Last week, Twitch finally responded to the controversy surrounding the so-called “whirlpool meta” by clarifying its rules and Create a new section called Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches. Given that lots of complaints about hot tub streams Based on the idea that they represent a “loophole” in Twitch’s rules, it was certa inly something to watch the cannonballs of the people in the new section and immediately approve the definition of “whirlpool stream” – or even just “stream” expand breakpoint.
While some saw Twitch christen the new category and fear that a deluge of NSFW content would invade their Puritan paradise, it wasn’t much of a problem. Instead, the Area pools, hot tubs and beaches reflects the reality of the whirlpool streams: despite all the excitement that surrounds them, there aren’t that many. At any given point in time, the section has a small handful of current hot tub (or pool / beach) streams upstairs – for now Maintaining a healthy audience although they’ve been removed from the hugely popular Just Chatting section – plus a few exceptionally weird, sketchy things below that.
Some of these streams are innocent enough. My favorite is for example Whirlpool Uncle Iroh, a barely animated picture from Iroh Avatar: The last airbender sit in a hot tub and swing to relax the beats. Occasionally the music is interrupted by one of Iroh’s many iconic lines from the show. If you are looking for beats to relax / learn you could make it worse. There are also Whirlpool Jesus, a channel that is similar but with an oddly venomous chat. Wildlife Cams – Including otter and the “thickest chicks” Bathing in a bird fountain – have also managed to achieve respectable visibility figures. Oh, and there are of course several different streams of Geralt out The Witcher 3 lounging in a tub.
Then you consciously step into more transgressive territory, like men using wigs, apps and, in one case, full body prostheses to feminize their looks and parody hot tub streams in ways that are sometimes uncomfortable. There are also numerous streamers trying to take advantage of the new section by changing their avatars to images of women and clearly broadcasting VODs of other streamers’ programs. In some cases, they make it clear what they’re doing with on-screen graphics and stream titles, but other accounts do directly embodied big names like Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa and Indiefoxx At the same time, they promise rewards such as free access from OnlyFans in exchange for subscriptions and donations.
Other scammers don’t even go out of their way by calling their channels things like “nice hot girls” and running rotating clip shows of various TikToks for women. Taking a step back is even the numerous channels that go live with still images from popular hot tub streamers saying they are “transforming into a cute bikini” and implying that they will be back soon. Spoiler: you never come back. Instead, the people who run these outright scam channels are spamming their chats with extremely questionable links.
Some of these accounts are going offline pretty quickly, and a handful were hit by a seemingly banned wave shortly before this release. But Kotaku has seen others stream for hours – suggesting that Twitch isn’t moderating the new Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches section with a particularly consistent hand or having trouble keeping up. Perhaps this is because there is a need to create a new form space for organic development, or because advertisers can disable the entire area, which will reduce the pressure on Twitch to keep things primitive and correct. Or, it could be that Twitch didn’t expect so many people to take advantage of the new section – although, given the frequency with which people have tried to use Twitch for similar purposes, it probably should.
Given the number of frauds that have already occurred – not to mention it how out of control things have gotten in the past If Twitch allowed niche sections to get off the rails, it would benefit from figuring it out sooner rather than later.