Pokimane has announced via Twitter a hot tub stream featuring members of OfflineTV sometime around her birthday.
Who is Pokimane and what is OfflineTV
Pokimane, real name Imane Anys, is one of the most popular game streamers in the world. She is widely considered to be the most successful female streamers to date. She has a huge following on TikTok and Youtube but her main platform for streaming is Twitch. She has 3.2 million followers on Twitch and over 23.8 million hours of watched streams. OfflineTV is a group of content creators based out of Las Angeles, California. The group produces a wide variety of content, including prank videos, vlogs, game streams, etc. Pokimane is a member of the group along with Scarra, LilyPichu, Disguised Toast, Yvonnie, Michael Reeves, Brodin Plett. Each of these members has impressive viewership and followings of their own.
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About the hot tub stream
The stream was announced by Pokimane via her Twitter account. It is unclear right not which members of OfflineTV will appear in the stream and when exactly it will take place. Pokimane's birthday is on May 14th i.e. the coming Friday, however, it is unclear if the stream will take place on the day itself or around it. From the tweet it seems the event will be comedic in nature. It is yet to be seen how Twitch and viewers respond to the content.
What is a hot tub stream and why does this matter?
Over the past year, there has been a significant increase in the number of women sitting in hot tubs or pools and talking to viewers on Twitch. Collectively these type of streams has been dubbed 'hot tub meta'. The response to the rise in popularity of such streams has been polarised and caused division among the Twitch community. Many accuse the streams of being cheap and having a negative impact on the quality of the platform. Some female streamers have also pointed out that the presence of such streams puts pressure on female streamers to show more skin as it becomes an expectation from viewers on the platform. On the flip side, others are calling the criticisms misogynistic and poorly thought out. Some have called for an outright ban on the streams while others recommend a more nuanced approach.
Pokimane's thoughts on hot tub meta
During a recent stream, Pokimane called out Twitch for not taking any action about hot tub meta streams, "People toe the line so much that you need to have someone who can just, as a human, go to a stream and be like, ah, this is suggestive, and do something about that. That doesn’t mean a ban. But do something about that so that it's not just suggestive streams that kind of take over the whole platform."
Have you watched any of these streams? Will you watch Pokimane's stream? What side of the issue do you fall on?
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