The latest “Female Streamer of the Week” rankings are causing outrage in the Twitch community, mainly due to the placement of content from female streamers in the category “Pools, hot tubs and beaches“ to product. MeinMMO shows what the opinions are.
What kind of list is this? The weekly rankings cause a stir on the “StreamAwards” Twitter account. But the most recent ranking, “Streamer of the Week” for November 13, 2023, is met with considerable controversy in the Twitch community.
The list of top 5 German-speaking streamers consists of Mellooow_, HoneyPuu, xFibii, Vansessy and Mahluna. However, many are not satisfied with this, especially when it comes to Mellooow_ and Vansessy.
Twitch as an advertising platform for paid adult content
Why is the community upset? The outrage arises because both streamers have “Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches” listed in the top 3 of their stream categories (via Twitchtracker for Mellooow_ and Vansessy).
This category predominantly features women in bikinis or skimpy clothing in swimming pools or hot tubs.
The streamers are accused of using a business tactic that is also used by international streamers like Amouranth.
S! for social networks
Slightly suggestive but free content is displayed on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram or Twitch, while more explicit content is transferred to paid platforms such as OnlyFans. Twitch only serves as an advertising platform.
The “code” for this tactic is a phrase like “Y! for Socials”: This is an invitation to check out Onlyfans.
Amouranth also uses a similar business tactic:
What are the comments? The Twitch community reacts indignantly to this list, with numerous negative comments highlighting dissatisfaction.
Even prominent German Twitch streamer MckyTV, who has previously expressed his concerns about such broadcasts, is clear about this. In a comment on the Twitter post, he writes:
This list is disrespectful to every woman who sits for hours every day thinking about content. We can’t do anything about Twitch, but at least removing these streams from the list would be a start.
Mcky via X (formerly Twitter)
The unanimous opinion in the community is that such content should not appear in rankings:
- “AZPECT-CUSTOMZ” writes: “Broadcast awards for what? Shooting the camera in leggings? There are streamers who are distressed by the content and try to promote entertainment in their community, while others simply stick their asses in front of the camera. THEIR talk alone is disgusting. How can you tolerate something like this… seriously.
- “Polish priest“ he writes: “Poverty indication for Twitch Germany”
- “Terranwolf” writes: “So this list cannot be surpassed in terms of disrespect. Why are Mellow and Vansessy on this list? Streams violate community guidelines on all streams because buttocks are in the foreground. Read the guidelines. Get them both out of here.
- “Ninjang” writes: “With all love, streamers who violate the ToS really shouldn’t be featured here!”
- “Plex“ he writes: “And who watches these things? Precisely pubescent and adolescents. It is generally prohibited because there are always minors involved. […] Finally do something, Twitch”
- “ZeViBear“ he writes: “There are many streamers who are much more deserving of being on the list who produce decent and elaborate content. If a woman wants to make money with her body, go ahead. But not Twitch. I think it’s a shame that you support this.”
- “Mirii“ he writes: “I don’t understand why there are women out there who don’t make ANY CONTENT…. I mean, showing your ass isn’t content for me and Twitch is the wrong platform for it!”
Heated reactions in the community are leading to calls for a review of the criteria for these classifications. Many are calling for streamers specializing in sexually suggestive content to be removed from these lists. The objective is to strengthen the recognition of other content creators and ensure more diversity in official rankings.
You can read what Twitch said a while ago about content like Amouranth’s and what they want to do about it here: Amouranth Made Millions of Dollars From It – Twitch Is Finally Calling Mic Licking What It Is