaming platform, without any notice, closed her way of making profits through ads.
“Yesterday I was informed that Twitch has indefinitely suspended advertising on my channel,” Siragusa wrote on Twitter today. “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.”
Siragusa said that she had been earning money from Twitch advertisements for at least “$30,000 a month.” This doesn’t include her payments from direct donations to her streams.
Due to the amount of money she’s getting, the streamer complained that Twitch might had an issue with her way of making that huge money, through so-called ‘hot-tub streaming.’
Is ‘hot-tub’ streaming considered nudity?
‘Hot-tub streaming’ is the latest tactic of mainly women in producing more number of views and followers on Twitch. This is when the streamers wear only swimsuits inside a hot tub, while they play games from their computers. Due to this tactic, a lot of people think that the act is maybe considered as partial nudity for the viewers.
Kotaku even had a special written article regarding the said ‘meta’ streaming. Twitch, at the time, clarified that the act was not considered as nudity, or partial nudity per se.
However, with their latest issue with streamer Amouranth, the gaming platform might have changed its mind about the idea.
What Amouranth wants to know
Since a lot of people have already complained about the ‘hot-tub streaming,’ Amouranth understands that Twitch might have had changed its mindset about the act. However, what she wants to know from the platform is why no one even reached out to her for the supposedly banned advertisements.
“Many people complain about [Twitch’s terms of service] being ‘unclear,’ but at least 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,” said her. “The issue isn’t Twitch removing ads. It’s them doing so without any clarification of what their guidelines are. We saw this coming. Everyone expected it. No one expected it without communication, though. Just, like, a stealth removal.”
According to Twitch guidelines, the site can suspend accounts “at any time for any conduct that we determine to be inappropriate or harmful.” So far, the gaming platform has not yet released statement about the issue.