Kaitlyn ‘Amouranth’ Siragusa is back in the headlines as a result of some of her recent tweets. The 27-year old female streamer revealed that she will be working on two new upcoming projects, the first being a documentary regarding her life as a streamer and in general, and the second being a feature gameshow girl in a hot tub.
“TWO EXCITING PROJECTS IN THE WORKS!” she tweeted from her personal account. “A documentary produced by a big media org about my life (on stream and off)…. And being a GAMESHOW GURL? …in a hot tub?”. Still, it’s anyone’s guess exactly what this gameshow will entail and what Amouranth’s role will be. It’s going to be very interesting to see what these projects are, how they form, and how they will be received by her huge fanbase (660k Youtube, 4.1M Twitch).
Amouranth and hot tubs have a long history together across both Twitch and Youtube. The streamer was pretty well known for her hot tub streams on Twitch, however, the recent “Hot Tub Meta” ordeal soon led to Twitch completely banning the mention of any hot tubs and even suspended her ad revenue for a short time.
Technically, these hot tub streams didn’t actually break any Twitch rules, as streamers are permitted to wear swimsuits and bikinis in appropriate situations, with a hot tub representing an appropriate place to wear one. The streams often fit in the “Just Chatting” category, however some streamers lean towards more ‘NSFW’ content, an acronym online shortened for ‘not for showing wife’ material. Although hot tub streaming doesn’t go against any guidelines, Twitch for a short time banned any mention of ‘hot tub’ on their official channel. Things eventually calmed down after Twitch introduced a separate channel for hot tub streams after claiming that it has received pushback from advertisers and viewers about how the trend has taken over the platform.
The new “Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches” category was designed to let creators stream what they want, while also giving Twitch advertisers a more convenient way to prevent ads from running on streams that they don’t approve of. In a statement sent to The Verge, the company said that was a mistake. “We did not alert impacted creators at the time, and we should have–our creators rely on us,” a spokesperson said. Twitch said the ads were suspended at advertisers’ request and that it’s now working with individual creators to “restore ads where appropriate.”
“Being found to be sexy by others is not against our rules, and Twitch will not take enforcement action against women, or anyone on our service, for their perceived attractiveness,” the company wrote in a recent blog post regarding the “hot tub meta”.
On a recent Reddit post about banning hot tub, commentators agreed that Twitch is avoiding the subject and ignoring what is going on. Other users are expressing their opinion on the topic, pointing out that it shouldn’t really matter. When you go to Twitch, you have no obligation to watch these hot tub streamers. The streamers have a fanbase that enjoys the content, but nobody is forcing you to watch it too.
On another note however, Amouranth also recently became a victim to the rising online and offline hate being directed towards streamers. As reported by The Gamer, last month the streamer revealed that somebody had tried to set her house on fire. Fortunately nobody was hurt and the fire was put out before any major damage could be done, with the local authorities suspecting that it was arson that caused the blaze.